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NightHawk Flies High with Cisco UCS

Last week, NightHawk Radiology, one of the first ever Cisco Unified Computing System customers, paid a visit to Cisco and were guests on Cisco IPTV. On the show, NightHawk executives Ken Brande (VP of IT) and Chris Smith (Manager of Data Center Infrastructure) discussed why they chose Cisco UCS and how the platform has worked for them thus far. What they described can only be explained as a success story that’s…ahem… not for the birds.

The full IPTV show featuring NightHawk can be viewed here.

NightHawk, a company that provides radiology services to healthcare organizations, has grown rapidly. Founded less than ten years ago, NightHawk now provides healthcare services to 26 percent of all hospitals in the United States. NightHawk’s business grew so rapidly that they were forced to deploy technology wherever they had space in order to meet growing technology demands. Once stabilized, the company looked towards a more strategic data center approach. It was time to consolidate, virtualize and reduce operational complexity – enter Cisco UCS.

NightHawk, working with Cisco’s integration partner World Wide Technology, embarked on its UCS-based server room consolidation last year. The results were evident – NightHawk has cut its cabling and switch port requirements to a fraction of what they were and cut their installation requirements by 70 percent. In addition, server expansion cost is 25 to 33 percent that of alternates and server deployments have been reduced from hours to minutes. NightHawk expects payback from the investment in about three years, including a 12% annual reduction in operating expenses.

Check out my Flip interview with Ken and Chris here. You can also view our blog post and two minute interview with Cisco partner World Wide Technology here.

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