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The Norwegian Medical Association

The Norwegian Medical Association used Azure stack HCI to revitalize its IT operations, ensuring first-class professional services for Norway’s medical community.


The situation

The Norwegian Medical Association (NMA) is a professional association and trade union for physicians in Norway. Employing approximately 180 people, NMA works to protect the professional, social, and financial interests of its 37,000 members.

The NMA strives for high professional, scientific, and academic standards in medical education, at university and beyond. The NMA also takes an active part in the development of the healthcare system in Norway and is a trusted advisor to the Ministry of Health and Care Services.


NMA Seeks Better Storage Solution for its Business Applications

The NMA serves members at every stage of their careers, from medical school to the workplace all the way through to retirement. It organizes professional and social events, helps members access legal assistance, offers training courses, supports applications for educational grants and scholarships, and more.

To deliver its services, the NMA relies on a wide variety of business applications, such as its mission-critical customer relationship management (CRM) system, running reliably. For this, the underlying infrastructure must be stable, deliver high performance, and simple to maintain.

In recent years, the NMA moved from a traditional storage area network (SAN) to a software-defined storage solution. However, the Dell hardware underpinning the Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) solution did not meet the team’s expectations in terms of performance or stability—a potential risk to overall service quality for members.

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Seamless deployment

The NMA deployed four Azure Stack HCI clusters at its primary data center, configured as a single hybrid cloud platform. The organization uses Veeam Backup & Replication to perform regular backups to an additional Azure Stack HCI cluster hosted at a secondary location. 

Based on twoday best practice, the NMA built a new fabric infrastructure using Azure Stack switches, isolating the core production Azure Stack HCI platform for higher security.

Management of Azure stack HCI is done via Azure cloud.

twoday, a Lenovo Gold Partner and ThinkAgile & Storage Expert partner, was chosen to identify the ideal solution.


As a Lenovo Gold Partner and ThinkAgile & Storage Expert Partner, twoday proposed the Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Series—a fully software-defined platform powered by Microsoft Azure Stack HCI that includes Hyper-V virtualization and S2D technology.

“twoday’s technical expertise and product knowledge were clear right from the beginning. twoday presented the Lenovo ThinkAgile MX Series as a robust, high-performance, all-in-one solution that would solve our challenges, which they backed up with customer testimonials. The twoday team’s proven experience in implementing and supporting ThinkAgile MX solutions helped to seal the deal.”

Odd-Magne Kristoffersen, Solution Architect at NMA

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