Consolidate & Optimize the Use of your Storage Environment

Allowing hospitals to maximize ROI by virtualizing their main data storage environments.

The healthcare industry is currently subject to a data tsunami as healthcare providers invest in new IT systems to increase efficiencies and effectiveness in the delivery of patient care. On average, hospitals spend in excess of 15% of their total IT budget on primary storage. With the ever expanding size and number of medical images, paperless and document management initiatives, and general adoption of new systems, storage requirements can only continue to rise. This is at odds with the constant pressure to keep costs under control. So, it’s vital that IT departments make the best use of their available storage assets and provide a realistic strategy for the management of this exponential data growth.

Challenge 1
“How can I pool my storage so that I can ensure optimum utilization of my assets?”

Often clinical applications ship with their own storage. As a result, it is commonplace in healthcare organizations to find silos of storage hardware spread across the facility. These storage devices are tethered to the application and often underutilized. Many are not centrally managed or inter-connected and, consequently, fall outside of the province of the IT department. If a healthcare provider were to review all of their storage devices, and analyze their capacity, the unused space would be significant. How can organizations make use of this free space without disrupting the clinical operation for which it was purchased?

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) offers advanced storage management functionality. By acting as a broker between applications and the storage they use, HealthStore allows you to pool heterogeneous storage devices and media, making them available across your healthcare facility. HealthStore’s intuitive and powerful policy engine enables you quickly set up rules governing the flow of data to and from your pooled storage transparently to the end-user. We call this ‘storage virtualization’. So, whether you are ‘sweating the assets’ of your existing storage estate, or adding new devices, you will be able to ensure optimum utilization across all your applications, as well as having flexibility and choice over the way your storage infrastructure is managed.

For information on how to optimize your storage estate and utilising space that you never knew you had, read more on BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

Challenge 2
“I want to be able to use the storage I choose, not be forced to use a particular vendor or device”

‘Vendor lock-in’ generally occurs when an application is procured that ships with specific storage infrastructure. In this situation, the storage hardware is tethered to the application and, as a result, the healthcare organization is forced to procure additional capacity of the same named storage at a premium price that does not take into account current market value. There has got to be a way to eliminate this unfair practice and give an organization the choice and flexibility over the hardware platforms it utilizes.

The Answer

There is. The answer is to remove the direct relationship between the application and underlying storage. BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) offers advanced storage management capabilities. It intercedes between the application and the storage device, thus removing the ‘lock-in’. Data can now be written to the storage platform and media chosen by the healthcare organization. One of HealthStore’s core strengths is that it is completely vendor neutral – it will work with any hardware vendor’s storage platform. Plus, it will write to any media, from storage area networks (SAN) to tape; optical to cloud. This gives you complete choice over your storage infrastructure. And, when the time comes to procure additional storage systems, you can purchase any hardware from the open market, at current prices.

Find out how to avoid application and storage ‘vendor lock-in’ using BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

Challenge 3
“How can I optimize the amount of space that my data uses?”

It is a fact that users, as part of their intercommunication across the healthcare facility, transfer data to each other – many decide to save what they receive locally. In addition, most non-image data takes more physical space than it should, simply because of the way files are written to disk. The result is thousands of inflated and replicated files consuming vast amounts of storage unnecessarily. Clearly, this is an inefficient use of a provider’s available storage. So, how can organizations reduce their data footprint without compromising their applications and, thereby, making savings on the storage space that their data consumes?

The Answer

BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ Independent Clinical Archive (ICA) provides powerful storage management features all tailored to the facilities needs by a flexible policy engine. HealthStore can profile your data to determine the most appropriate action to perform on that data thereby ensuring you are optimizing your IT resources. The policy can perform compression, de-duplication, retention management, encryption and multi-copy replication providing a powerful solution that maximizes efficiency.

Learn how to better manage data and optimize your overall storage footprint, with BridgeHead’s HealthStore™ →

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