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Rapid healthcare growth sparks massive VM breakout

The healthcare market continues to lead the U.S. economy in rapid growth as the population ages and the Affordable Healthcare Act gains ground by insuring up to 20 million people.



  • Healthcare has a projected 26.5 percent growth rate, and data center performance must grow with it.
  • Virtualizing more of their data center will enable healthcare organizations to increase operation efficiency and reduce capital expenditures.
  • Tintri VM-aware storage, with VM-level analytics and operations, is the best candidate for healthcare data center success.

When compared to other industries, which have grown by less than 10 percent, healthcare is booming by comparison with a projected 26.5 percent growth rate. Some experts predict that by 2022, nearly one in eight U.S. jobs will be in healthcare. As patients, services and healthcare professionals grow, so does data and demand for increased data center performance. To keep up, healthcare organizations are virtualizing more of their data center to increase operation efficiency and reduce capital expenditures.

Tintri customers are leading this trend by leveraging VM-Aware Storage (VAS) to better manage their VM infrastructures. Consider these examples:

Dominion Diagnostics

Dominion Diagnostics, a leading national laboratory that offers drug detection and prescription drug monitoring, and clinical blood testing services, turned to Tintri to replace its legacy storage systems to expand capacity and improve performance. The search for a new platform began when the company realized that by the summer of 2014 it would exhaust the amount of storage space on its legacy system.  

Before Tintri, the lab had a 17,000 IOPS legacy system that occupied 19 rack units. After Tintri, they were able to perform at 60,000 IOPS while filling only four racks.

“We are now running databases of every kind on the Tintri system,” said Jamie Nolen, senior network administrator at Dominion Diagnostics. “We are running all of our DB2, Oracle, and MS SQL databases on Tintri. Our DB2 database is the largest one at 3 TB. All of our database VMs require high performance and Tintri chugs away with more IOPS than we need.” 

Cross Country Healthcare

Cross Country Healthcare, a national leader of primary healthcare staffing and workforce solutions, addressed its growing pains by replacing its NetApp and EMC infrastructure with Tintri.

“Our company was growing rapidly, and we were getting ready to consolidate five business lines into a more streamlined IT model,” said Jason Bourque, vice president of infrastructure.

With two new Tintri systems, Cross Country Healthcare is running disparate workloads and 400 different VMs across a single platform with less cost and zero performance degradation.

“The Tintri system can easily handle the high I/O needs of our most demanding apps. Even with all of our mixed workloads, we aren’t even close to exceeding the performance limits of the Tintri system,” he said.

Life Science Innovations

Life Science Innovations (LSI) provides strategic guidance, administrative support, and capital funding to bring to market leading life sciences and engineering companies. Their growth quickly exceeded what their NetApp infrastructure could provide.

“Our company grew a little bit faster than we anticipated,” admitted Tim Starkenburg, systems administrator at Life Science Innovations. “But when we virtualized everything including our MS SQL and Exchange servers, the NetApp arrays weren’t able to keep up with all of the I/O requests and performance kept deteriorating.”

Starkenburg replaced NetApp with two Tintri T820s to dramatically reduce the company’s CapEx and OpEx.

“We purchased the first Tintri system at a quarter of the cost of the new NetApp solution,” Starkenburg said. “Not only did it completely resolve all of our performance issues, it also enabled us to take the entire load off of the NetApp.”

The LSI team sold their NetApp systems to recoup some of the purchase costs and reused some of the money to buy a third Tintri system. In addition to cost savings, LSI reduced the amount of space and power to run the Tintri systems.

“It used to take a lot of IT manpower to manage the storage environment,” Starkenburg noted. “By moving to Tintri, we saved at least $15,000 each year in consulting fees alone. Plus, it eliminated all of the time my boss was spending managing the ‘system insanity’.”

These are just three healthcare customers who discovered how to manage growth and reduce costs with a virtual environment led by Tintri. Check out our Customers page for more!

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