Press Release - Dudley IT Services Select Cristie and SmartStack from Nimble Storage

Dudley IT Services, the group responsible for delivery of IT Services to a number of NHS organisations within the West Midlands region, have today announced their direction with Storage, Compute & Networking

20th August 2014 - Dudley, West Midlands, UK

  

Dudley IT Services, the group responsible for delivery of IT Services to a number of NHS organisations within the West Midlands region, have today announced their direction with Storage, Compute & Networking

 

Nathan Allmont, lead Technical Architect for Dudley IT Services, is delighted with the decision:

"We have been conducting our own research and testing around primary storage platforms that can deliver a high level of performance, increased reliability and scalability, whilst reducing the overall cost of capacity provision - we've finally found a platform that we can deploy for today's needs, with the confidence it can scale as our service grows."

 

The Trust have chosen Cristie Data to deploy a SmartStack solution, based on Nimble Storage, Cisco UCS/Nexus and VMWare.  The Nimble Storage SmartStack is a reference architecture that is built on Cisco UCS and pre-validated by ecosystem partners such as VMware.  Nathan added:

"It was important to us that the system we chose fit in with our existing infrastructure, whilst also giving us the benefit of combined support - we didn’t want a situation where one vendor was deferring to the other, delaying fix times."

 

Cristie Data were chosen to help design and implement this solution for the Trust based on its proven work within the NHS and with Nimble Storage:

"We have worked with Nathan and the team to help design and recommend a suitable solution for the Trust.  Having been recently recognised as UK & Ireland reseller partner of the year 2013, we are well placed to deploy, configure and support the SmartStack solution, end-to-end." said Ryan Smith, Sales Director, Cristie Data.

 

This strategic solution decision will enable Dudley IT Service to expand their existing service offerings.  Dudley IT Service already offer managed and hosted services to other NHS Trusts from their state-of-the-art datacentre facility, which is being extended to other local Public Sector clients and beyond.

"Dudley IT Services are excited to be increasing the scope of our data services offerings, whilst driving down cost and improving resilience.  Nimble Storage will allow us the flexibility to grow quickly and easily as our service expands" - Phil Turnock, Head of IT - Dudley IT Services.

 

This decision also firmly establishes Nimble Storage as an accepted and budget-efficient solution to the Healthcare sector, with many more Trusts in the UK considering a converged infrastructure or reference architecture approach. 

 

The solution will be implemented and configured by Cristie Data, also capable of providing first-line support for the Nimble Storage SmartStack for VDI with VMware solution as a whole.

"Cristie are delighted to be working with such a forward-thinking Trust and look forward to helping them expand their offerings into other sectors." said Steve Blakemore, Technical Director, Cristie Data.

About Dudley IT Services

For more informtion about Dudley NHS IT Services please follow the links below.

Dudley IT Services Overview

http://www.dudleyitservices.nhs.uk/ 

Dudley IT Services "Hot Topics"

http://www.dudleyitservices.nhs.uk/2014/10/building-blocks/