Regional Health Protects Storage Performance with IntelliMagic Vision

Regional Health, an integrated health care organization, provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. Regional Health comprises five hospitals, 24 clinic locations and employs nearly 5,000 physicians and caregivers.

While planning a migration to a new data center, Regional Health had to temporarily run the majority of their IT operations from a single existing data center - greatly increasing the load on systems and the risk of service disruptions. At the time, performance was monitored with multiple storage management tools. When problems arose, they had to manually extract detailed information from multiple sources in an attempt to diagnose the problem. Managing this process was difficult, disjointed, and time-consuming. 

Regional Health wanted to simplify the process and become proactive in their storage performance management, such that they could avoid service disruptions by seeing problems coming ahead of time. Clint Oyler, Senior Systems Engineer at Regional Health, says: “We chose IntelliMagic Vision because of its ease of use and its ability to tie all aspects of storage together to identify issues.”

IntelliMagic Vision enriches performance and workload metrics using built-in platform knowledge and analyzes how well the entire storage infrastructure is capable of handling the workloads. The automated daily dashboards provide early warning into components approaching saturation and reveal risks inside Regional Health’s storage and SAN Fabric infrastructure.

“The IntelliMagic Vision dashboards have been extremely valuable in seeing performance issues,” says Oyler. “We resolved SAN problems by using the drilldowns on charts for issues that IntelliMagic Vision has made us aware of. With IntelliMagic Vision, it is much easier to view the environment as a single entity rather than many disjointed parts. Having a single source to look at makes it easier to identify potential problems.” 

Recently, IntelliMagic Vision was instrumental in resolving an issue during the temporary migration to a single data center. Oyler explains: “With the increased workload, we noticed that our response times increased significantly at random intervals during the day. I originally thought the problem was isolated to a single storage system, but IntelliMagic Vision revealed that the spikes were occurring across the enterprise and that the majority of our VMWare stores were affected. IntelliMagic Vision proved that the issue was coming from the front end. The root cause was not a problem inside the storage infrastructure, but an anti-virus program that was scheduled to update all our servers at the same time. Once this was changed, we used IntelliMagic Vision to make sure performance had improved.”

Regional Health is very satisfied with the interaction with IntelliMagic. “The IntelliMagic support team has been very responsive and easy to work with. When we have an issue they address and resolve it in a timely manner,” says Oyler. “The implementation process was very straightforward. I had all the help I needed to have the product up and running in a very short time frame.” 

Oyler summarizes: “Time spent doing daily system checks for storage has decreased because we get all the information we need from the IntelliMagic Vision dashboards. They give a great view into the systems and a baseline to prevent issues. The ability to proactively identify potential issues and use that information to drill down and discover root causes is the greatest benefit of this product.” 

About Regional Health

Regional Health, an integrated health care organization, provides community-based health care in more than 20 communities in two states and 32 specialty areas of medicine. With headquarters in Rapid City, S.D. Regional Health is committed to the future of medicine, with medical training partnerships, a medical residency program, and more than 130 active research studies. www.regionalhealth.com

Download the Regional Health story as a PDF file