Storage needs abound as images grow, grow, grow

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The storage arena is growing by leaps and bounds as more and more healthcare facilities face the reality of thorough disaster recovery preparation and federal mandates for data retention, storage vendors are serving up a variety of solutions. Vendors cited the desire of small- and medium-sized healthcare organizations to have effective storage solutions that don't require substantial IT expertise in-house. Those needs are being met by offering remote administration that can maintain the system through e-mail alerts and other internet-based communications.

7 Medical Systems/Evolving Solutions have worked together to provide 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.

Acuo Technologies made its RSNA debut, showcasing Acuo DICOM Assisted Migration (A.D.A.M.) software - a DICOM tool used to migrate 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.

Acuo also introduced several new next-generation products that utilize Acuo's Intelligent Data Infrastructure that virtualize and extend storage, network and applications resources.

Bycast has developed storage management software now available through partners such as Hewlett Packard and IBM.

Candelis introduced the ImageGrid 1000, a DICOM storage/router that includes redundant components at all levels.

CoActiv Medical Business Solutions announced that its EXAM-Vault Archive Service has been validated by Hologic Inc. as an approved archiving solution for the Hologic Selenia full-field digital mammography system. EXAM-Vault is a cost-effective and efficient archive solution that is particularly suited to handle large data sets.

Data Distributing highlighted its "D-Essentials" solutions line that imports, digitizes, archives, and distributes DICOM images, films, documents and data.

DatCard showcased its PacsCube Express 100X and Express 200X. The Express 100X provides digital images in CD-R, supports DICOM Send, DICOM Query/Retrieve (Q/R), remote DICOM Q/R and DICOM Print, and includes support of OEM DICOM viewers, auto-spanning of images across multiple CD-R/DVD-R, and more. The PacsCube Express 200X is geared for larger facilities as it supports both local and remote DICOM Query/Retrieve from PACS, Mitra Brokers, and DICOM send from imaging modality.

EMC Corp. announced its new reseller agreement with Siemens Medical Solutions enabling Siemens to offer EMC information lifecycle management (ILM) products and solutions. EMC also highlighted the Centera Four-Node Configuration for Healthcare Providers, which provides a lower-cost, lower-capacity enterprise archiving solution. EMC further highlighted new versions of its EMC CLARiiON networked storage systems with native iSCSI (Internet small computer system interface) support, including the new CLARiiON AX100i, CLARiiON CX300i and CLARiiON CX500i models.

Fujitsu Computer Products of America showcased its ultraportable removable storage drives, including the DynaMO 1300 pocket with DICOM viewer which allows clinicians to transport DICOM images and data on 3.5-inch magneto-optical disks.

Hewlett-Packard featured its Medical Archiving Solution which enables management of fixed content through grid storage architecture. It is also media aware and moves information from old to new media to avoid conversion needs and offer anti-obsolescence protection.

Hitachi Data Systems highlighted the TagmaStore Adaptable Modular Storage systems models AMS200 and AMS500, and Workgroup Modular Storage model WMS100 that offer scalability, high-performance and high-availability. The AMS200 and AMS500 leverage many high-end features, such as logical cache partitioning and RAID-6. Hitachi's TagmaStore Universal Storage Platform, TagmaStore Network Storage Controller, and HiCommand Tiered Storage Manager provide advanced, large-scale virtualization capabilities which enable intelligent tiered storage with software that can centrally manage the tiers and migrate data without disruption.

IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences is focusing on information-based medicine and considers imaging a critical data set, particularly when integrated with genetic and clinical information. To address the archiving needs, IBM introduced the new Grid Medical Archive Solution Entry Edition,