EMC to provide technology to Munson Healthcare
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EMC to provide technology to Munson Healthcare

These days, hospitals all over the world are being forced to implement new technology in order to better handle the extensive amount of information accumulated each day. These medical corporations often look to some of the biggest names in IT in order to get the best storage and other products on the market.

In one recent example, Michigan-based Munson Healthcare announced that it had chosen EMC Corporation to help with IT efforts at its five clinic centers and eight hospitals in the state. The firm will use a combination of systems through the private cloud to help with its Health Information Exchange (HIE), as it seeks to make communications between different facilities more efficient.

Specifically, EMC stated that Munson Healthcare had  used its EMC VPLEX Metro virtual storage product, replacing its previous device, the HP SAN Virtualization Services Platform. The EMC products will run on VMWare Sphere.  

Munson Healthcare's senior systems engineer, Scott Dingman, said that his company's rapid expansion in the past few years led to a need for better technology. During the last four years, there have been 184 physicians added to its system, and better products were needed in order to serve their needs. He said that he was impressed with the strategic vision provided by EMC.

"EMC offered a detailed roadmap and vision for enabling storage virtualization and ITaaS," Dingman said in a statement. "EMC has enabled us to expand and enable more physicians to deliver quality patient care. We selected VNX for its tight integration with VMware and ability to help us on our virtualization journey.  It was a natural fit to put an EMC product behind VPLEX.  With VNX and the FAST Suite, our IT environment is able to scale and transform as our business continues to grow."

Other organizations in the medical field have been selecting EMC products to make processes more efficient. Last month, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) announced that it would use EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems, EMCNetWorker unified backup and EMC VNX unified storage to serve its staff of around 3,500.