Leading the Modern Data Center with Converged Platforms

A first of its kind awards, Leaders of the Modern Data Center , celebrate customers who are thought leaders in modernizing their data centers and transforming their businesses. CMO Nina Hargus presented the awards during EMC World’s Day 2 general session to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Etisalat MISR, Callaway Golf, Lightstorm Entertainment, Verizon Labs and The University of North Texas System Information Technology Shared Services.

A senior panel of EMC Leaders of the Modern Data Center award judges reviewed all nominations against a wide range of criteria, including the impact of IT and business transformation from the deployment of EMC’s strategic technologies and services. The awards recognize forward-thinking customers who are leveraging key EMC technology pillars driving today’s protected and trusted modern data center– flash, software-defined, scale-out and cloud-enabled– building Cloud and Big Data solutions to transform their businesses.

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Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, a nationally recognized, fully integrated academic medical center and healthcare system based in Winston-Salem, NC, received the award for its use of converged infrastructure to enhance patient care and enhance medical research.  Shelia Hartness, lead software systems engineer accepted the honor on behalf of Wake’s CFO, Chad Eckes, and CIO, Dee Emon.

In order to standardize, consolidate and converge technologies to simplify its IT environment, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center deployed three VCE® Vblock® Systems, models 720, 540 and 340, to power its software-defined data center it affectionately calls “Wake Cloud.” The converged infrastructure enhances the medical center’s patient care and advances medical research by supporting more than 750 applications including their EPIC electronic medical records platform. In a business where five minutes of downtime is unacceptable, the VCE-powered Wake Cloud delivers nearly 100 percent availability, up from 87 percent.

To learn more about Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s groundbreaking example of modernizing a data center and transforming a business with EMC converged infrastructure:

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