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New Quantum Release Eases Healthcare Cloud Integration

Quantum's latest StorNext release introduces a new cloud integration feature that allows organizations to move data into and out of the cloud.

By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Quantum announced an extension of its StorNext scale-out file system to benefit users with public cloud storage accounts and third-party object storage, which allows for the improved management of unstructured data.

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The company stated that they will begin to cover public cloud services including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud, which are the top three cloud infrastructure platforms for healthcare organizations.

StorNext’s latest cloud integration feature allows users to move data into and out of their public or private cloud deployments, effectively expanding their storage solution. The StorNext-managed tiered storage environment gives organizations a more compatible hybrid storage environment.

The company also added an embedded application deployment feature in the StorNext appliances to allow organizations to simplify data integration using virtualization technology.

The Dynamic Application Environment (DAE) is a virtual computing space on StorNext-powered Xcellis workflow storage appliances that enables applications to run within the high-performance, shared storage environment. By eliminating the need for dedicated servers and additional networking, the DAE reduces the time, cost and complexity of deploying and maintaining applications.

Quantum’s upgrade was driven by the massive growth of unstructured data across all major industries. IoT devices along with videos and images present organizations with unmanageable amounts of unstructured data. IT professionals are charged with managing and retaining this data and making it available when needed.

For healthcare organizations, unstructured data includes medical images and physician notes which hold valuable information, but may not be usable without proper storage or data management solutions.

StorNext was originally built for bandwidth-intensive video capture, production and distribution workflows, but it is increasingly deployed by data-intensive enterprises looking for a high performance archive, large-scale content repositories, and big data analytics in imaging environments such as research.

Vendors are working to provide better solutions for the influx in the volume of unstructured data as more devices are collecting data which is being stored digitally.

Recently, Dell EMC released their Clinical Archiving Solution for healthcare data management to achieve a similar goal to Quantum’s latest release.

Dell EMC’s Clinical Archiving solution is designed specifically to address the challenges healthcare organizations face when dealing with unstructured data. The solution provides organizations with an interface application so that healthcare professionals can view archived patient data and add new information within the archive. The “Release of Information” feature releases patient archive information so it can be exported in a single format, or printed

Hybrid storage solutions are becoming more popular among healthcare organizations that prefer their data to be stored on-premise, but need the advantages of cloud computing to keep up with more advanced technology initiatives.

“There's a comfort level for organizations knowing that their data is in their data center,”Jeff Thomas, CTO of Forward Health Group, told HITInfrastructure.com. “They can walk up and touch it, and sometimes it's that emotional comfort factor that has some healthcare organizations leaning toward keeping data in house.”  

Data management solutions such as Quantum StorNext allow organizations desiring to scale their clinical data storage up the option of smoothly transitioning data between on-premise and cloud storage as needed.

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