WA aged care group gets rid of legacy IT in cloud move

Juniper Aged Care has been moving all its systems to the cloud in what has so far been a 12-month project that will help it dedicate more funds to support its 4,000 Western Australian residents.

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Juniper Aged Care has been moving all its systems to the cloud in what has so far been a 12-month project that will help it dedicate more funds to support its 4,000 Western Australian residents.

With 26 premises in Western Australia, Juniper Aged Care decided to start moving all its applications to the cloud as it moved away from a local data centre. The move of applications to the cloud is the first step of a complete IT refresh that is expected to see the organisation benefit from less IT costs in the long term.

The challenges Juniper Aged Care faced moving to the cloud

Juniper ICT manager Dan Beeston calls it a 12-month exercise for a reason. As the aged care organisation decided to move from its Dell server environment—of eight blades and a storage area netwoerk (SAN)—with Microsoft Hyper-V virtualisation and 175 Windows servers all networked with Cisco switching, it opted for Amazon Web Services as it found it offered “significant” opportunities in data and analytics through available microservices.

However, not everything was cloud-ready. Beeston explained to Computerworld Australia that Juniper had some legacy software running on operating systems that no longer had support, so it had to work with some of its vendors to find a solution as not all were able to connect to AWS.

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