May 2011

Secondary Data Center Goes Live


CHI's new secondary data center, located in Richardson, TX, is now operational and running two applications for the OneCare initiative: the Ambulatory Electronic Health Record application and the Physician Practice Management System.

The state-of-the-art Richardson Data Center provides highly reliable business continuity and disaster recovery capabilities. It helps to ensure continuous information technology operations for CHI, even during outages such as power loss or data circuit cuts. The building's technology infrastructure was designed by CHI ITS employees according to leading practices.

A blessing ceremony for the data center was conducted May 4 by Tom Kopfensteiner, senior vice president of mission for CHI. City leaders attended the ceremony, along with Michael O'Rourke, chief information officer for CHI, members of CHI's Information Technology Services (ITS) leadership team, and partners in the data center's construction. O'Rourke thanked Martin Alvarez, director of infrastructure and architecture, and his team for bringing the new data center online on time and on budget.

The new data center is 20,000 square feet, with 10,000 square feet of raised floor data center space and 1,500 square feet of office space. It is built to withstand 125 mile-per-hour uplift winds and has secondary power sources and dual generators. The center is monitored seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and uses biometric scanners on data center entrances. The data center is also a "green" building, earning Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) status and complying with Energy Star guidelines.