Healthcare company chooses NetApp SolidFire scale-out all-flash storage for Microsoft SQL workloads

“We had three major issues to solve: backup and recovery, latency, and reporting,” said Premier Eye Care Database Administrator Rob Connock. “With a growth rate of 50 gigabytes a month, we were running out of space. After implementing the NetApp SolidFire storage system, we can completely change the way we work. Now, when I hit the button to refresh development environments, our users get data that is live to that second-not from the night before.”


Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Premier Eye Care manages routine vision, medical-surgical eye care services, and administrative services for its partner health plans. The company provides eye care to more than four million insured members nationwide. It has operations centers in Boca Raton, Florida, and Honolulu, Hawaii, and a network of contracted optometrists, ophthalmologists, subspecialists, and surgical facilities.


Premier Eye Care turned to NetApp (NASDAQ: NTAP) and implemented a NetApp® SolidFire® all-flash storage system for its Microsoft SQL database workloads to solve major challenges with backup and recovery, latency, and reporting. In doing so, Premier Eye Care reduced its backup-and-recovery time from up to nine hours to seven minutes. Latency fell from 150 to 200 milliseconds to 1 to 2 milliseconds per transaction. Reports that took hours now take minutes, and database maintenance cycles accelerated from 22 hours to approximately 4 hours.


NetApp SolidFire all-flash storage systems reduce cost and complexity by safely consolidating mission-critical applications onto a single storage platform. The systems provide deep block storage integration with all of the industry’s leading cloud, orchestration, and virtualization software. The systems dynamically scale storage resources to meet business demands-all with guaranteed performance. With NetApp SolidFire’s scale-out architecture in place, Premier Eye Care can increase storage use incrementally, as needed and nondisruptively.


With its new solution, Premier Eye Care has:

  • Reduced its backup-and-recovery time from up to nine hours to seven minutes
  • Decreased latency from 150 to 200 milliseconds to 1 to 2 milliseconds per transaction
  • Reduced database maintenance cycles from 22 hours to approximately 4 hours


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