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January 16, 2013 07:45 ET

HP Helps Service Provider ITX Enterprises Expand Private Cloud Service Delivery

Upgrading to HP Converged Infrastructure Speeds Time to Value for Health Practitioners

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - Jan 16, 2013) -  HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that ITX Enterprises Inc., a virtual desktop service provider for behavioral health professionals, has selected an HP Converged Infrastructure to host its private cloud and expand service delivery nationally.

ITX Enterprises provides the Pro-Filer™ behavioral health records management system to a consortium of 500 behavioral health professionals across the state of Utah. Pro-Filer offers secure online storage for client records as well as invoice and payables generation for health practitioners.

To roll out the Pro-Filer system on a national scale, the company needed a reliable infrastructure with the flexibility and scalability to host a private cloud of virtual desktops. After evaluating competitive offerings from Cisco, Dell and NetApp, ITX Enterprises chose server, storage and networking solutions from HP. The company discovered that competing solutions, such as Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), only provided a portion of the infrastructure it needed, and lacked converged storage solutions to support growing service demands. ITX Enterprises wanted a comprehensive solution from a single vendor to help reduce costs while simplifying system management and accelerating service delivery.

The updated infrastructure for ITX Enterprises includes a combination of HP's server and storage solutions, which streamline maintenance while easing troubleshooting and support. In addition, HP Networking has enabled ITX Enterprises to improve network performance while keeping costs down. Together, these components allow for better technical integration and convergence on a reliable, scalable platform.

"When we began discussions on offering the Pro-Filer system across the United States as a hosted solution, our infrastructure technology was outdated and just couldn't support the data-intensive service levels the system required," said Todd Christensen, IT manager, ITX Enterprises Inc. "After extensive research, we selected HP because their Converged Infrastructure delivered a comprehensive, integrated solution with the reliability and scalability we needed to support current as well as future business needs."

By leveraging single-vendor support for servers, storage and networking that is administered through a common management platform, ITX Enterprises delivered an 85 percent reduction in time to add, remove or change servers. By using an HP Virtual Connect Flex-10 10Gb Ethernet Module with HP 5800 switch series, the company also lowered costs with an 80-percent reduction in network cabling and switches.(1) In addition, the company easily expanded storage capacity as needed without unexpected downtime, reducing administration time by 75 percent.(1)

ITX Enterprises has recognized substantial cost savings from the rollout, which integrated an HP BladeSystem c7000 Enclosure with five HP ProLiant BL460c G7 server blades hosting virtual machines running VMware vSphere 5 and a four-node HP StoreVirtual Storage system. By using thin provisioning and storage clustering provided by the HP StoreVirtual Storage system, ITX avoided the purchase of 15 extra terabytes of direct attached storage (DAS) or network attached storage (NAS). The company also experienced an 89-percent reduction in physical servers and an $18,000 annual reduction in power consumption with the HP BladeSystem environment.(1) ITX runs VMware vSphere on the HP ProLiant servers, which provides the company with greater application performance and helps boost business responsiveness.

To ensure rapid deployment of its HP Converged Infrastructure, ITX Enterprises utilized HP Factory Express to preassemble, pretest and preconfigure the solution to its specifications. As a result, data center setup was complete in one hour, compared with weeks for comparable solutions -- a 99-percent reduction in system time to value.(1)

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(1) Based on ITX Enterprises internal data.

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