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Pediatrics Computing Facility Server Environment

The Pediatrics Computing Facility (PCF) operates a large information technology environment on the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) campus and at a remote business continuity center. The PCF core infrastructure based upon our Private VMware Cloud Infrastructure. The cloud infrastructure is housed in two separate datacenters to provide High-Availability/Disaster Recovery (HA/DR) capabilities. The PCF cloud infrastructure is comprised of 344 processor cores, 904 Gigahertz in processing capacity, and 4 Terabyte of RAM. The PCF cloud infrastructure is based upon four separate Dell blade chassis holding either 16 half-height or 32 quarter-height blade servers. Each blade chassis provides redundant power, cooling, management, and I/O Fabrics. The blade chassis currently connect to the WUSM network using redundant 10Gbps network connections. The PCF cloud infrastructure data is stored on two different Compellent SC8000 Storage Area networks providing a total of over 400 Terabyte of disk storage capacity with room for growth to over 6 Petabyte. This storage is available on two fully-redundant 16GB Fiber-Channel networks. File level access to all end-user/client storage is made available by two fully redundant Dell FS-8600 FluidFS appliances.

PCF operates a Windows Active Directory 2012 R2 structure that supports over 250 servers of which 85% are fully virtualized. The infrastructures is configured in a full HA/DR configuration with a fully redundant Disaster Recovery facility that is geographically separated from the Medical School campus. Data is replicated either over the 16 Gigabyte FC network or WUSM 40Gbps network between the two data centers. The PCF virtualized environment is highly extensible to scale to the unique needs of the customer environment we support. The PCF infrastructure is comprised of Windows, RedHat, Linux, SQL, HL7, PACS, Citrix XenApp, and other clinical servers. PCF manages this environment through several monitoring applications which include Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager 2012 (SCOM), Dell OpenManage Essentials (DOME), and APC Environmental Monitoring via Netbotz. All of these systems provide PCF with insights to proactively manage our environment.

A short list of the clinical applications we support are:

  • Allscripts
  • BedMaster
  • ClinDesk
  • ClinDesk2
  • Cerner
  • Compass Access
  • DicomWorks
  • Digisonics
  • Down syndrome Center
  • ESA
  • FIS
  • Focus
  • HED
  • Hospitalist Scheduler
  • ImpactMD
  • KIDDos
  • Maxsys
  • Access 2010
  • InfoPath 2010
  • Excel 2010
  • OneNote 2010
  • Outlook 2010
  • Powerpoint 2010
  • Publisher 2010
  • Word 2010
  • Multicenter
  • MUSE
  • OTTR Transplant
  • PedCath
  • PedHeart
  • Pulmonary Database
  • SBCS1
  • SBCS3
  • Soarian
  • SSIMenu
  • Synapse
  • TEG Viewer A
  • TEG Viewer B
  • TouchChart
  • Wellsoft
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