Be The Match, a leader in bonemarrow transplants, is transforming IT in order to decrease transplant time. The ultimate goal is to cut transplant time in half while doubling the numberof annual transplants facilitated. NetAppstorage has allowed Be The Match to grow total deployed storage without adding admin headcount and to reduce its total storagerequirement by about 35% through thin provisioning and deduplication forsignificant capital and operational savings.
Josh Thorstad from Be The Match describes the work that they have done to date including implementing a shared ITinfrastructure with streamlined backup/recovery and disaster recovery processesand simplified management. You can see his article here http://communities.netapp.com/docs/DOC-12885.
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