Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Selects Iron Mountain to Host its Data Center
Oct. 22—BOSTON— Driven by the expansion of electronic records and regulatory pressures including Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and Accountable Care, the volume of data produced by the healthcare industry continues to grow, and healthcare organizations need cost-effective ways to manage that data. Iron Mountain® Incorporated (NYSE: IRM), the storage and information management company, announced it has signed a multi-year data center colocation agreement with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, an acute care teaching hospital affiliated with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in Englewood, New Jersey. Englewood Hospital will lease data center space within Iron Mountain’s underground data center located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
With the addition of Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology, a new picture archiving and communication system (PACS), and a Vendor Neutral Archive, Englewood Hospital’s IT leadership recognized that the exploding data growth and resulting power density requirements created capacity challenges in the hospital’s existing internal data center. Furthermore, the hospital wanted to ensure that they were prepared and could recover quickly if struck by a disaster. In order to address capacity constraints and faster Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs), the hospital’s IT leadership decided to partner with Iron Mountain for a second data center location.
Englewood Hospital was already familiar with Iron Mountain as an existing customer of data management services, including cloud-based storage and offsite tape vaulting, and was confident that the same secure and compliant processes would extend into the data center service offering. Iron Mountain’s underground data center’s superior physical security, reliability and resiliency were also key considerations for Englewood Hospital during the selection process.
“Shortly after our PACS implementation, we realized our onsite data center would soon be over capacity. From a capital expense perspective, colocation was the right approach versus building our own data center. But we could not compromise security or compliance. We sought an offsite data center provider that could meet our stringent compliance and disaster recovery requirements,” said Ronald J. Fuschillo, chief information officer, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. “For the past three years, we have trusted Iron Mountain with our cloud storage and offsite tape vaulting needs so adding their data centers operations seemed to be a natural fit.”
Englewood Hospital’s IT team has created an additional disaster recovery site by using Iron Mountain’s colocation facility to deploy an Active / Active solution and improve the hospital’s everyday performance while reducing inefficiencies. The solution eliminates bandwidth contention by providing hospital staff access to applications at the hospital’s onsite data center and remote clinics access to the second data center site at the Iron Mountain colocation facility. Additionally, the system allows for failover if one site becomes inoperable due to a disaster. Englewood Hospital is also leveraging Iron Mountain’s Total Network Services for a high-quality, low-cost connectivity solution and improving efficiencies to its data center.
“Our data centers are designed to help organizations in highly regulated environments, like Englewood Hospital, said Mark Kidd, senior vice president and general manager, data centers, Iron Mountain. “From employee training to the infrastructure of our buildings, we take a stringent approach to complying with industry-specific regulations such as HIPAA, PCI, and FISMA. Our operational expertise in managing information assets from creation to destruction also differentiates us for our customers. Iron Mountain has valued its relationship with Englewood through the years supporting their storage and information management needs. We’re thrilled to now extend that relationship to the data center.”
About Iron Mountain’s Data Center Solutions
For more than a decade, enterprise organizations have trusted Iron Mountain to develop and manage their data center environments with a portfolio of ultra-secure facilities and compliant services. Iron Mountain’s carrier and service provider neutral facilities offer both retail colocation and wholesale data center leasing options. This solution leverages Iron Mountain’s 63-year heritage of protecting information, helping organizations bring the same high levels of security and compliance to their data center environments. The company’s national data center is located within a unique, 145-acre underground location outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with additional data centers in Boston, Massachusetts and Kansas City, Missouri. For more information, visit www.ironmountain.com/datacenters.
About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and information management services. The company’s real estate network of over 67 million square feet across more than 1,000 facilities in 36 countries allows it to serve customers with speed and accuracy. And its solutions for records management, data management, document management, and secure shredding help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information for business advantage. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including business documents, backup tapes, electronic files and medical data. Visit www.ironmountain.com for more information.