UNIX and Network Infrastructure
Development, Design, Implementation
and Support of a new UNIX and network infrastructure helps Deborah Hospital
Foundation increase system performance, eliminate down time, reduce TCO and embrace new technology.
In support of Deborah Heart and Lung Center, Browns Mills, NJ., a provider of medical and surgical treatment to patients with heart and lung disease and children with congenital heart disease without distinction as to race, color, religion, age, national origin, handicap or ability to pay and in support of clinical research for advancing the treatment of heart and lung disease.
When the Deborah Heart and Lung Center's avenues of health care were becoming more extensive, encompassing pulmonary, cardiac and vascular diseases, the leadership of Deborah recognized that the business of raising funds was becoming more complicated and a more comprehensive coordinated approach to fundraising was needed; thus in 1974, the Deborah Hospital Foundation was established.
Today their 275 community based chapters and their regions are ambassadors of information about our Center, providing a strong presence in their areas through their fundraising activities. Within the Foundation, new specialized departments of fundraising have developed, supplementing the chapters effort to stimulate interest and new sources of income through friends in business, labor organizations industry, corporations, foundations and organizations that help maintain our 161 bed hospital and campus. Basically, this laid the groundwork for the grass root volunteer and chapter network that consists of 68,000 members today, predominantly located along the Eastern seaboard from Maine to Florida that is Deborah Hospital Foundation.
Deborah Hospital needed to centralize it's regional data, consolidate multiple applications and servers and increase performance, high availability, expandability and growth in an open systems computing environment.
To meet the requirements of Deborah Hospital Foundation, ASK was engaged to architect a comprehensive technology plan that would replace and re-build a new computing foundation from the ground up. ASK addressed this redesign by developing a 4 Phased implementation plan encompassing a wide variety of proven technologies, hardware, software, networking products, implementation services and ongoing technical and consulting support.
Hewlett Packard LH Series Multi-Processor Netservers.
SCO UNIX Open Server Enterprise Operating System.
Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Operating System.
Hewlett Packard Vectra Desk Tops Computers.
Intel Hubs and Layer 3 Switching Products.
Cisco Internet Routing and Firewall Products.
ASK outlined a complete technology infrastructure refresh around Hewlett Packard's Intel based hardware platforms, high availability features, and critical support capabilities. "We needed a new architecture that would support multiple processors for redundancy as well as accommodate various new technologies," said Carl J. Minardo, Director Of Finance and Administration, Deborah Hospital Foundation. "The systems integrate our various business functions into a single, easy to use solution." said Minardo.
"ASK was engaged to design and implement a company wide solution that contained a high level of performance, flexibility, and overall consistency," said Stephen F. Pirolli, Principal Consultant, ASK Technologies, Inc. "This new architecture will allow Deborah Hospital Foundation to make the transition to fault resilient, symmetrical computing, enabling them to provide comprehensive information to their members, contributors and regions which is key to maintaining their current and future business goals. The new architecture is comprised of both UNIX and NT servers working in unison. The new centralized computing environment was designed to support internal legacy applications running under the stability of UNIX, productivity and networking applications running on Windows NT, remote connectivity and inter/intra net email and web browsing in a secure redundant data center." says Pirolli. "Our preliminary cost justification will yield a net savings of $58,000.00 over a 3 year period in maintenance fees alone. This number will at least triple when factoring in increased employee productivity, increased system performance and overall network availability.", says Pirolli.
"The solution brought us relief from out outdated system. We could no longer tolerate a 2-hour sort time when adding just a few records," said Karen Patterson, MIS Manager, Deborah Hospital Foundation. " We are very happy with the products and services supplied by ASK Technologies, Inc. Although the systems practically take care of themselves, when we do need support, ASK has a knowledgeable and available staff that provides us with timely responses.", said Patterson.
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