SOURCE: IBM

August 17, 2007 08:00 ET

Antelope Valley Hospital Gets a Healthy Dose of Data Center Technologies From IBM

Hospital Migrates From Dell Systems to Virtualized IBM System x

ARMONK, NY--(Marketwire - August 17, 2007) - IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today that Antelope Valley Hospital is migrating from 70 Dell systems to just four virtualized IBM System x servers to dramatically improve data center performance and reduce energy costs. With fewer physical servers, the hospital's datacenter will run cooler and energy costs will be significantly reduced.

Founded more than 50 years ago, the Los Angeles County, California-based hospital is the only non-profit hospital in the Antelope Valley and offers a full range of services, including comprehensive diagnostic imaging services, surgical and critical care units, rehabilitation and specialized cardiac care services. Antelope Valley Hospital also has the second busiest emergency department in Los Angeles County, seeing more than 100,000 patients per year. With the community depending on the hospital to meet their healthcare needs, the physicians and hospital staff must have reliable information technology (IT) systems.

To provide the hospital with the high reliability it needs for their IT systems, Antelope Valley Hospital leaders turned to IBM System x3850 servers featuring IBM's X3 Architecture with three levels of memory protection and advanced systems management, and IBM System Storage DS4800. The advanced, integrated technologies enable the hospital to run more efficiently for staff and patient needs.

"Many patients don't realize how important IT systems are to the care they receive. It is critical that our systems have the advanced technology to help us stay at the forefront of patient safety and medical technology," said Humberto Quintanar, Antelope Valley Hospital's chief information officer. "The new IBM systems are more reliable and have increased capacities to meet our needs. Now, when we need to run a new application, we can simply add a new virtual server on IBM System x -- cutting downtime from days to just minutes."

About Antelope Valley Hospital

Celebrating more than 50 years of caring for the community, Antelope Valley Hospital, a facility of Antelope Valley Healthcare District, is a not-for-profit, 420-bed hospital that was founded in 1955. The hospital is dedicated to providing quality care and services to everyone in the Antelope Valley. AV Hospital is located in Lancaster, California. For further information, please visit www.avhospital.org.

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