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Delivering Large-Scale IT Projects On Time, Budget, and Value.

As IT systems become an important competitive element in many industries, technology projects are getting larger, touching more parts of the organization, and posing a risk to the company if something goes wrong. On average, large IT projects run 45 percent over budget and 7 percent over time, while delivering 56 percent less value than predicted. At UDI, we organize our staff in teams that focus on technology training, knowledge-sharing and expertise to offer our customers the best possible solution in the ever-changing world of IT.

As a result, we ensure smooth delivery of IT projects for your business with UDI’s mature and effective (PMO) capabilities. Throughout the lifecycle of your project, you’ll have a Project Manager and Project Coordinator who work collaboratively with your team to develop structured programs of work and schedules delivering greater benefits to your organization.

Louisiana STEM Magnet School
Advances To 1:1 Learning With A Unified Network

Company

Patrick Taylor Academy, Jefferson Parish Public School System

Industry

Education

Network Solutions
  • EX4200 and EX4550 Ethernet Switches
  • WLA532 Wireless LAN Access Point
  • WLC880 Wireless LAN Controller
  • SmartPass Connect
  • Ringmaster

Challenge

Wireless LAN Over 100,000 sq.ft
Louisiana’s Jefferson Parish Public School System opened the doors on its new 100,000-square foot building for the Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy in September 2013.

The brand-new, was designed to support Patrick Taylor Academy’s mission to engage students with research-based practices and collaborative learning.

Our Mission

Designing the wireless LAN access for the new facility – a highly challenging project keeping in view that Wi-Fi is a prerequisite for 21st-century learning.

Our Solution

Universal Data, Inc. deployed a Wi-Fi at Patrick Taylor Academy covering not only classrooms but also common areas and auditoriums.

We deployed a wired and wireless network with Juniper Networks EX Series Ethernet Switches, Juniper Network WLC880 Wireless LAN Controllers, and Juniper Networks WLA532 Wireless LAN Access Points at Patrick Taylor Academy.

Impressive Results

The network was deployed over the summer of 2013, so the students would be ready to learn from the first day of class.

To make it easy for IT administrators to operate the new system, we focused on ensuring simplified network operations, improved reliability and the ease of managing their new Wi-Fi network.

User Experience

When the opening day came, the IT service desk did not receive a single call about network access.

The IT administrators, who were new to using Juniper Networks Junos operating system, quickly learned the OS and appreciated the highly user-friendly system.

EMC Solutions Power New Hospital in
One of Hurricane Katrina’s Hardest-Hit Areas Company

Organization

St. Bernard Parish Hospital

Industry

Healthcare

Network Solutions
  • EMC VNX unified storage
  • EMC FAST Suite
  • EMC Avamar
  • VMware
  • VMware View
  • Healthland health information system

Challenge

Rebuilding and Transforming the Destroyed Hospital
When the St. Bernard Parish Hospital was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina, the community lost its principal healthcare resource. 2013.

Our Mission

Helping the hospital’s IT management team to fully utilize the rebuilding opportunity to transform its infrastructure to a private cloud.

Key Areas of Focus

  1. The storage system needed to support automated storage tiering in order to reduce costs and maximize storage utilization and performance.
  2. SBPH also wanted to provide their staff with anywhere, anytime access via a virtual end user computing environment.
  3. The hospital wanted a disk-to-disk backup and recovery solution.

Our Solution

Universal Data Incorporated and SBPH worked together to road-map a comprehensive solution that would meet the hospital’s needs.

We implemented EMC VNX Unified Storage, integrated with VMware, to fully support its journey to the Private Cloud.

Benefits of EMC VNX Unified Storage: The VNX implementation includes the EMC FAST Suite (which includes FAST VP and FAST Cache) and Flash drives.

This FLASH 1 strategy ensures that hot or active data is automatically stored on Flash for optimal performance, while less active data is tiered to high capacity drives for the lowest overall cost per gigabyte.

The hospital also chose VMware View for its virtual end user computing implementation. EMC Avamar de-duplication backup software and system provides backup and recovery.

Backup and Recovery

Working with UDI, St. Bernard Parish Hospital has also installed a dual-node Avamar system for backup and recovery, eliminating the need for tape backup and recovery systems.

Impressive Results

St. Bernard Parish Hospital (SBPH) is now fully-operational and serving St. Bernard Parish in its new state-of-the-art, 40-bed facility.

St. Bernard Parish Hospital has virtualized 98 percent of its mission-critical applications, including its:

  • Healthland health information system
  • Two PACS systems, which support radiology and cardiology
  • Another 20 support applications

User Experience

A visible and significant increase in productivity and excellence in delivery

  • By using the virtual end user computing system VMware View, SBPH staff now has anytime, anywhere access to critical applications, patient records, PACS data and other important information.
  • The EMC private cloud solution enables SBPH doctors and staff to deliver excellence in patient care through high-performance access to critical patient records and images.
  • SBPH now has the ability to meet increased data storage requirements that may result from healthcare legislation.
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