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Louisiana STEM Magnet School Advances To 1:1 Learning With A Unified Network

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Company:
Patrick Taylor Academy,
Jefferson Parish Public School System

Industry:
Education

Network Solutions:

  • EX4200 and EX4550 Ethernet Switches
  • WLA532 Wireless LAN Access Point
  • WLC880 Wireless LAN Controller
  • SmartPass Connect
  • Ringmaster

Challenge

Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Public School System opened the doors on its new building for the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in September 2013.

The brand-new, 100,000-square foot building is designed to support Patrick Taylor Academy’s mission to engage students with research-based practices and collaborative learning. Wi-Fi is a prerequisite for 21st-century learning, but designing the wireless LAN access for the new facility was highly challenging.

Solution

Universal Data, Inc. deployed a wired and wireless network with Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches, Juniper Network WLC880 Wireless LAN Controllers, and Juniper Networks WLA532 Wireless LAN Access Points at Patrick Taylor Academy.

The Wi-Fi at Patrick Taylor Academy covers not only classrooms but also common areas and auditoriums.

Results

The network was deployed over the summer of 2013, so the students would be ready to learn from the first day of class. And when opening day came, the IT service desk did not receive a single call about network access.

The IT administrators, who were new to using Juniper Networks Junos operating system, quickly learned the OS. They appreciated the simplified network operations, improved reliability and the ease of managing their new Wi-Fi network.

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EMC Solutions Power New Hospital In One Of Hurricane Katrina’s Hardest-Hit Areas

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Company:
St. Bernard Parish Hospital

Industry:
Healthcare

Network Solutions:

  • EMC VNX unified storage
  • EMC FAST Suite
  • EMC Avamar
  • VMware
  • VMware View
  • Healthland health information system

Challenge

When St. Bernard Parish Hospital was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, the community lost its principal healthcare resource. Now, St. Bernard Parish Hospital (SBPH) is open and serving St. Bernard Parish in its new state-of-the-art, 40-bed facility.

Rebuilding gave the hospital’s IT management the opportunity to transform its infrastructure to a private cloud. In addition, the storage system needed to support automated storage tiering in order to reduce costs and maximize storage utilization and performance. SBPH also wanted to provide their staff with anywhere, anytime access via a virtual end user computing environment. Finally, the hospital wanted a disk-to-disk backup and recovery solution.

Solution

Universal Data Incorporated and SBPH worked together to road-map a comprehensive solution that would meet the hospital’s needs. We implemented EMC VNX unified storage, integrated with VMware, to fully support its journey to the private cloud.

The VNX implementation includes the EMC FAST Suite (which includes FAST VP and FAST Cache) and Flash drives. This FLASH 1 strategy ensures that hot or active data is automatically stored on Flash for optimal performance, while less active data is tiered to high capacity drives for the lowest overall cost per gigabyte.

The hospital also chose VMware View for its virtual end user computing implementation. EMC Avamar de-duplication backup software and system provides backup and recovery.

Results

St. Bernard Parish Hospital has virtualized 98 percent of its mission-critical applications, including its Healthland health information system, its two PACS systems, which support radiology and cardiology, and another 20 support applications.

By using the virtual end user computing system VMware View, SBPH staff now has anytime, anywhere access to critical applications, patient records, PACS data and other important information.

Working with UDI, St. Bernard Parish Hospital has also installed a dual-node Avamar system for backup and recovery, eliminating the need for tape backup and recovery systems.

The EMC private cloud solution enables SBPH doctors and staff to deliver excellence in patient care through high-performance access to critical patient records and images. SBPH now has the ability to meet increased data storage requirements that may result from healthcare legislation.

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