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December 25, 2011

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By CBR Staff Writer

Hong Kong- based healthcare provider Quality HealthCare Medical Services (QHMS) has selected IBM to build a virtualised infrastructure.

The project involves the consolidation of more than 100 servers into a cloud environment that hosts QHMS’ mission critical systems that serve over 600 medical centres in Hong Kong and Macau.

QHMS can reduce IT operational costs by 25% and software license and related maintenance costs by 23%, by reducing the number of physical servers from over 100 to eight IBM System x3650 servers and centralising storage.

The new server infrastructure will enable QHMS to reduce IT maintenance and disaster recovery costs, ensure production system maintainability and performance, and achieve energy-savings. The server infrastructure also includes an automated centralised back-up system of IBM System Storage DS3500 Express that enables fast, secure and cost-effective storage management, back up and recovery.

In addition, the deployment of the IBM Cognos Business Intelligence offering provides financial key performance indicator (KPI) and analysis and with IBM Cognos BI, QHMS can build a standardised and centralised information delivery platform that is scalable and flexible and that enables QHMS to monitor the performance of a wide range of services running on different systems.

QHMS chief operating officer Elaine Chu said the new cloud allows QHMS to deliver information to their doctors faster and in a more reliable way.

"As a result, we will be able to serve our patients more effectively and with higher levels of care. It is very exciting to see how we can make a difference to our patients with the help of technology," said Elaine Chu.

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IBM China/Hong Kong Systems and Technology Group executive Savio Ng said IBM is pleased to help Quality HealthCare build a smarter computing infrastructure to support its growth strategy.

"By providing a scalable server and storage infrastructure, we believe we can help Quality Healthcare drive greater efficiencies and address its business growth in a dynamic market," said Savio.

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