Top management at Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals set a very clear goal: By 2022, the Salt Lake City–based nonprofit plans to raise $1 billion annually to support the medical, research, technology and charitable needs of its 170 member hospitals across the United States and Canada.
The only way CMN Hospitals could handle the increased load was to upgrade its technology infrastructure, says Vice President of Information Systems Nick Ward. “I knew we needed to make a serious investment in infrastructure. I didn’t see how we could quadruple our fundraising growth in that time frame without focusing on our technology.”
After evaluating products from three manufacturers, the CMN Hospitals team opted to deploy a FlexPod converged infrastructure, which consists of server virtualization software from VMware, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers, Cisco Nexus switches and NetApp’s clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 storage operating system
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