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(EPI) ELECTRONIC PUBLIC-HEALTH INFORMATION
The EPI infrastructure consists of multiple environments - Development, Test/Train, Production, Availability (DR) and Data Migration. All hardware is located in the State's Data Centers. The Development environment is two (2) Linux physical servers located in the South Data Center (SDC). The Test/Train environment consists of seven (7) Virtual Machine (VM) servers - both Linux and Windows located at SDC. The databases and Storage Area Network (SAN) storage are encrypted. The Production environment consists of ten (10) VM servers - both Linux and Microsoft located at SDC. The databases and SAN storage are encrypted. The Availability (DR) environment includes two (2) hot Linux databases which are mirrored to the production databases and SAN replication for the remaining eight (8) VM servers. These are located at the North Data Center (NDC). The Data Migration environment, which is at the production level, consists of two (2) Linux VM servers located at SDC. The databases and SAN storage are encrypted. All of the environments are supported for user access using the State's Citrix XenApp solution which encrypts network traffic from the user to the Data Centers.
EPI is facilitated by the use of vxVistA. The vxVistA suite is a product of software components developed by DSSInc., and the VistA software developed the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) and released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). vxVistA is built in client-server architecture. It ties together workstations and personal computers with graphical user interfaces at health facilities, as well as software developed by local medical staff.
All EPI Production servers, Non-Production servers and storage are located at Data Center South (SDC). The Availability (DR) servers and SAN replication for DR is located at NDC. All stored data is in Encrypted SAN storage.
All EPI servers are backed up in EMC Avamar on Encrypted SAN storage with a backup policy that backs up all local drives. The backup includes all four (4) storage drives on the EPI databases. Avamar backups run daily for incremental file level back-up with the full server backup completed on the last Friday of each month. These are kept onsite at the Data Center for 30 days. The Encrypted back-up is also transferred to tape and stored at Iron Mountain with seven (7) year retention.
TDH is under agreement with STS via a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for disaster recovery services for the EPI Production solution hosted at the state data centers.
Data Migration Description
TDH has approved utilizing the Static Transfer Switches (STS) Tier 3 (formally Gold) Availability option. This option has servers recovered and available within eight (8) hours with a <30 minute lost from hot standby servers. The EPI vxVistA application is mirroring data from the two (2) Production database servers at SDC to the DR hot database servers located at NDC. This portion is not covered under STS Tier 3 Availability since it is application based. The remaining eight (8) VM servers are fully replicated from SDC to NDC Encrypted SAN storage. The design for the Production environment is stored in the STS Availability Ops Planner. If a disaster is declared by STS for the SDC, STS will be recovery at the NDC following their Business Continuity Procedures.
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