Leeds Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Case Study

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Case Study - Leeds Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

The Background

Leeds Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) provides effective, accessible and modern mental health and learning disability services to over 725,000 people within the metropolitan boundaries of Leeds. LPFT operates from over 60 sites and provides help to over 2,000 people every day.

The business relies upon a robust IT infrastructure that uses an industrial standard Service Management framework IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) to improve service delivery and drive service improvements. It covers six main sites consisting of two data centres, 32 servers, 1500 PC desktops and over 2500 users. An ICT team of 19 staff provides service, support and management functionality.

The Challenge

  • Consolidated servers virtualised on a reduced amount of hardware
  • A move from direct attached storage to a centralised approach
  • Resilience and redundancy to be provided at the main data centre
  • Business continuity and disaster recovery at a core satellite location
  • An architecture able to adapt to Trust growth and change requirements

The Solution

LPFT purchased a virtual environment that uses four HPE Blade servers (BL460) to host VMware VI3 virtualisation technology. The hosts connect to HPE’s Storage Works Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA4000) shared storage device, which uses high performance fibre connected disk drives. The virtual infrastructure uses the flexibility of VMware’s VMotion and VirtualCenter for centralised management, automation and optimisation of the environment.

In the plan 23 physical servers were to become redundant as they became virtualised, the team redeployed some of the newer models to remote sites running file and print as a tech refresh. Three of the newer, higher specification SQL servers have been recycled and used at the disaster recovery site at Becklin Centre 3 miles away from the main data centre. Having been virtualised, they now form the back bone of the DR site.

Vizioncore’s vReplicator provides effective and manageable failover to the DR site and undertakes scheduled data replication via a WAN link to complement normal tape back-up procedures.

The Results

The Trust now enjoys an architecture that supports future growth and change requirements as well as critical business continuity through an improved remote disaster recovery site.

The Benefits

Russell Hornshaw, Server Desktop & Applications Manager Hornshaw explains: “The system allows us to deploy, manage and utilise our IT staff more efficiently rather than wasting their time on legacy tasks.”

 “Development and testing can all be undertaken within a virtual rather than physical environment.

 Dave Shelley, Head of ICT at the Trust, said: “MCSA has been creative in its response to our brief with a value for money ‘virtualised’ solution.”

 “We have increased the effectiveness of our overall ICT infrastructure. With a consolidated centralised provision we can better manage and monitor servers, reducing our total cost of ownership and increasing the productivity of IT staff.