Nordic Medtest funded by Sweden’s Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications, gains better performance, scale, resilience, and easier management with Nexenta and Layer 8 IT-Services
Santa Clara, CA and Stockholm, SE – 10 March 2015 - Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Open Source-driven Software-Defined Storage (OpenSDS), today announced that it has been chosen by Nordic Medtest, a Swedish healthcare IT project, to meet its demand for a safe, stable, flexible and high performing SAN solution. Nordic Medtest has a full range of testing services that help customers to develop, test and safely implement IT services in healthcare.
Nordic Medtest is a project funded by Vinnova, the Swedish agency for innovation, and involves three key groups - the Council of Värmland, Compare - an umbrella organization that provides a community for IT companies to collaborate with each other, and the University of Karlstad, which helped secure the grant for Nordic Medtest. The aim of the project is to provide an independent and open competence centre where healthcare organizations can develop, test and safely introduce new and innovative IT services in healthcare in cooperation with IT system and software suppliers.
The pre-study for the Nordic Medtest project began in September 2012, with a view of securing grant funding by April 2013 and having a technical infrastructure in place by September 2015. The organization’s existing SAN, used for the Compare Testlab, was based on open source software and standard hardware but concerns over its stability grew, particularly around functionality and performance.
Torbjorn Wiger, CTO of Compare and Nordic Medtest, approached Layer 8 IT-Services, Nexenta’s partner in Sweden, to discuss NexentaStor. Wiger was interested in NexentaStor as it is a cost-effective solution, based on open source software. “We wanted a safe, stable, flexible, high performing SAN solution, but we did not want to be locked into a proprietary storage solution. Having an open system on standard server hardware was an important factor for us,” said Torbjorn Wiger.
For the hardware, Layer 8 installed two Dell PowerEdge R720s to run NexentaStor, interconnected with a Dell PowerVault MD3060e storage array in a high availability configuration. The NexentaStor/Layer 8 system ensures that Nordic Medtest can enjoy high capacity and performance to easily meet the requirements when the project comes fully into service in September 2015.
“A high capacity, high performing and flexible solution is vital for Nordic Medtest to grow and succeed. With this project, it’s not just a simple business organization, the IT infrastructure performance can directly affect the welfare of sick and vulnerable people,” explained Mark Jordan, VP and GM, EMEA at Nexenta. “NexentaStor allowed for a secure, stable and more importantly an open source SAN solution with no vendor lock-in.”
To learn more, please find the Nordic Medtest case study here.
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