Deliver greater automation, flexibility and scalability for data storage, backup and restore processes.
RBK is renowned in the Stuttgart region and beyond for the high quality of its services. Steady growth reflects the increasing popularity of this foundation-funded hospital, where medical staff devote their time to the patient. Double-digit growth in data volume is managed expertly by the IT department at RBK by means of advanced data storage and backup solutions. The light-filled buildings of the RBK generate a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The interior design of these spacious structures reflects an awareness: Recuperation can be facilitated through an ambience that includes natural light, wood, and carefully chosen works of art. Pleasant surroundings appeal to the senses, making patients as well as hospital staff feel welcome and comfortable.
Advances in healthcare support RBK in treating complex diseases with precise and effective therapies. RBK provides the very highest level of care – particularly to older patients who often suffer from multiple ailments. Currently, RBK is in the process of creating more space to improve the quality of patient accommodations. Within the scope of its ongoing STEP 2020 construction project, RBK intends to deliver on its vision of meeting patients’ growing expectations both in the near future and over the long term.
In RBK’s objectives, the concept of service plays a central role. The hospital’s extensive and diverse service offerings as well as its consistently high level of medical and follow-up care are appreciated by patients. “We are a soundly financed, foundation-run hospital with a mission to provide maximum care. People are at the center of our mandate to society,” says Walid Sbaih. “Everything we do is well thought out for the mid-term and the long term.”
The IT department at RBK employs 30 staff. The team, led by Walid Sbaih, provides a full range of IT services to RBK and its affiliated clinics, “Klinik Schillerhöhe” and “Klinik Charlottenhaus”. It also provides comprehensive hosting services to “Furtbachkrankenhaus.” The IT department is committed to consistently delivering quality services: The majority of its staff are certified in the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) set of practices.
The critical applications used at RBK include state-of-the-art picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), hospital information systems (HIS), and numerous subsystems tailored to the needs of individual hospital departments. In use as well are databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server as groupware and e-mail software, and VMware for virtualization.
The storage system in use for years at RBK had to be scheduled for regular maintenance work and updates to install the latest software versions. It was also necessary to migrate the stored data to the latest generation of linear tape-open (LTO) magnetic tape data storage. The growing requirements in the backup and restore arenas had to be incorporated into the overall IT strategy.