Norton Healthcare is the Louisville area’s largest hospital and health care system by market share, and third largest private employer. The not-for-profit system includes four large hospitals in Louisville, with a fifth under construction and scheduled to open in August 2009; 11 Norton Immediate Care Centers; 9,800 employees; nearly 300 employed medical providers at some 60 locations; and nearly 2,000 total physicians on its medical staff. Norton Healthcare serves patients in the Louisville Metro area, including Southern Indiana, and throughout Kentucky.
In the 1980s, Norton Healthcare inherited a basement data center to support mainframe computer systems. By 2006, the 35-year-old data center, which supported the organization’s 13,000 users and 400 servers, had reached its power capacity. Norton Healthcare overhauled its data center design to establish a power, cooling and monitoring infrastructure capable of supporting blade servers, virtualized servers, IP telephony systems, and electronic medical records.
- Doubled power capacity to establish a redundant power infrastructure to support more than 1,000 servers and future technologies.
- Increased cooling efficiency by establishing a hot-aisle/cold-aisle configuration capable of cooling high heat-density blade servers.
- Gained visibility of all environmental conditions and enabled proactive, preventative maintenance strategy through implementation of real-time monitoring.
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