Hamad Medical Corporation revamps IT infrastructure

HMC has signed three contracts with Gulf Business Machines (GBM), to upgrade its network, install servers and implement a consolidated storage environment.

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By  Greg Wilson Published  September 29, 2003

In an effort to curtail spiralling costs and improve patient care, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is planning a comprehensive overhaul of its IT infrastructure.

The Qatar-based healthcare organisation has signed three contracts with IBM distributor, Gulf Business Machines (GBM), to upgrade its network, install servers and implement a consolidated storage environment.

“We have been conducting extensive evaluation that have allowed us to get a clear view of the upgrades we need make for the future,” explains Mohamed Al-Noimi, information technology director, HMC.

“Our IT department has examined our entire IT infrastructure, while a tender committee has been looking at the commercial justification. Based on this evaluation, GBM will be building us a tailored solution at a very competitive price,” he adds.

The networking side of the project will mean migrating away for the existing Fore Technologies-based ATM architecture to a Gigabit Ethernet network, using Cisco kit.

The network will connect approximately 3000 desktops scattered around HMC’s 23 health centres in Qatar.

The second area of the contract calls for the deployment of six IBM Unix servers to increase the reliability, scalability and availability of HMC’s healthcare information systems (HIS).

Two enterprise level servers will run HMC’s database application and four mid-range servers will run the HIS systems.

Finally, HMC will also implement an IBM-based storage environment.

GBM has also devised the implementation of the multi-prong project. Each element of the project will be deployed in parallel.

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