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Warren Memorial Hospital Deserts NetApp & VMware for Gridstore -- Gains 10X Performance Saving 66%

New Solution Provides Instant Access to Patient Records

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 09/23/14 -- Gridstore™, the leader in converged infrastructure architecture purpose-built for Microsoft Hyper-V, today announced that Warren Memorial Hospital in Friend, Nebraska, selected as one of the top 20 critical access hospitals in the nation, has chosen Gridstore to provide its innovative storage technology allowing them to utilize the most modern technology solution that would provide more functionality and capacity within a community hospital's budget.

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Included in its vision of the future is Warren Memorial Hospital's drive to acquire state-of-the-art technology in order to provide the optimum healthcare experience for every patient. In its modernization efforts, Warren Memorial decided that prohibitively high licensing fees were reason enough for it to search for an alternative to its NetApp and VMware environment. CIO Matt Scott notes that Gridstore appeared at the right time and provided a potential solution to the hospital's need for improved performance and scalability as well as reduced acquisition and maintenance costs.

"Warren Memorial is a small, critical access hospital. We licensed VMware and purchased NetApp, and the annual fees were huge, with Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) up to $50K per year -- and we did not need that expense. It was time to consider other options. We briefly looked at HP and EMC, and then Gridstore came calling."

Warren Memorial Hospital made the move away from VMware to Hyper-V with a key goal of optimizing I/Os on VMs. Its new platform includes Microsoft System Center managing Hyper-V servers clustered together with three Gridstore Performance Nodes for storage in a company-wide installation, supporting all of the IT functions within the hospital. "Our primary gain is performance improvements," said Scott. "We are at wire speed and running in real time since the Gridstore installation. Our SQL database and exchange servers are performing much better. It used to take three to five minutes for our staff to log in, now the same function takes 30 seconds at most. Gridstore is easy to manage and is way simpler than NetApp. By being able to establish and manage QoS on our most critical apps, we can now spend less time with technology and more time treating our patients, which is of utmost importance to us."

Warren Memorial Hospital realized several benefits in implementing Gridstore:

  • Performance enhancements from the Gridstore installation were significant. The hospital has realized a 6-10X improvement in performance with a 2/3 reduction in cost.
  • 40 virtual servers and 30 to 40 desktops that are now up and ready to use on demand.
  • Digital X-Rays are now available and electronically stored on site, rather than archived.
  • The hospital is now in compliance with Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs for the "meaningful use" of certified technology to improve patient care.

Scott added, "Storage is like a closet, eventually you are going to fill it up and need more space. We can see how it will be straightforward to expand the Gridstore grid here at Warren Memorial in the future. We would not hesitate to add more Gridstore as we need it."

About Warren Memorial Hospital
Warren Memorial Hospital, located in Friend, Nebraska, is an integral part of the community it has served over the past 80 years. Dedicated to supporting and healing its community by providing quality and progressive healthcare services, Warren Memorial Hospital's vision is to continue to be a trusted healthcare partner and to meet the needs of its entire community through incomparable care and wellness services.

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Gridstore™ is the leader in software-defined storage purpose built for virtualization that is designed to accelerate applications in virtualized environments. Using its patented Server-Side Virtual Controller™ Technology (SVCT) to eliminate the I/O blender effect and accelerate applications Gridstore delivers vmOptimized™ Storage that self-optimizes to each application or VM across both virtual and physical environments. Leveraging a grid architecture, Gridstore delivers the first end-to-end storage QoS to ensure the most important App or VM performance is never compromised. The storage grid, that uses Gridstore's performance optimized nodes or capacity optimized nodes, starts with as few as 3 nodes and then can grow one or more at a time to deliver a cost effective scale-as-you-grow solution. Headquartered in Mountain View, CA. its products and services are available through a global network of value-added resellers. For more information, please visit: http://www.gridstore.com

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