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The storage arena is growing by leaps and bounds, according to exhibitors at this year's RSNA, thanks in great part to all those 64-slice scanner/image volume behemoths being sited. And as more and more healthcare facilities face the reality of thorough disaster recovery preparation and federal mandates for data retention, storage vendors served up a variety of solutions. They also cited the desire of small- and medium-sized organizations to have effective storage solutions that don't require substantial IT expertise in-house. They are meeting those needs by offering remote administration that can maintain the system through e-mail alerts and other internet-based communications. 

Several vendors said they recognize the increasing need for interoperability and compatability between different systems as well as access and interoperability among and between healthcare organizations.
Vendors also showcased their scalable storage solutions, allowing organizations of all sizes and financial flexibility to meet their short- and long-term storage needs, such as access to prior exams and storage of large studies and varying quantities. Although many larger facilities may have years of experience with PACS, vendors realize that smaller organizations are just beginning to plan their strategy to migrate to digital image archives.

7 Medical Systems/Evolving Solutions have worked together to meet the increasing need of healthcare organizations to achieve more storage both onsite and offsite. 7 Medical provides off-site storage in a managed hosted model, and Evolving Solutions is an IT storage architect providing data on demand and storage virtualization. Evolving Solutions is helping 7 Medical Systems to cost effectively host and manage offsite storage for healthcare providers, by architecting and implementing an IBM blade technology storage solution that includes fiber disk and tape.

This solution has enabled 7 Medical Systems to maintain system uptime 24/7 for mission-critical applications, lower cost of ownership due to virtualization and centralized computing operations, and lower up-front and ongoing costs for the care provider because of platform utilization & provisioning.

Acuo Technologies made its RSNA debut this year, showcasing its Acuo DICOM Assisted Migration (A.D.A.M.) software - a DICOM tool used in conjunction with AcuoMed Image Manager to migrate DICOM image data from one DICOM archive to another. A.D.A.M. provides for accurate rapid transfer of data from one archival storage system to another and from legacy PACS to new systems. It is one of the new Next Generation Archive products Acuo debuted this year.

A.D.A.M., Acuo's DICOM Assisted Migration software, automates the process of data migration from aging DICOM archives to more efficient and cost-effective storage devices. It provides a variety of options for data migration that makes the process invisible while efficiently cleaning patient records with "dirty data" requiring reconciliation. The storage virtualization software can work with any storage system, any PACS, and any hardware. Through its OEM and reseller agreements, Acuo distributes a full package to the end-user that's very scalable.

Acuo also introduced several new next-generation products that utilize Acuo's Intelligent Data Infrastructure that virtualize and extend storage, network and applications resources. These include a highly scalable and configurable DICOM Router, a Reconciliation Gateway for enterprise worklist synchronization, and an Archive/Image Manager that is highly scalable and efficient. 

Bycast said at RSNA it's found that radiology customers want PACS and storage to be fast and will not accept failure. Traditional systems have trouble delivering those requirements cost-effectively so Bycast has been developing storage management software. Through its partner-centric strategy, the company has made its software available to the market through partners such as Hewlett Packard and IBM.

Candelis introduced the ImageGrid 1000, a DICOM storage/router designed for imaging centers where IT expertise is scarce. It takes less than 15 minutes to install and provides remote maintenance through email alerts and proactive monitoring. Modifications can be made remotely. The system includes redundant components at all levels and it takes three hard drive failures for the system to go down. It can manage six terabytes in a single system and is expandable to 38 terabytes. The company