SAS Global Communications ratifies network resilience and optimisation

Posted on Friday June 25, 2010

London - SAS Global Communications, an international provider of managed and professional network services, has announced the completion of a local area network audit for Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, verifying the resilience and optimisation of the foundation’s network.

Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services, including medical, surgical and outpatient services, to a large and diverse population of over 400,000 living in the Ascot, Bracknell, Maidenhead, Slough, South Buckinghamshire and Windsor areas.

Like all modern hospitals, Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is heavily dependent on technology for the day to day management of patient records, and as a public organisation is also obliged to obtain third party ratification of any significant changes carried out.

The hospital contacted SAS recently, following a major upgrade to its local area network.

“We had just upgraded all our network devices to Cisco and implemented resilient routing between key sites so we needed verification that the network was still fully resilient and fit for purpose,” said Mope Adekugbe, IT network manager for Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

In line with office of government commerce practices (OGC), several suppliers were invited to tender for the project however Mope was most keen to commission SAS , having worked successfully with the company in a former role.

“I had a good relationship with SAS and I knew they were professional,” said Mope. “It is difficult to get approval to use companies that are not OGC registered but I was able to get SAS on our financial system by justifying that their proposal was more cost effective than the other responses we received. It also helped that I had worked with them in the past and knew them to be a good, reliable company.”

After an initial consultation to define the requirements and scope of the project, a date was agreed to commence the analysis and a team of SAS engineers was assigned to the task.

“It wasn’t a difficult job but we did need to have someone onboard who knew what they were doing as any problems would impact the hospital,” said Mope. “We also needed flexibility, as the only available downtime window was 10pm – 1am.”

In the first stage of the project, SAS analysed and tested the configuration of all devices on the network to ensure that each was set up for optimum security and resilience.
Data collected during the audit was then analysed and a detailed report of the findings, including documentation for the entire network, was produced. Whilst some improvements were suggested to accelerate the failover of circuits, the overall findings of the audit showed that the network was indeed resilient.

“We’re always thrilled to receive recommendations from client contacts when they move to new jobs,” said Charles Davis, CEO of SAS Global Communications. “It’s probably the best endorsement a business could have for its services, and it really demonstrates the confidence that our customers have in SAS, so we hope we’ll have the opportunity to work with Mope and Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust again.”