Major IT infrastructure upgrade at RCPCH

rcpchSystem Professional have installed a major new IT infrastructure platform at The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, following a successful tender award.

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has over 15,000 members in the UK and abroad, including consultant paediatricians, community health doctors, trainee paediatricians, research workers, general practitioners and other medical specialists who work with children.

The College is responsible for training and examining thousands of paediatricians in the UK. It sets standards for professional and postgraduate medical education to ensure children and young people receive the highest possible standards of healthcare.

Following a series of initial meetings with Alan McMahon (Head of IS) and Olly Rice (Infrastructure and Operations Manager) at The RCPCH around their future IT infrastructure plans and strategy, System Professional were subsequently invited to respond to a formal Server Infrastructure Upgrade Invitation to Tender (ITT).

The RCPCH were looking to upgrade their core IT infrastructure and server operating system, which included ageing physical servers utilising local direct attached storage.

After receiving The RCPCH’s ITT document, System Professional’s consultancy team clarified the specific requirements and proposed a comprehensive new solution design that included the installation and configuration of a Nimble Storage array, Microsoft Exchange and Server upgrade, VMware vSphere server virtualisation and a simple to administer Veeam Backup and DR solution.

The new IT infrastructure has delivered a number of real business benefits to Olly Rice and the ICT team at The RCPCH. They now operate a resilient, high performing hardware platform that makes a far more efficient use of compute resources. It is simpler to manage and administer on a day to day basis and provides a highly available application platform to staff and users, reducing downtime. Significantly, it also delivers a clear Backup and DR strategy to the organisation as a whole.

Chris Moss, Marketing Director at System Professional, explained how “We are really pleased that The RCPCH chose System Professional to deliver the IT infrastructure upgrade. Our technical team operated within strict deadlines to ensure the overall project success and found Olly and his team a pleasure to work with. We are delighted to add such a high profile customer to our growing Charity and Not for Profit client base and look forward to working with The RCPCH again in future.”

In summary, Olly expressed his satisfaction with the overall IT infrastructure project design, delivery and ongoing support – “The work was completed on time with no issues. The whole implementation was undertaken professionally and was one of the smoothest upgrades I have experienced in 15 years at the RCPCH. We anticipate a long relationship with System Professional based on the performance of the server upgrade and storage project.”

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Chris Moss
Chris Moss is the Marketing Director for System Professional.

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