Success Story: Breast Screen Victoria

A Positive Change for the Future

Established in 1992, BreastScreen Victoria (BSV) is a government funded community health organisation dedicated to the detection and defeat of breast cancer in women. BSV seeks and uses the best research and technology available to improve breast cancer screening and treatment.

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The Challenge

BSV experienced IT infrastructure performance and management issues including:

  • Aging hardware
  • High maintenance overhead
  • Low server utilisation
  • Server sprawl and management complexity

It also had a requirement to migrate its imaging application (Sectra PACS) from analogue to digital storage.

BSV wanted to undertake the migration in conjunction with a project to reduce costs and improve performance of its IT systems. It identified a need to centralise its storage and systems, and consolidate 70 physical servers to reduce power usage. At the same time, it wanted to ensure its disaster recovery (DR) processes were up to scratch.

BSV IT Director Peter Buzza was aware that this was a large and critical project. “We needed to better manage our virtualisation, hugely increase our storage capacity and also put in place a solid disaster recovery (DR) capability to replicate our data across two sites,” he said. Providing remote access to data was another requirement.

BSV engaged Cloud Solutions Group (CSG) to architect and deliver the project. CSG’s proposal recommended a VMware virtualisation and SAN solution that used VMware vSphere 5 and EMC VNX 5300 storage arrays. Technically, the choice fit well with the mission-critical imaging application, and at the same time the upgrade would deliver more efficient, flexible and secure storage capabilities.

The Solution

BSV’s upgrade was deployed over a two-month period with no unplanned disruption to services. The upgrade reduced the number of servers from 70 to seven, with the virtualisation of much of its hardware and storage drastically reducing BSV’s power utilisation as well as offering substantial cost savings.

“The new environment also offers faster provisioning,” says Buzza. “It’s minutes rather than weeks to reprovision if a server goes down. The flexibility, redundancy and environmental benefit is win-win for us.”

The Future

BSV is happy with the results of this project, and is keen to continue its relationship with CSG to further develop a long term strategy. “We have already achieved better flexibility, redundancy and a clearer definition of our future requirements,” he says. “The quality of service and focus on our needs has been hugely beneficial, and we are confident that CSG can help us as we continue to evolve our infrastructure.“

Key Benefits

  • Reduced server hardware by 90%, with consequent reduction in energy costs
  • Consolidated from 70 servers to seven hosts, providing better utilisation of hardware
  • Improved scalability, redundancy and performance
  • Implemented DR strategy with automated site failover
  • Introduced flexibility in infrastructure to respond to rapid growth

Technology Used

  • Cisco Nexus 10 Gb core switches
  • EMC RecoverPoint and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
  • EMC VNX5300 SANs with FAST Cache and FAST Tiering
  • HP servers
  • Symantec Backup Exec 2012
  • VMware vSphere 5.0

Solution Areas

  • Journey to the Cloud
  • On-premise and Virtualisation