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IT infrastructure company EMC has unveiled plans to deploy its VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) software at Northern Hospital of Surry County, in Mount Airy, N.C., to lower health care costs and increase data protection at the facility.

"We were running out of processing capacity and space in our data center as we expanded our EMR (electronic medical records) infrastructure," Robbie Hall, Northern Hospital’s CIO, said in a statement. "With a private cloud based on EMC and VMware, we’ve become significantly more efficient while supporting a wave of clinical initiatives that are helping us improve the quality of our patient care."

EMC’s private cloud has brought more data efficiency to data management at Northern Hospital, Hall said.

Using EMC’s hardware, Northern Hospital has saved hundred of thousands of dollars by eliminating 20 servers and minimizing the maintenance of existing servers, EMC reports.

The hospital has also been able to lower power usage and network congestion. Northern Hospital plans to achieve 70–80 percent server virtualization within the next 12 months, according to EMC.

"Because we’re more efficient, our ratios of application development vs. technical support resources have gone from 50-to-50 to 35-to-65," Hall said. "As a result, we have more time for IT projects that help streamline the delivery of patient care and enable better collaboration among our clinicians."

For more, read the eWeek story: EMC, VMWAre Deploy VDI Cloud at North Carolina Hospital.