COVID-19: how Vodafone UK is helping the NHS stay connected
With many organisations across the UK...
In just five days, Vodafone connected Glasgow’s NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital, boosting the capacity of its network.
With many organisations across the UK providing support to help in the efforts to combat the outbreak of COVID-19, we take a look at how Vodafone is helping the NHS stay connected.
NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital - Glasgow
In just five days, Vodafone has enhanced the network capabilities of the NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital in Glasgow. The increased connectivity will give patients and NHS workers the capability to video and voice call their families and friends, as well as the capability for doctors and nurses to access the central NHS system, like they would in a permanent hospital.
“We know that it is not only essential that people are able to stay in contact with their loved ones but that we are able to offer the same safe, effective and high quality care you would receive at any other hospital,” commented Jilly Young, NHS Louisa Jordan hospital’s Chief Executive.
“On behalf of the entire NHS team, I would like to say a sincere and heartfelt thank you to Vodafone for their involvement and remarkable contribution to the delivery of our hospital,” added Young.
“Keeping the UK connected during this health crisis has never been more important. Our engineers are doing a fantastic job, often in the face of adversity, to bring temporary hospitals online in just a few days when it would normally take a number of weeks,” commented Scott Petty, Vodafone UK’s Chief Technology Officer.
“We also are adapting our network constantly and have more than doubled 4G capacity to ensure both health workers and patients are able to keep in touch with loved ones during the lockdown,” concluded Petty.
NHS Nightingale hospital - London
The temporary Nightingale Hospital, set up inside London’s Excel convention centre to treat patients with COVID-19, has received free network support and technical assistance from Vodafone UK. In addition, the company has increased its 4G network’s capacity in the area, to ensure that staff and patients can stay in touch with their families and loved ones, in time for when the hospital first opened on 3 April.
The George Eliot Hospital - Warwickshire
In Warwickshire the George Eliot Hospital has set up specialist ‘pods’ to quarantine patients with the virus, in response to this Vodafone UK’s Rapid Response team has equipped the pods with the necessary connections and communications services it requires.
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GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud
GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.
In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade.
“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.
Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.
By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.
One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.
“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.
Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs.
“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.
The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment.
The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.
One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.
“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.
“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client.
“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”