Revera helps Waikato DHB take first steps to digital transformation

Revera is helping Waikato District Health
Board take its first steps to modernise core IT
infrastructure in the cloud.
The three-year project will retire the DHB’s
Hamilton-based outsourced data centre,
including aging enterprise servers and
storage systems supporting 700-plus
applications, ushering in on-demand
infrastructure services from Revera’s
Homeland Government IaaS Cloud.
Six months since the agreement was signed,
systems migration is underway, with project
teams completing detailed design and testing
of a new virtualised environment hosted in
Revera’s Takanini data centre, and high
capacity connections provided by Revera parent Spark.
The DHB’s switch to cloud-based
infrastructure follows a government directive
requiring state health providers to adopt
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) from
vendors vetted and approved by the
Department of Internal Affairs.
Geoff King, Waikato DHB’s Chief
Information Officer, says on-demand
infrastructure services enabled the DHB’s IT
team to switch from managing commodity
IT to higher-value services.
“Technology is a critical enabler of efficient
high-quality healthcare,” he says. “This
project is part of a much larger shift to cloudbased
technology that will transform
healthcare, paving the way for patient-centric
IT and healthcare services closer to patient homes.
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“It’s a big change for our IT team and also a
big change for how we think and provision
services. On-demand services change the
way we manage our environment. We’re in a
much stronger position to pinpoint the
financial implications of our usage and
capacity, and avoid under and over
investment in IT,” says Mr King.
Over the next 12 months Waikato DHB is
expected to complete migration testing of
non-production IT environments and low
category software applications, eventually
completing the switch to IaaS in 2019.
Mr King says migration was complex,
involving large terabyte-sized data sets,
applications containing millions of
documents, and special measures to maintain
24/7 operations.