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  • Medical image storage sharpens focus on precise patient care

    Personal photos in an album can conjure up all sorts of memories and emotions. Then there are personal photos of another kind that can mean the difference between life and death. In healthcare, clinical images of patients are critical to proper diagnosis and treatment. Once placed in envelopes and stored on metal shelves, those images -- be they X-rays, CT scans or MRIs -- now come in digital formats and have proliferated to the point where on-premises storage is cumbersome and inefficient. Hospital CIOs see the cloud as the answer to medical image storage and improved patient care by providing doctors with quick and ready access to medical images.

    In the January issue of Pulse, our editor's letter takes that capability one step further, allowing IT pros to perform medical image analytics that can add a whole new dimension to population health management and precision medicine. Along those lines, our cover story examines the growing healthcare trend of vacating the premises … but not entirely. Security, privacy and control issues have prevented CIOs from going fully to the cloud. Instead, they're opting for hybrid cloud architectures. In another feature, we stress the importance of readily accessible and well-organized medical image storage in the cloud to make analytics performance more efficient and better at determining patient outcomes for individuals and large populations.

    Also in this issue, we highlight the benefits of using a hybrid cloud storage approach to mine and analyze vast amounts of critical data from those images. Beneficial features include security, file activity monitoring, data loss prevention, data mining, disaster recovery, storage bursting, tiering, testing and cost controls.

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  • Store medical images using hybrid cloud data storage

    Hospitals that face an influx of medical imaging data can benefit from a hybrid cloud model to store data and enable disaster recovery services. Continue Reading

  • Devise a hybrid cloud implementation plan

    Most experts and vendors agree a hybrid cloud bridging on-premises clouds with public clouds is the most popular way to go for cloud storage. This handbook examines the tools and technologies required to make hybrid cloud implementation work.

    Hybrid cloud implementation requires a sound management strategy that starts with determining which applications and data will reside on premises and those that will live in the cloud. IT administrators also need to carefully select the right public cloud service and determine how it matches with the private, on-premises cloud.

    A hybrid cloud can consist of multiple private and public clouds. Key tools for the cloud are virtual or physical appliances, virtual switches and hybrid cloud management products. There are numerous appliance choices in the market, but hybrid cloud management tools are still evolving. Managing a hybrid cloud implementation has become the trickiest part of the model.

    IT administrators need to determine if they want a "single pane of glass" approach to cloud management tools or to use a collection of specialized tools that are designed for a specific operation in the cloud. A consolidated management tool is best when you need to manage budgets across multiple providers or identities of users who access images running in multiple clouds. Specialized tools are good when specific weak spots need to be addressed. Often, a combination of specialized programs and custom coding is key; while, in other cases, a cloud software platform is a better option.

    In general, a hybrid cloud is a more complex model to manage. IT administrators need to find a public cloud provider that supports the on-premises cloud API so that migrating virtual images between the private and public cloud is easier. They also need to find a cloud vendor that has the same cloud stack and cloud API for both clouds or find a third party that has software that can be tailored to migrate virtual images between the two types of cloud.

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  • Storage startup trends: Vendors to watch in 2018

    Another year is behind us, and 2017 wasn't kind to enterprise-storage startups, as a bunch went belly up or sold off their assets. Not deterred by this recent history and startup trends, a new group of companies has emerged to try and make an impact in 2018. These include Aparavi, Attala Systems, Elastifile, Minio, Morro Data, Vexata, Wasabi Technologies and WekaIO. They have products focused on hot storage sectors, such as flash, hybrid cloud, scale-out file systems and object storage. Who's behind these startups? What do they offer that the market doesn't already provide? And, given recent startup trends, what are their chances for success? Find out with an early look at these upstarts.

    A server still looks like a server, and network cables and racks haven't changed much over the last couple of decades, but storage has fundamentally transformed. Disk has lost its crown as the king of primary storage and is becoming relegated to the secondary -- and even cold -- storage world. More significantly, the data center is becoming more software-defined. That means storage functions that once demanded specialized hardware now reside in adaptable, pliable, reprogrammable and easily updateable software constructs. Explore the state of the software-defined storage market.

    The advent of virtualization and its need to share all resources threatened the relevance of direct-attached storage (DAS) -- storage within the server. Only the emergence of flash storage, most specifically PCIe SSDs, staved off DAS' extinction, with the likes of Fusion-io demonstrating what you could do with high-speed flash integrated in the server. Today, storage is about to move even further into the server thanks to advancements in storage-class memory -- also known as persistent memory -- technologies. Here's how, why and what this development could mean to you.

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  • Eight data storage startup vendors to watch in 2018

    Even as other storage startup companies fail, newcomers have appeared to take on established enterprise vendors. Can they ride the momentum for flash, hybrid cloud and SDS? Continue Reading

  • Hybrid cloud technology gets the most out of primary storage workloads

    Learn what to look for in a hybrid cloud platform so you can take advantage of the scalability, agility and cost benefits it has to offer primary storage. Continue Reading

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