Clouds roll in to handle stratospheric capacity needs
With PACS and other diagnostic imaging files quickly diminishing healthcare data storage capacities, providers are scrambling to find a much larger repository to handle their needs. More and more, that means gravitating toward the cloud, IT vendors say.
Massive data generation, along with requirements for accessibility and long-term storage capacity, is necessitating healthcare’s migration to virtual storage in the many cloud systems available today. Russ Kennedy, vice president of product strategy and marketing for Chicago-based Cleversafe, says the astronomical amounts of healthcare data make cloud storage the only choice for providers. Kennedy cited a 2008 International Data Corporation digital study on the amount of data out there and determined that there were 800 exabytes at that time. One exabyte is equal to one million terabytes. In that study, IDC predicted that there would be 35,000 exabytes in the total digital universe by the year 2020.
Friday, September 30, 2011
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