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Healthcare IT News - "Docs use 'green' IT"

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I wanted to highlight a story in Healthcare IT News which touches on hardware reduction, cost savings, ‘green’, business agility and disaster recovery themes related to virtualization. The story integrates Microsoft healthcare customers KSF Orthopedics Center, highlighting their ability to rapidly respond during some of the natural disasters that touched on their regions, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, who has been able to consolidate their hardware by 75 percent and save $4,300 per server in hardware, maintenance, electrical and real estate costs. Read the full article here - http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/docs-use-%E2%80%98green%E2%80%99-it

Docs use ‘green’ IT

Healthcare IT News Staff

HOUSTON – There's more than one way to go green. Kevin Harris, director of IT at KSF Orthopaedics Center in Houston, picked virtualization.

With technology from Microsoft, he reduced from 12 to three the number of servers the 13-physician, 160-employee practice uses at its two offices and surgery center.  For the practice it means a smaller carbon footprint and yet undetermined cost savings. It also means greater flexibility.

Creating a virtual machine enables organizations like KSF to run multiple operating systems simultaneously on a single physical server, explains Chris Sullivan, industry solutions director, Microsoft U.S. Health and Life Sciences Group. It makes it possible for organizations big and small to eliminate underused physical servers and save the energy costs they would otherwise consume. Virtualization also gives clinicians more mobility, notes Sullivan.

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