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Hurricane Ike Pushes Kelsey-Seybold Clinic to Seek a Safe and Reliable Colocation Data Center Solution

When Hurricane Ike made landfall in the wee hours of September 13, 2008, it left damage and deaths in over 34 Texas counties. Still today, it’s the third costliest hurricane in American history, only behind Katrina (#1) and Andrew (#2).

Long before Hurricane Ike’s landfall, the staff at Kelsey-Seybold dedicated itself to serving patients with a dose of old-fashioned personal attention. (The Kelsey-Seybold Clinic was founded in 1949.) But the staff didn’t stop there. The clinic invested heavily in information technology (IT) to improve the patient experience and to give physicians greater access to medical information.

With Hurricane Ike’s landfall, leaders of Kelsey-Seybold were prompted to find a safe and reliable colocation data center. Patients desperately need them during emergencies, and they always – no matter the weather and its destruction – need access to data to best care for their patients.

Challenges Facing Kelsey-Seybold

After investing significantly in IT in the early 2000s, Kelsey-Seybold experienced explosive data growth and the need for storage. Plus, the clinic had no long-term disaster recovery plan, which was amplified when it experienced several hours of downtime due to Ike’s destruction.

Clinic leaders considered building and managing a new data center. (Kelsey-Seybold already had three onsite data centers.) They soon realized the exorbitant cost of constructing and maintaining a structure equipped with security and backup capabilities, along with having room to grow. 

Why the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic Chose FIBERTOWN

After considering other options, Kelsey-Seybold chose FIBERTOWN for multiple reasons.

  1. 10-Year Growth Plan. FIBERTOWN delivered a plan for storing hardware securely as Kelsey-Seybold continues to grow and to collect more data.
  2. Accessible Business Continuity. With FIBERTOWN within driving distance of the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic in Houston, the clinic leased space in our Business Continuity Center for some of its full-time personnel to monitor and perform maintenance.
  3. Reliable Power, Cooling and Networks. Our Bryan-College Station data center has over a dozen Internet Service Providers connecting you to every major city in Texas. Plus, it’s a carrier-neutral, concurrently maintainable data center, offering high availability N+1 or greater power and cooling in a secure, hardened facility.
  4. Cost Efficiency. By contracting with FIBERTOWN, Kelsey-Seybold was able to consolidate three onsite data centers into one, plus have room to grow. They saved money and time.
  5. Knowledgeable, Round-the-Clock Service. FIBERTOWN’s data centers are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with knowledgeable IT professionals to answer your questions and to perform needed maintenance.
  6. Our facilities are built with redundancy for every component and can provide 100% uptime for our customers.

Contact FIBERTOWN to Learn More

Is your organization like the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic? You’re doing great work but know you need secure, reliable storage for your hardware to ensure business continuity. Even during a hurricane, ice storm, rolling blackouts and more.

We’d love to learn about your needs and determine if FIBERTOWN can help you too.

Use our contact form to start the conversation.



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As Pandemic Healthcare Needs Change, Data Centers Handle Demand

Harris Health System depends on FIBERTOWN data centers for expanding IT infrastructure requirements

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced closings around the country in the spring of 2020, it also forced businesses to pivot operations online.

Across business verticals, IT services were pushed to shift from what used to be centralized services in office buildings to 100% work-from-home environments.

The increased demand for data center space and services continues to impact all industries. Healthcare is a prime example.

Harris Health System utilizes FIBERTOWN data centers

Harris Health System is a fully integrated healthcare system that cares for residents of Harris County, Texas.

It includes 18 community health centers, five same-day clinics, five school-based clinics, three multi-specialty clinic locations, a dental center and dialysis center, mobile health units, and two full-service hospitals.

Harris Health System serves the nation’s third-most-populous county and it includes one of only two level 1 trauma centers serving Houston, Texas.

A 2014 partnership with FIBERTOWN allowed Harris Health System to utilize colocation to support the data and systems involved in caring for patients.

At the time, colocation made the most sense operationally and financially. It would soon prove to be an important relationship as the pandemic changed how healthcare systems around the world operated.

COVID-19 pandemic shifts healthcare needs online

Many healthcare patients struggled to maintain their continuum of care as the pandemic shut down doctor’s offices and clinics.

In December, the nonprofit Physicians Foundation reported that roughly 8% of physician practices were forced to close because of the pandemic. Another 4% of physician practices are expected to shut down their offices within the next year.

Meanwhile, online healthcare has skyrocketed, providing timely and necessary support to a medical system under fire.

Ruth Reader for Fast Company writes that “The massive adoption of telehealth by doctor’s offices will have profound repercussions for how doctors interact with patients of all income brackets.” Telehealth has become a new way of life.

Infrastructure changes with the pandemic

As healthcare systems have increased their technology needs with telehealth, COVID-19 testing, and vaccine distribution, the reliance on IT infrastructure has required them to expand.

With FIBERTOWN as a partner, it has been much easier for Harris Health System to expand colocation, increase power, and upgrade Internet bandwidth seamlessly.

The flexibility and cost-effectiveness of FIBERTOWN has been a reliable backup for a healthcare system serving millions of patients in unprecedented times. Its safe, storm-proof facility easily accessed from Houston provides peace of mind and security.

For more information about colocation for your business, contact a FIBERTOWN expert today.

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Maintaining an Efficient Healthcare Enterprise IT Infrastructure

Healthcare systems are often rapidly changing.

They might grow to accommodate expanded regional healthcare needs or due to mergers and acquisitions.

For IT, properly constructed enterprise infrastructure is essential to assure productivity and the much larger challenge of controlling costs. Continue Reading “Maintaining an Efficient Healthcare Enterprise IT Infrastructure”