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  • Flash appears as a viable hospital data storage option

    Healthcare facilities looking to boost their storage performance should be looking into flash, if they haven't invested in it already. Nicole Lewis, a contributor to SearchHealthIT, begins this handbook by describing how one hospital system converted to flash technology and subsequently experienced a noticeable improvement in clinical data processing. That increase in computing speed also helped the hospital system greatly shrink its physical storage setup and reduce the amount of time its employees take to complete financial reports.

    Next, contributor Brien Posey explains how facilities that practice telehealth should use flash for their hospital data storage needs. Telehealth is performed through videoconferencing, something that requires plenty of available network bandwidth. Poor storage performance can interfere with telehealth. That issue can be prevented with flash, Posey reasons.

    Lastly, Posey breaks down the deciding factors for organizations that are considering going entirely with flash or using a tiered approach for their hospital data storage.

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  • Questions to answer before hybrid cloud adoption

    Hybrid cloud adoption is growing, as is the understanding of what a hybrid cloud truly is. It is more common now for people to agree on what constitutes a hybrid cloud -- with shared ideas on the essential ingredients: self-provisioning, pooled resources, measuring and elasticity. Hybrid cloud advantages include moving workloads between private and public clouds as needed to allow a business to meet demand while controlling costs. Achieving these efficiencies, however, requires a strategy. Otherwise, the opportunity for an effective hybrid cloud initiative will be lost.

    This three-part guide examines the questions admins should ask before hybrid cloud adoption. Some apps are not suitable for a public cloud, and a company with sensitive data may be wary about removing that information from an in-house server. Also it's important is understand that your network needs to be prepared for hybrid cloud integration, as failing to check that can create problems, including latency issues.

    Once a business has decided to proceed with hybrid cloud adoption, having a plan for acquiring, using and managing cloud services will go a long way. Many businesses are using more cloud vendors than they realize, creating confusion and unnecessary expenses. It's also worth considering tiered-storage architecture, including placing the primary storage system on the private cloud and the secondary storage on the public cloud.

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  • Implementing a tiered storage architecture with hybrid cloud

    By offering lower costs, higher performance and reduced data loss, hybrid cloud helps some organizations optimize their tiered storage systems. Continue Reading

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  • Tape archive remains the recording medium of choice

    Tape archiving offers low-cost, long-term data protection in a variety of industries, keeping it atop the list of data center backup technologies. Continue Reading

  • Healthcare data storage options multiply along with data

    Contributor Nicole Lewis opens up this handbook by speaking to a health IT adviser who shares his insight into why federal regulations and a mix of customers make it so that there isn't a one-size-fits-all healthcare data storage procedure for hospitals. Lewis also relays the experience one health IT professional had in moving some of a health system's storage into the cloud.

    Next, contributor Brien Posey breaks down why virtual applications are sometimes separated from virtual desktops and the effect this has on storage. A tiered storage approach will prevent healthcare organizations from hosting all of their virtual applications on a single device and can help them save money and improve healthcare data storage performance.

    Lastly, Posey looks at how storage and security now have a close association because of the number of mobile devices in healthcare facilities. He specifies how hospitals and other healthcare organizations can secure the data they keep and protect it from leaking, so as to avoid violating regulations such as HIPAA.

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  • Hybrid cloud benefits driving future of cloud storage

    It's tough to see the future of cloud storage services without acknowledging hybrid cloud benefits. Continue Reading

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