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Mid Coast Hospital streamlines urgent care desktops using VMware View™, Cisco UCS, and Atlantis ILIO

Mid Coast Hospital, Maine’s most modern hospital, has deployed Atlantis ILIO™ storage optimization software on the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (UCS) as part of its VMware View™ deployment to help streamline IT operations while providing reliable and high performance virtual desktops for physicians, nurses and staff.


Date: 24 Jul 2012

“With virtual desktops, it is much easier for us to deploy new applications, to make changes on the fly and get desktops out to our physicians, nurses, and staff very rapidly," said Michael Poulin, Manager of Network Services at Mid Coast Hospital. “The new system allows us to manage PCs more efficiently and effectively while reducing overall operational costs and increasing reliability for providers and staff.”

Mid Coast Hospital initially selected VMware View to deliver virtual desktops as a service for a newly built strategic urgent care center. The aggressive project timeline called for the VDI infrastructure to be up and running within 90 days. To help accelerate the project, Mid Coast Hospital turned to GreenPages Technology Solutions to design and deliver a virtual desktop infrastructure that could meet deadlines and lower deployment risks.
“Mid Coast’s IT team manages a lot of desktops throughout its healthcare system. In efforts to get the new walk-in facility up and running, they were looking for ways to increase the number of computer systems while optimizing storage capacity,” said Francis Czekalski, senior enterprise consultant, GreenPages Technology Solutions. “In order to get the new facility online in three months we enlisted Atlantis ILIO in order to avoid complex storage sizing and deliver a working environment faster. It solved a key challenge with VDI: storage.”

GreenPages designed a virtual desktop infrastructure using VMware View with Atlantis ILIO storage optimization software running on Cisco UCS servers using local storage. The storage optimization provided by Atlantis ILIO allows the infrastructure to handle boot storms, re-compositions, and patching without impacting the user experience.

“The latest version of Atlantis ILIO is incredibly fast,” continued Poulin. “We are able to deploy 70 linked clones per server in 12 minutes, and we can do that on all servers at the same time to scale to an unlimited number of users with no performance impact.”

“The clinical applications using Atlantis ILIO perform faster in virtual desktops than on a physical PC,” continued Czekalski.

Mid Coast Hospital deployed VMware View with Atlantis ILIO on the Cisco UCS C250 servers. The Cisco Extended Memory Technology (EMT) allowed them to support 192GB of RAM per server, increasing the number of virtual desktops per server. With Atlantis ILIO, Mid Coast runs between 70 and 150 VMware View linked-clones per server on inexpensive local disks.


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