PACS Storage: Addressing the Healthcare Industry File Growth Challenge
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PACS Storage and File Growth; Pains for Medical Facilities
Taking care of loads of populations, providers of medical services offer extensive medical services throughout the world. The services of these facilities are increasing by the second as more and more patients and practitioners join the mix every day.
The Cardiology programs at these facilities see more and more people every day which has resulted in greater images and data being generated. The old Local SAN environments, running a Microsoft 2012 Virtual SAN server for many of them have become obsolete. Though they support server storage and long-term storage hosted in the data center on SAN with a backup offsite 100 miles away, they do not provide the consistency required these days.
This has resulted in inconsistent backup for operational medical facilities as backups are not reaching the storage and even if they do, they are not reliable.
Apart from making the management of so much data too cumbersome and slow, it always puts the medical facilities at a risk of Ransomware; instilling fear of paying to get their data back and the horrors of increased publicity.
With ever increasing medical services, facilities have to add storage to cope up with the growth. This results in extra costs being borne by the medical facilities who take Cloud backup services as they have to set up new hardware all the time.
Natural Disasters and Lack of Control
One of the biggest risks for facilities is where they are located, which are prone to natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados, and typhoons and so forth. A poor disaster and business recovery plan of these medical facilities does not get rid of the terror which lurks in every corner.
With the inconsistent backup in place, medical facilities are always at a risk of losing their important information. Many tornados have hit big data centers around the globe and reported cases say their data centers have been missed by a margin of five minutes in places such as Nebraska.
These facilities have realized the importance of reliable Cloud backup. Knowing they cannot always rely on a margin of five minutes to save themselves from disaster.
One of the options which can be pursued is shifting the data centers minutes away from the facility, but this is not appropriate for many of the facilities as disasters do not have limitations as to where they strike.
So, some requirements of Cloud backup have come into place by many facilities which need to be fulfilled for them to set up a certain system.
Azure and StoneFly Solving Customers Storage Issues
StoneFly offers Cloud backup solutions needed by customers. Not only does StoneFly rectify these problems related to Cloud disaster recovery, but also offers extra features which prove to be the icing on the cake!
- HIPAA Compliance: StoneFly upholds highest integrity in maintaining robust data protection, strong security and disaster recovery features.
- Durable Storage with Ease of Management: The partnership makes sure that data retention is high and any data can be brought back up in a matter of minutes.
- Reliable Data Backup: Decreased file recovery time and complexity.
- Readiness in Access: Fast, available access to critical images for doctors and patients.
- Secure: End-to-end encryption ensuring data is only accessible to authorized personnel.
- Reduction in Costs: Up to 41% savings in comparison to the traditional storage solutions.
StoneFly’s partnership with Azure also amasses other benefits to medical facilities. Increased Geo-redundancy makes sure that even if disaster strikes, disaster recovery in the cloud will be easy and spontaneous.
The partnership allows for file-versioning with constant snapshots of the work being done. Not only does it help in fast recovery, but it is also cost effective and efficient. In case of disaster, it gives the medical facilities surety of Cloud disaster recovery in just a matter of minutes.
File-versioning also takes care of the fear of Ransomware as data can be easily retrieved from any of the previous snapshots.
StoneFly makes sure that the performance in retrieval is increased and there is instantaneous business continuity. Managing huge medical facilities, there is a need for centralized management.
StoneFly provides centralized management which results in easy provisioning from one central source. The encryption keys are in the hands of the customers ensuring that the data remains solely in the hands of the customers.