Storage spins images into control

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Rapid and digital are the buzzwords in the storage arena this year. As the migration to electronic health records speeds up, vendors are working to help facilities of all sizes gain easy access to their digital images. Look for storage virtualization opportunities as well, with vendors recognizing the increasing need for interoperability and access among and between healthcare organizations. Vendors also are offering storage systems with smoother IT administration and maintenance capabilities.

Acuo Technologies (Booth #5422) is making its RSNA debut this year. As an established medical IT vendor specializing in the design of DICOM image management, archiving and data migration solutions, Acuo is offering its scalable AcuoMed/AcuoStore systems as an OEM supplier to PACS vendors as well as continuing to sell directly to healthcare facilities. The AcuoMed/AcuoStore architecture scales up and out to create centralized repositories designed specifically for small imaging centers to enterprise-size, multi-PACS facility healthcare organizations, or fully distributed DICOM storage grids.

Data Distributing (Booth #7111) is showcasing its "D-Essentials" line of digital solutions and services, which it offers in simple modules or in phased, end-to-end deployment. D-Essentials Solutions import, digitize, archive and distribute DICOM images, films, documents and data, with a rapid return on investment. Data Distributing's offerings are designed to make digital productivity accessible and tailored to even the smallest facilities, and solutions include all the application software, hardware, integration, training and installation.

EMC Corp. (Booth #5134) is showcasing the Centera Four-Node Configuration for healthcare providers, which provides small to mid-size hospitals with a lower-cost, lower-capacity enterprise archiving solution. EMC Centera content address storage (CAS) has been a popular choice among larger healthcare organizations for integrating with PACS applications and for email archiving. Now EMC's new Centera Four-Node Configuration is a viable alternative for imaging centers and radiology clinics with tighter budgets and smaller capacity needs.

The Documentum Enterprise Content Management (ECM) is the next-generation ECM platform that allows healthcare providers to create a robust infrastructure foundation that manages the collaboration, creation, review, approval, archiving and ultimate disposal of information. This scalable ECM platform is an effective knowledge management solution that enables healthcare providers to meet R &D objectives and stay in compliance with current regulations.

EMC is highlighting new versions of its industry-leading 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. These new low- cost storage area network (SAN) systems help healthcare provider reduce storage costs, consolidate IT infrastructures and deploy an information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy regardless of the size or type of environment. With the iSCSI systems, EMC is delivering the broadest set of fibre channel and native iSCSI storage networking solutions in the industry.

In addition, EMC is showcasing the next-generation EMC CLARiiON Disk Library (CDL), a disk-based backup and recovery solution which allows healthcare providers to outline a sound path for disaster recovery and business continuity planning.

Hewlett-Packard (Booth #5158) is showcasing the HP Medical Archiving Solution, launched earlier this year during HIMSS. Designed for radiology practices within diagnostic imaging centers, clinics and hospitals, the HP Medical Archiving Solution provides affordable long-term storage of patient studies regardless of size. Physicians can then securely and simultaneously access vital information for better patient care. The HP Medical Archiving Solution can be built to align with the physical facilities within a healthcare organization, available in three starter sizes: 5TB protected and compressed; 10TB; and 20TB. The solution comes with a rack 42u high, with multiple HP ProLiant servers and MSA20 storage shelves in the rack. Available in North America and Europe, the solution is a bundle of hardware, software and services, and is sold for 2 to 4 cents per megabyte.

IBM Healthcare & Life Sciences (Booth #4165) is highlighting its Express Storage Platform for Medical Imaging