Scalable Performance for Siemens Soarian* Clinical Suite

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Scalable Performance for Siemens Soarian* Clinical Suite
Executive Summary
As large health care organizations strive to increase the quality and efficiency of patient care in today’s continually changing clinical and regulatory environments, the ability to quickly and cost-effectively deploy, scale, and adapt core clinical applications, such as Soarian* Clinicals, is a key advantage. In traditional deployments, server utilization is of-ten about 10 percent or even lower, resulting in complex and costly infrastructure that consumes substantial space, power, cooling, and administrative resources.
More dense, flexible, and cost-effective solutions are needed, but they must be powerful and resilient to address the stringent service level requirements of the health care industry and to enable cost-effective, non-disruptive growth. The latest generation of four-socket, eight-socket, and larger Intel®  Xeon® processor 7500 series-based servers running VMware vSphere* offers a solution—a virtualized computing platform designed specifically to handle heavy workloads in mission-critical environments.
To verify the performance and scalability of Soarian Clinicals on this powerful new platform, Siemens, Intel, and VMware are conducting a series of tests using automated test scripts that closely simulate the production workloads of a large health care facility. Results to date have shown that:
• Soarian Clinicals can be successfully virtualized on the latest generation of Intel® Xeon® processor-based servers and virtual machines configured with four virtual CPUs deliver the best processing efficiency
• Four-socket servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series support more than twice the total virtualized workload of two-socket servers based on the Intel® Xeon® processor 5500 series.
• The impact of virtualization is nonlinear, so the capacity planning algorithm under development by Siemens and Intel will provide valuable information for further optimizing utilization and total cost of ownership (TCO).
This paper provides an overview of the combined solution and the test results. It offers useful information for any health care IT organization looking to increase the value of a new deployment or virtualize and consolidate an existing landscape to support rapid growth with reduced space, power, cooling, and administrative costs.

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