Waitemata Health expects Windows 2K savings

Waitemata District Health Board is expecting a 2.5% reduction in total cost of ownership from the adoption of Windows 2000 on its desktops and servers.

Waitemata District Health Board is expecting a 2.5% reduction in total cost of ownership from the adoption of Windows 2000 on its desktops and servers.

This means the installation will have paid for itself within the year, says IT infrastructure manager Alistair Neave.

Waitemata Health says it has been driving down the cost of its IT systems since 1998 when it moved from a Novell NetWare environment with a range of Microsoft applications to a Windows NT 4.0 environment. In November it started piloting Windows 2000. The trial finished in January and the final rollout will completed in May or June. As well as installing Windows 2000 Server on 45 machines, including two Advanced Server clusters, Windows 2000 Professional was installed on the organisation’s 1300 desktops.

Neave says all applications are tested in the Windows 2000 environment. “We installed Windows 2000 for our notebook users, who came back to us saying that it is really user-friendly. It has also made a significant different as the platform for Windows Terminal Server. We initially trialled it over a low speed connection with one user. The difference in the performance was so significant that he insisted everyone in his group having it. It is now much easier for them to manipulate large documents like spreadsheets, which used to be slow to manage.”

The organisation still uses two Unix servers, which run its Oracle ERP and patient management systems. Over the medium term Neave would like to see these moved to Windows as well. The board is considering a patient management system that will run on MS SQL Server 7.0. Should it decide to change it will also move its ERP system to Windows 2000.

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