HMC overhauls IT infrastructure

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is overhauling its IT infrastructure as it looks to create an automated computing environment that will allow it to streamline its business processes and maximise internal efficiencies.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  September 17, 2003

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is overhauling its IT infrastructure as it looks to create an automated computing environment that will allow it to streamline its business processes and maximise internal efficiencies.

As part of the project, Gulf Business Machines (GBM) is helping the Qatari institute to upgrade its core network, install new servers and implement a storage consolidation and back-up solution.

"We have been conducting extensive evaluation procedures that have allowed us to get a clear view of the upgrades we need make for the future," says Mohamad Al-Niomi, IT director at 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 explains.

For the core network, HMC is migrating its entire infrastructure from ATM to an Ethernet Gigabit network based on technology from Cisco systems. The move should improve customer satisfaction levels by speeding up all processes and transaction times as the new network is slated to run twice as fast as the existing ForeSystems ATM technology.

On the server side, GBM will be implementing six Unix based servers to increase the availability, scalability and reliability of HMC's operation and ensure that it can handle greater volumes of complex information. Two enterprise level servers will run HMC's database application and four midrange machines will run the institutes health information system (HIS). The implementation of a storage and backup system will ensure all HMC's information is highly resilient against technical problems or attacks.

"Once fully implemented HMC will have completely automated processes in all of its healthcare facilities through the solid, available and scaleable IT infrastructure that is being installed," says Christian Fleck, general manager of GBM Qatar.

"This will ensure greater customer satisfaction levels through swifter transaction processing and more seamless integration between the three thousand desktops used by all HMC's employees," he adds.

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