American Red Cross X Dell Technologies
Keeping lifesaving journeys on track.
- Company: American Red Cross
- Industry: Humanitarian Services
- Headquarters: Washington, DC
Helping to save lives isn't easy, but technology can help make it easier. With Dell EMC and VMware technologies, the American Red Cross aims to process and transport blood as quickly and securely as possible — wherever and whenever it's needed.
Powering the world's most vital supply chain.
The American Red Cross provides about 40% of the blood supply in the US from more than 2.8 million volunteer blood donors each year. When it comes to helping save lives and providing crucial treatments, time makes all the difference. Having access to the right technologies helps volunteers and employees mobilise instantly with real-time access that brings blood swiftly and securely to patients in need.
When it comes to transforming lives, every second counts.
The American Red Cross works around the clock, around the calendar, to keep their inventories and distribution optimised. From testing to transport, from tracking to temperature, it uses Dell EMC and VMware to help ensure that hospital needs are met. From virtualisation to data record keeping, technology is critical to its lifesaving mission.
A critical mission requires mission-critical IT.
To further deliver on its promise to prevent and alleviate human suffering, the American Red Cross has undergone a total IT transformation over the past two years, upgrading and virtualising its data centres to make data and technology more available to staff and volunteers in mobile environments. Now, they've found new opportunities to streamline redundancies, and have increased their capabilities to deploy more applications where needed.
“Disasters don't stop after 5 pm. Now I can log in anywhere I have Internet access. The virtual workplace has really changed how we deploy technology.”
Michael Spencer, Technical Lead, American Red Cross
Optimised technologies for agile organisations.
Employees and volunteers need the most up-to-date software to provide a swift response to disasters and blood needs — anywhere, anytime. With the power of VMware virtualisation technologies, the American Red Cross can reduce image management costs, and give over 10,000 unique users access to the tools that they need, running apps from their data centre quickly and where bandwidth is limited.
Capability, agility and scalability in a flash.
Last year, the American Red Cross moved almost 6.5 million blood products where they were needed most. They also moved critical applications to their new data center — leveraging the cloud and refreshing their technology to help deliver mobility to the field. With Dell EMC's all-flash XtremIO storage array in their arsenal, the American Red Cross data center operates 50% faster and with a 3:1 data reduction.
Make minutes last a lifetime.
Blood is one of the most lifesaving medicines on Earth, yet no drug manufacturer can make it, meaning this treatment is dependent on human donors. Up to 40% of the US blood supply flows through the American Red Cross. Blood has a multitude of vital capabilities which make it imperative to keep in high supply. Watch this video to see the impact donations can make, and — if you can — schedule your appointment to give the gift of life today.
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