Case Study

HealthCare Partners:
Colocations and Cloud Solutions

Business Challenge

With a large volume of remote users connecting to their platforms from all over the world, HCPIPA required a cost-effective and secure colocation solution that provided highly-connected space for their computing equipment as well as reliable infrastructure and ample bandwidth for phone switches, email servers and core transactional systems that were critical to the company’s daily communication with health plan members and physicians.

HCPIPA needed a data center and colocation provider that could support them in providing reliable, secure information to a growing network of healthcare members and physicians. Needing its infrastructure up and running as soon as possible, the company was also challenged with determining the most cost-effective way to grow its IT solutions while still maintaining the service quality its users were used to receiving as well as a reasonable Return On Investment (ROI).

By selecting Opti9, HCPIPA not only gained more value, security and functionality, but we also saw an ROI in as a little as nine months. Unlike ‘big box’ providers, Opti9 continues to work with us as a true business partner and guiding hand that has our best interests at heart.

Jim Bauer

IT Senior Director of HealthCare Partners

The Opti9 Solution

To fulfill its IT needs, HCPIPA was initially considering building its own data center, but soon realized the process was too costly and time-consuming for its immediate requirements. After careful consideration of several vendors, HCPIPA selected Opti9’s Colocation Services and NY1 facility on Long Island to accommodate its growing technical requirements.

As a Tier III-rated, HIPAA and SSAE 16-compliant facility with N+1 or better redundant cooling, power, and connectivity, NY1 met all of HCPIPA’s needs. HCPIPA also selected Opti9 for its technical expertise in a variety of systems and networks, including VMware® and Juniper. Leveraging Opti9’s Public and Private Cloud environments, HCPIPA was also able to complete a number of proofs of concept and stand up virtual machines and testing environments at a fraction of a cost of going it alone.

The Results

With Opti9, HCPIPA is able to provide uninterrupted service to its growing base of healthcare plan members and physicians. The company was also able to secure the data center space, Cloud solutions, wiring, equipment, connectivity services and attractive ROI it required without having to build its own data center.

With the cost and speed of migrating over to Opti9, HCPIPA reached its ROI in approximately nine months. By selecting Opti9’s NY1 facility over buildings its own, HCPIPA saved over a quarter of a million dollars. The company is also realizing a 30% cost savings by bundling its power, cooling and Internet services with a single provider.


Service Provided

Colocations and Cloud Solutions


Client HQ

Bloomington, Minnesota


About the Client

HealthCare Partners is the largest physician-owned and led IPA in the Northeast, serving the five boroughs and Long Island since 1996. Their network includes more than 8,000 primary care and specialist physicians delivering services to over 160,000 members enrolled in commercial, Medicare and Medicaid products.

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