(c) Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Ziekenhuis

Project at Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Hospital

Starting in June 2018 and lasting at least until the end of the year, 3DN assists the Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Hospital (AVL). The AVL is a Dutch hospital focussing exclusively on cancer care and research. The AVL uses Linux servers in their server park for various tasks. These tasks range from utility value to the programmers at the hospital to clinical systems that run exclusively on Linux. Some researchers also use Linux on their workstation.

The system administration of these servers and workstations, with exception of the clinical systems, is a challenging task. Researchers are frequently very intelligent people and know exactly what they want from computing resources. They also tend to be extremely good at getting what they want out of a server/workstation. While this is of course perfect, it also means that these researchers are often very focussed on their own tasks at hand and not always aware of all sorts of other aspects of maintaining an infrastructure.

This is where 3DN comes to the rescue. My task in this project is to help AVL professionalize their service. This is not to say that they are not professional, as I have already ‘found’ some rather elegant solutions. It means to make sure things like the CMDB are up to date, make sure that there’s some form of change management, make sure that things like backups, security, vendor support etc. are all taken care off and documented.