SOURCE: GridIron Systems

GridIron Systems

June 05, 2012 08:01 ET

MultiPlan Turbocharges Healthcare Cost Management Applications 5X With GridIron Systems' All-Flash OneAppliance

GridIron OneAppliance TurboCharger Is Enabling Improved Managed Healthcare for the Nation's Largest Cost Management Solutions Provider With Dramatically Faster Decision Making and Accelerated Delivery of New Business Functions

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 5, 2012) - GridIron® Systems, a pioneer in Big Data acceleration, today announced that MultiPlan has adopted its OneAppliance™ TurboCharger™ to fast track delivery of healthcare cost management solutions. Since deploying TurboCharger, MultiPlan has experienced significant improvements in its ability to meet service level agreements (SLAs), rapidly produce business intelligence reports, and deliver new functionality to concurrent users throughout its network. In addition, MultiPlan has estimated that it has saved $400,000 in storage infrastructure capital expenditure with its TurboCharger deployment.

As the oldest, largest and most comprehensive provider of healthcare cost management solutions in the United States, MultiPlan depends on rapid access to data. The company now processes in excess of 110 million claims per year through their networks, so maintaining stringent response time SLAs while experiencing rapid growth was a concern. Servicing 900,000 contracted healthcare providers and 57 million consumers places extreme demands for concurrent access, scalability, and 24x7 availability on MultiPlan's data warehouse storage infrastructure.

"Rapid business growth is driving us to stay ahead of the curve with our IT infrastructure," said Keith Bush, Senior Vice President of IT and Chief Information Officer at MultiPlan, Inc. "GridIron has enabled us to cost-effectively scale our infrastructure and speed up business applications by eliminating the I/O bottlenecks that were making it a challenge to meet SLAs. The deployment was completely non-disruptive to our business applications and we have improved productivity while leveraging existing systems and processes."

MultiPlan deployed two GridIron GT-1100A TurboCharger appliances into its Storage Area Network in an active-active cluster. Transparently sitting between the storage and the servers, TurboCharger appliances continuously record the data access patterns of applications, including MultiPlan's Oracle data warehouse and business intelligence applications. TurboCharger predictively caches the data that is critical to application performance in its fast Random Access Memory (RAM) and Flash tiers and makes it available to applications at microseconds latencies. For MultiPlan, this has resulted in performance gains of up to 500%. Reports that previously took 123 hours to complete now finish in 25 hours, enabling timely and efficient decision making. MultiPlan also reports that it has accelerated its delivery of new business functions because developers are more productive in leveraging usage of shared data assets enabled by TurboCharger's ability to allow concurrent access from multiple applications to the same databases.

"Companies with 24x7 operations require solutions that cause minimal to no disruption to critical business applications. Customers like MultiPlan rely on highly available, responsive business intelligence and data warehouses to run their businesses and keep their customers happy," said Prasad Pammidimukkala, Vice President of Marketing at GridIron Systems. "GridIron's TurboCharger is the only solution in the market today that can be deployed to deliver high performance storage access without disrupting existing operations. We are delighted that MultiPlan is seeing such high-value benefits from our Big Data acceleration solutions. It's very rewarding to be part of their progress in driving down healthcare costs."

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