Storage & Archiving: Here Whenever You Need It

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New cost-effective, powerful devices and media are debuting for use in a variety of sizes of healthcare facilities. Storage and archiving are about more than providing safe-keeping for images these days - helping to boost productivity and ease workflow through efficient image delivery.

Network Appliance Inc. (Booth #2574) is showcasing at RSNA 2004 the NetApp NearStore R200, a disk-based nearline storage system that combines the Data ONTAP operating system with ATA disk drives. NetApp will demonstrate the ease of set up, disk expansion, and storage management that enables hospitals, radiology groups, and imaging centers to store and retrieve storage-intensive digital images while meeting HIPAA regulatory requirements.

EMC (Booth #4118) at RSNA is highlighting new offerings from its Healthcare-Life Sciences division, including EMC Email Archiving technology that unites email archiving functionality with tiered storage systems. The tool allows users to increase productivity and reduce time spent on managing email, as well as facilitate upgrades and migrations of Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes and comply with email retention requirements and regulations.

EMC is showing off its new Centera Universal Access version 2.1 that supports all four of the major industry-standard protocols: network File System (NFS), including IBM iSeries via Integrated File System (IFS) using NFS; Common Internet File System (CIFS); File Transfer Protocol (FTP); and Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). EMC is also featuring its Backup-to-Disk technology for healthcare that includes a comprehensive set of hardware, software, and services. The system addresses service-level limitations caused by traditional tape-based backup and recovery environments, and improves the overall protection of critical patient care data for clinical applications including EHR, PACS/RIS, and CIS.

IBM (Booth #3952) is introducing version 2 of its IBM Medical Archive Solution, which is now available with X-series servers on a Linux platform that also supports Windows 2000/NT. The Medical Archive Solution combines IBM's Tivoli soft-ware and TotalStorage technologies to securely manage and access medi-cal images based on specific storage policies. This system is designed for near- and long-term access and archival of PACS and other image related data. In addition, the system is designed to integrate with PACS behind the DICOM Archive components of PACS. The system is pre-built and configured to address medical imaging storage requirements.

Sony Electronics (Booth #4338) is featuring its new recording technology that uses blue lasers instead of red lasers to write more data onto a disc. Professional Disc for DATA provides 23.3GB storage capacity per single-sided disc, providing the storage capacity needed to fulfill the rigorous demands of medical imaging. The new format - available in both write-once and rewritable versions - also boasts fast 11MB/second read and 9MB/second write speeds for quick file storage and retrieval. Professional Disc for DATA media features a narrower track pitch than CD, DVD and MO technologies.
Addressing durability, Sony has designed a new anti-static polycarbonate resin cartridge that covers the disc, protecting it from damage and data loss or errors during the write/read process. Based on internal testing, Sony Professional Disc for DATA media has an estimated lifespan of over 50 years and can be rewritten (erase/write/read cycles) more than 10,000 times, the company said.

Plasmon (Booth #8964) is expanding high-capacity UDO (Ultra Density Optical) thoughout its product line. In addition to its already shipping G-Series UDO libraries, with capacities from 218GB to almost 20TBs, Plasmon recently introduced a line of IBM iSeries-compatible UDO libraries with the same product range. True WORM and Rewritable UDO technology also is available this month on a new stand-alone drive for smaller medical archiving applications. The new drives feature expanded operating system support and a newly designed chassis for external versions.

Hewlett-Packard (Booth #5548) is showcasing a highly scalable solution based on grid technology for imaging centers, small, medium and large hospitals as well as integrated delivery networks. The solution uses cost-effective industry standard servers and storage media to promote ease of storage and retrieval of patient records. Using rules-based management to define policies affecting image location, the solution