Morecambe Bay Trust

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    Nexstor Cuts University Hospital Costs and Boosts Data Storage

    The Customer

    University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay (UHMBT), has been an NHS foundation trust since 2010. Serving South Cumbria and North Lancashire, the foundation comprises the Furness General Hospital in Barrow, the Royal Lancaster Infirmary in Lancaster and the Westmorland General Hospital in Kendal and has more than 5,000 employees.

    The Challenge

    With increasing data demands of up to 25TB, UHMBT needed 24 hour live data access with overnight backups to circumvent any threat of bottlenecks and system slowdowns at peak times during the day. The hospitals needed consistent and reliable email backup, as well as unstructured file data and SQL databases from numerous departmental clinical systems. UHMBT was experiencing issues related to speed and reliability of data protection as well as backup and archive processes across the hospital’s main infrastructure. The storage enhancements instigated by UHMBT form part of a five-year plan of on-going improvements by the NHS Trust, concentrating on IT infrastructure, facilities, cost management and organisational  performance.

    The Solution

    The installation of two Spectra Logic solutions; the nTier Verde and T50e tape drive library. NexStor selected Spectra Logic because its systems had demonstrated a unique compatibility with the CommVault® Simpana® applications already in situ at UHMBT, thus enabling highly efficient data management and the ability to rapidly find, retrieve and access data. NexStor has built a specialist knowledge of data storage and data management solutions including SAN design and implementation, backup and recovery, DR and ILM Solutions utilising proven technologies to reduce the cost of storing and managing information. Delivering professional services to clients since 2004, NexStor provides products and solutions from the likes of HP, Dell, Cisco, Sony and EMC and to date has helped companies including world leaders in aero-engine and high technology manufacturing firm, Firth Rixson and top London law firm, Wedlake Bell, identify and run the most efficient storage infrastructures. UHMBT considered other tape solutions suppliers, but with the unbiased recommendations and information provided from NexStor, it found that the Spectra Logic tape, disk and library solution stood out for compatibility and as the best value for money. When combined with CommVault® Simpana®, this  custom arrangement eradicates tiered storage complexity, as well as considerably reducing the costs of data protection, management and access. This scalable configuration harmonises into a unified data management platform that tackles performance and storage demands, resulting in fast, reliable backup and secure archiving.


    Since the installation, University Hospitals Morecambe Bay is experiencing fast, efficient reliable backups and a secure archiving solution with the capacity to grow with the organisation to meet increasing data requirements. Other benefits include:
    • Reduced data protection, management and access costs
    • Highly scalable
    • One easily managed unified data management platform
    • Fast, reliable and efficient backups
    • Secure archiving
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    Troy Platts

    Troy has spent over 20 years helping organisations solve their data, storage and compute conundrums. He is a regular speaker at vendor events and spends any free time he has keeping abreast of advances in data platform technologies. He also makes a mean curry.

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