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Case Study: Hybrid Cloud for Health care in IBM Cloud

Industry: Healthcare

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Company : GELA

GELA – Grupo Empresarial las Américas is a leading group of enterprises in the healthcare industry with operations in both Florida and Latin America. The organization operates 9 independent companies with a CAP and AABB accredited medical laboratory, an oncology institute, a high complexity clinic and an outpatient services clinic.


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Challenges Faced

Challenge 1: Networking Architecture

Organizing and establishing a well-defined vlan and sub network infrastructure on premises that could be easily and efficiently scaled and incorporated into a public cloud.

Challenge 2: Sizing of workloads

Establishing adequate sizing of workloads in order to determine which workloads stayed on-premise and which workloads were more adequate to be migrated to the public cloud.

Challenge 3: Security and patient information privacy

GELA patients needed to be guaranteed privacy and seamless connectivity between their private and public clouds under every possible work protocol.

Solution Provided

We at ne Digital, an IBM Advanced Business Partner, built an elastic hybrid cloud based on VMware vSphere that seamlessly expands GELA’s local data center into two IBM Cloud data centers. This empowered their IT team to control all workloads, clusters, hosts, and virtual machines from a single vCenter with complete flexibility and high availability.

Implementation Strategy

Infrastructure

This solution makes use of Bare Metal machines for ESXi hypervisors, OS Nexus SAN storage system and a Brocade vRouter Firewall to ensure that VPN connectivity between data centers is established and maintained in a secure fashion with complete granular control.

Networking

A complete set of VLANs was configured to segment traffic for management, redundant storage, public traffic, and a three-tier environment for database, application servers and web servers.

Connectivity

The on-premise networking is comprised of IBM and Juniper switching and routing and an IPSEC VPN tunnel was established between a Juniper SRX Cluster and the Brocade vRouter in IBM Cloud.

Tech Stack Deployed

  • IBM Cloud Bare Metal servers.
  • IBM Cloud Virtual Instances.
  • OS Nexus Virtual Appliance.
  • Brocade vRouter.

Success Data

80%

Reduction in cost for VMware Enterprise Plus ESXi Licensing

93%

Increased availability of services

0.5%

Reduced required personnel to manage public cloud infrastructure (FTE)

1

A single platform for on-premise and on-cloud workloads

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