Leading Hospital Relies on Red Hat Solutions for Improved Reliability and Patient Care


United States, February 11, 2008

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center hosts its mission-critical applications on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital in Boston, Mass., has migrated to Red Hat solutions, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Global File System, Red Hat Cluster Suite and Red Hat Network. Red Hat solutions have provided BIDMC with significant cost savings, higher system availability and streamlined disaster recovery, creating an opportunity to enhance patient care.

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is renowned for excellence in patient care, biomedical research, teaching and community service. It is the fourth-largest recipient of biomedical research funding from the National Institute of Health and staffs 3,000 doctors and 12,000 employees. The Information Systems Division of BIDMC, which maintains a datacenter with 146 mission-critical applications that are vital to the functioning of the hospital, decided to replace its proprietary operating system in 2005 with a more secure, reliable solution that could provide reduced operating and capital costs for the hospital. The IT department also looked to create a new disaster-recovery system that could improve performance and availability.

The internal security team at BIDMC had been running Red Hat Enterprise Linux on its servers for three years, and the hospital's Sr. Cache Administrator had extensive experience with Red Hat solutions with a previous hospital. After providing benchmark data that exhibited the benefits of Red Hat solutions to hospital decision-makers, BIDMC purchased Red Hat Enterprise Linux from Red Hat value-added provider, DLT Solutions. Red Hat Enterprise Linux now runs on 40 BIDMC servers, 11 of which are installed in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Cluster that hosts Intersystems Cache and the hospital's proprietary Triple A applications, those that are most mission-critical for patients. BIDMC implemented Red Hat Global File System and Cluster Suite to develop a more robust disaster-recovery strategy. With the solutions, BIDMC's IT team is creating a multi-tiered architecture that separates the network, applications and database layers with one stack.

With Red Hat solutions, BIDMC has realized significant cost savings and increased system availability. IT budgets are small, so we don't have much money to spend, but we have to be obsessed with security, privacy and reliability because in this industry when services go down, patient care can be disrupted, said Dr. John Halamka, MD, MS, Chief Information Officer of Harvard Medical School and of Beth Israel Deaconness Medical Center. Red Hat solutions provide us with high reliability and security, reduced TCO with lower costs from the use of commodity hardware and a strategy that allows us to support our mission-critical Triple A application levels. I haven't found another operating system that incorporates all of those benefits. We expect true zero downtime with our Triple A applications because our clusters will be geographically isolated across two physical locations.

BIDMC's future IT plans include migrating additional hospital systems from HP-UX to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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