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Should you migrate to SAP HANA?

Posted on: August 18th, 2017 by Daniella Lundsberg

Faster is better. This is especially true when it comes to accessing business data, which can now be made available in real-time thanks to SAP HANA. Beyond speed, SAP HANA wraps data into reports and analytics, delivers it to your desktop, and uses it to provide relevant offers to customers and users. This level of speed and transparency helps companies innovate, mitigate risk, and make all of those critical decisions that drive operations each day.

Real-time data availability is the primary benefit driving growth and demand for SAP HANA, a database and applications platform developed by SAP SE. SAP HANA, a High-Performance Analytic Appliance, is now the fastest-growing technology in SAP history due to its revolutionary in-memory platform. It can be used for any kind of application, capable of processing both structured and unstructured data instantaneously.

SAP HANA is an in-memory column-oriented relational database management system that combines database with application processing along with integration services. Available for both on-premise and cloud deployment, SAP HANA makes big data, real-time analytics and aggregation, powerful data processing, data management and data warehousing possible on a single platform. SAP HANA notably out-performs traditional databases, thanks to its ability to keep vast volumes of information in memory, or physically closer to the CPU, and instantly accessible. So you can monitor and analyze incoming data the second it enters the system.

How fast is fast? While actual speed is dependent on the data model and other factors, SAP HANA is shown to perform between 1,000 to 10,000 times faster than a traditional database platform. This is due to its in-memory design, which overcomes challenges naturally inherent in on-disk systems including bottlenecks between CPU and disk. To drive performance, SAP HANA leverages multi-core processors, low-cost main memory or RAM, and solid state drives.

SAP HANA stores data in columnar structures which enables data compression making entire data retrieval process even faster. When a traditional database system tries to improve I/O performance to these levels, it can only do so by heavy memory consumption and CPU cycles. So users are forced to choose between, for example, a broad and deep analysis or high-speed performance. Traditional databases also use much more memory, caching, and CPU cycles to maintain the cache on top.

But SAP HANA’s in-memory platform eliminates disk I/O, reduces memory consumption, and minimizes data redundancy along with the associated need for more storage space. Superior performance is backed by optimized compression, columnar RDBMS table storage, persistent data and log storage, partitioning, massive parallel processing, and ACID compliance. ACID (Atomicity, Consistency, Isolation, and Durability) compliance ensures transaction reliability, while partitioning supports the deployment of massive tables – dividing them into smaller segments that may be placed on multiple machines.

As a result, HANA makes computing faster, easier, and more efficient. It makes broad and deep analyses possible along with real-time availability, high-speed response, and powerful reporting capabilities. Code, application development, and set-up are simplified, with end users able to enjoy a richer and more relevant experience. Finally, SAP HANA streamlines a company’s data footprint making processing and operations more efficient than ever.

Contact American Digital to discuss whether or not SAP HANA is right for your organization.

Storage Optimization in Today’s Digital Economy

Posted on: September 2nd, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

In today’s digital economy, navigating the IT landscape can be challenging. As more and more data is created, enterprises are looking for scalable solutions to collect, store and analyze larger amounts of data. When it comes to storage management, it’s vital for organizations to adopt a more holistic view of its current storage needs and most importantly, anticipate future needs and goals. Are your storage optimization strategies in-line with company growth?

Creating a storage optimization roadmap

It’s not just about the amount of storage, it’s about determining the best storage level and capacity unique to your company’s business goals and strategies across the network. Highly complex storage systems can lead to inefficiencies, longer processing times, poor availability and higher costs. One of the first steps is to create a comprehensive storage optimization roadmap, which includes:

Review of existing storage architecture against future needs and goals

  • Benchmarking current storage capacity and performance
  • Determine the optimal hardware/software and virtualization solutions
  • Research different types of storage solutions: Flash, Cloud and Hybrid
  • Identify opportunities for storage optimization and long-term benefits

The goals of storage optimization

The goals of storage optimization are to reduce storage hardware costs, consolidate existing storage resources and gain system-wide visibility. However, since not all data is created equal, before companies can determine their storage needs, it’s important to look at the type of data that drives the organization. Next, companies should create a comprehensive guide outlining both possible quick improvements to their storage capacities and the long-term benefits of storage optimization.

Go Green!

Along with lowering your TCO in today’s digital world, companies now have a choice when it comes to their storage environments and hardware solutions. As enterprises scale, while they simultaneously upgrade to new technologies, it becomes even more challenging to reduce operational budgets. To sustain company growth and create more efficient processes, organizations must invest even more dollars into their IT infrastructure. However, upgrading can become more sustainable by utilizing flash technology, cost-efficient hardware and eco-friendly cloud storage solutions. American Digital can future-proof your enterprise and simplify upgrades and migrations.

Learn more about storage optimization solutions

As HP’s largest Platinum Partner in the Midwest, American Digital can help craft a unique storage optimization roadmap to meet your company’s needs and goals. Complete a Storage Assessment today and learn how we can help you with all of your storage needs.


Top 5 Reasons to Revisit Healthcare Analytics Today

Posted on: June 16th, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

With so much talk about Big Data today, it’s easy to forget that it continues to be a disruptive, revolutionizing force in healthcare. Technologists keep finding new ways to extract data from unlikely sources – videos, sensors, images, text documents – which data scientists then use to create more sophisticated models and discover new insights.

Smart healthcare groups today are leveraging these advances to solve key challenges throughout the organization:


  • Optimizing Patient Outcomes


    • Big Data is having a huge impact on clinical research as a whole, allowing investigators to mine patient data from around the globe as they look for cures to cancer, diseases, viruses and more. However, individual providers can also use analytics to study the factors involved in hospital-acquired conditions within their own population. This will help reduce the number of post-op infections, determine which device types (catheters, stents, implants) are more successful, find ways to limit the spread of infectious disease and more.
  • Implementing Workflow Improvements


    • Today’s healthcare providers are going beyond scheduling data to find ways to increase staff productivity, limit costs and reduce patient wait times. They’re analyzing every piece of data across the organization – information from the mobile devices physicians carry as they move from patient to patient, the sensors embedded in monitoring devices, dispensary applications, lab equipment, even surveillance footage – to see where improvements can be made.
  • Optimizing Cost and Reimbursement Models


    • In 2013 alone, hospitals were underpaid for medical services by $51 billion. Clearly, healthcare providers need to break down the barriers between siloed data stores in order to analyze all the factors that impact care – including revisits and testing protocols – to determine true cost of service. Being able to map that information to payer reimbursements rules will help organizations find a way to reduce growing financial deficits.
  • Pioneering Preventative Medicine


    • From wearables for tracking daily wellness habits to genetic testing for understanding predisposal to specific conditions, smart providers are using a wealth of individual and public data to create personalized medical plans to keep their patients healthier over the long run.
  • Boosting Patient and Community Engagement 


  • Extending care delivery throughout the community means offering services and facilities tailored to an area’s unique requirements. Whether an organization is looking to grow through acquisition or expansion, planning teams need deep knowledge on population, health factors, care preferences and more. Mining patient information alongside public health and social media data will allow healthcare organizations to keep pace with evolving patient and community trends.

It takes a powerful yet flexible data storage and analytics architecture to continuously capitalize on the advances occurring in Big Data today. At American Digital, we start by optimizing structured data sets and increasing efficiency with next-gen storage technology such as HPE 3PAR. To help companies dig deeper and speed results, our analysts and data scientists rely on HPE’s purpose-built analytics platform equipped with natural language processing and machine learning to draw real-time insights from all available information sources – internal and external, structured and unstructured.

Becoming data driven is one of the best strategies for ensuring relevance in today’s evolving healthcare space. Let us know, in the space below, how you’re using Big Data to drive change within your organization

Why VDIs Should Be At The Top Of Your Project List

Posted on: May 9th, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

Clinics, hospital groups and healthcare practices of all sizes are looking for new ways to improve care, enhance productivity and cut costs. From a technical perspective, virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) provide a fast track to achieving all these goals, especially when utilizing software-defined storage (SDS) technology that allows you to build simplified, agile, cost-effective and highly available applications for fluctuating VDI workloads. VDI enables healthcare providers to have more freedom to navigate healthcare applications regardless of their location for increased productivity and work flow.

VDI deployments, if configured in traditional siloed datacenters, can present performance issues and unpredictable user experiences, as well as high operational and capital costs. In today’s mobile and bring-your-own-device (BYOD) workforce, IT departments face additional challenges in meeting high-demand storage and compute complexities.

Simply put, when architected and implemented properly, VDIs can yield security, manageability and productivity benefits. Unlike traditional desktop deployments, the OS is virtualized and hosted remotely within the data center. This separates the physical computing device from the software­ and ensures that nothing is stored locally. The benefit? Quick, secure and instant access to critical applications and services.

Using Mobility and BYOD to Improve Patient Care

VDIs changes the mobile access landscape for healthcare providers.. It lets providers securely and quickly access to patient information – medical records, provider notes, test results, etc. – in real-time via tablets, smartphones, laptops and/or remote desktops. That means doctors can go from patient to patient without stopping to see if x-rays are ready or if the cardiology consult was completed. Every patient interaction is tracked and instantly accessible to every member of the care team – even those outside of the office. Hospitals and clinics can even integrate sensor and telemedicine data to complete the picture of a patient’s health.

Clearly, this is far more productive for the staff and minimizes patient wait time. Better, it ensures that all clinicians have the information they need to make smarter decisions at every turn, which then improves care and ultimately patient outcomes.

Boosting Data Security

Healthcare organizations are increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals looking to steal private patient information and deploy ransoming attacks. When no information is stored locally, VDIs eliminate one set of endpoint vulnerabilities altogether. At the same time, virtualization allows IT to set global security policies and ensure that updates are immediately deployed across all user devices for secure access to patient-regulated information.

Reducing Administrative Costs

VDI in your healthcare organization can deliver significant cost savings. Thin clients and tablets are typically less expensive than fully configured desktop computers. More importantly, VDIs eliminate much of the work spent maintaining user-based systems. Updates are done centrally and delivered automatically. New users are added centrally, so there’s no need to custom configure a device every time you add a new user or upgrade their technology. Additionally, your IT staff has more time to concentrate on value-added tasks.

Taking the First Step

If you are considering a VDI implementation or if you’re looking at ways to update a traditional IT infrastructure, it’s important to start with a highly scalable platform. American Digital partners with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to deliver Storage and Converged Data Center solutions to deliver simplicity in VDI management, security, reliability and performance. By building an architecture with these solutions at the start, you will be able to optimize workload performance and manage escalating storage requirements as your needs grow.

American Digital can help you implement a VDI strategy that strengthens your data security and supports better outcomes. Contact us to learn more.


American Digital Proves Itself as the Right Choice to Support Mt. Sinai’s Epic Migration

Posted on: April 11th, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

Hospitals depend on data to make life and death decisions each day. Applications like Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Electronic Medical Records (EMR) are vital to ensuring the continued health and wellness of each patient in care. These applications provide medical staff with the information they need to make accurate treatment and diagnosis decisions. That’s why it’s imperative that these applications are not only available but also running smoothly and efficiently at all times.

Take Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Miami, for example. With a renowned teaching hospital, a state-of-the-art medical center, an active cardiac program, and the largest memory disorder center in the state of Florida, the Center’s applications must always be up-and-running with sufficient backup. As with any hospital, its IT department also demands highly efficient infrastructure solutions including storage and servers along with backup and recovery.

American Digital is a longstanding HP Enterprise (HPE) Platinum partner for healthcare clients like Mt. Sinai, rolling up our sleeves and working with IT directors at hospitals and healthcare groups to ensure they have the technology required to effectively support all of their applications – and, in turn, their patients. Healthcare clients rely on American Digital to ensure continued up time along with the intelligent design, implementation, and maintenance of custom infrastructure solutions.

And when leading healthcare organizations and American Digital work together, remarkable things are possible. As Mt. Sinai’s chosen “go to” HPE infrastructure partner, American Digital provided a truly converged solution to support their critical, large-scale Epic migration. Following the completion of just the first phase, Mt. Sinai is already positioned to realize measurable capital and operational cost savings. Moreover, the progress and performance realized by the new system precisely met expectations without the need for additional IT administrators.

To read more about Mt. Sinai Medical Center’s Epic migration and American Digital’s role, please download the full case study.

The Transformative Impact of the Cloud

Posted on: October 16th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

The cloud is having a transformative impact on business. Organizations who utilize cloud technologies will lead the way in innovation and stay ahead of the competition. With 65% of the fortune 1000 companies moving to the cloud, having a cloud implementation strategy is vital for company growth.

How the Cloud Can Transform Your Business Along with greater agility, the cloud allows organizations to leverage technology along every phase of the IT lifecycle. Building the right cloud solution for your business can help you reduce your operating costs, enhance elasticity, and simplify data analysis. Some of the ways the cloud can transform your business includes:

  • Integration of the cloud with existing architecture at lower costs
  • Faster time-to-market and ease of integration
  • Automation of application and data updates
  • New product development and innovation
  • Improve alignment with customers and partners

Cloud Adoption and Cloud Implementation Cloud adoption rates are maturing at a fast pace and early adoption is key. Based on a 2015 mid-year survey from Cowen & Company, 77% of enterprises report meaningful cloud adoption and believe many more processes will be moved to the cloud. As companies expand their digital footprint, and with the rise of cloud computing accelerating, it’s imperative that companies develop a structured cloud implementation strategy to give them a competitive advantage when it comes to business innovation.

Private, Public or Hybrid? Which cloud model is best for your business objectives and goals? According to the IDC, by the year 2020, clouds will stop being referred to as “public” or “private” and eventually, cloud models will simply evolve into the new way of doing business. There is not one simple solution and before choosing a cloud infrastructure, it’s important for companies to establish data protection strategies before moving any sensitive data into the cloud. Today, most enterprises are using a mix of cloud solutions; thus, choosing a hybrid model to take advantage of the agile public cloud, while using the private cloud to maintain security protocols and data protection.

Cloud Enablement Assessment Let American Digital assess the best cloud strategy unique to your organization’s present and future goals. Request a Cloud Enablement Assessment today. As HP’s largest Platinum Partner in the Midwest, American Digital provides custom system integration and consulting services across HP’s complete enterprise portfolio of server, storage, and networking products.


Using Big Data as a Strategic Asset

Posted on: September 23rd, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

Big data is everywhere. In today’s internet of things (IoT), big data is reinventing traditional IT and changing the way we use, share and interpret information. For organizations looking to scale, big data is one of the keys to growth, innovation and most importantly, insight.

According to a recent study by Forrester Research, it is estimated that most companies are only analyzing around 12% of their current data. As organizations begin to make sense of big data, ignoring 88% of data-driven insights can lead to higher IT infrastructure costs, higher organizational costs and operational inefficiencies.


Using Big Data as a Strategic Asset

As companies collect, store and process vast amounts of data, organizations need to optimize their data by converting it into predictive analytics and actionable items. According to the IDC, big data technologies and architectures are designed to economically extract value from very large volumes of data by enabling high-velocity capture, discovery, and analysis. These technological shifts are reshaping the IT landscape and helping organizations solve day-to-day business challenges across the entire IT lifecycle.

Understanding and interpreting real-time data can lead to a better understanding of today’s savvy customer. As organizations gain greater insights into their customer’s behavior, they will also maintain a stronger advantage over the competition. Here are some of the ways companies are using big data to better understand their customers:

  • Creating in-depth customer solutions based on customer profiles
  • Click-stream analysis of real-time offers to online customers
  • Monitoring social media for sentiment analysis and applying real-time responses
  • Better understanding of the lifetime value of customers.


Big data. Big world. The Future of Big Data

Big data is not only about big business. This technological revolution will ignite fundamental changes across industries and organizations. What will the future of big data look like? Big data will revolutionize our lives by 2020 and change access to higher education, employment opportunities, social media trends, surveillance footage, entertainment and even the outcome of presidential elections.

How American Digital can help you make sense of big data?
American Digital is a Platinum HP partner certified to support and implement Big Data Solutions including HP’s Vertica. The versatile Vertica offering allows clients access to an analytics platform that is designed to exploit a wide variety of data while enabling them to accelerate business value from simplified reporting and analysis processes.


Save the Gambling for Vegas- The case for BURA

Posted on: July 24th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

Here’s a tip: Gamble as much as you are willing to lose. That small pearl of wisdom could be just as valuable to you in the context of your data center as it could be at the craps tables in Las Vegas. When it comes to safeguarding your data, traditional data protection and retention may no longer be enough to hedge your bet. Now is a good time to consider your backup, recovery and archive (BURA) options.

Greater dependence on data means backup alone won’t cut it

According to research reported by ESG, about half of organizations (49%) have a 15-minutes or less tolerance level for mission-critical application downtime. Their tolerance for normal business applications (not quite mission-critical) downtime didn’t differ by much1. Furthermore, according to a Gartner survey, the average cost of network downtime cited was $330K/hour. Naturally, you’d expect to see a wide range based on the business environment, but even at a low-end range of $140K/hour, we can agree that downtime is costly2. As service level agreements (SLAs) become even more stringent, expect to see tolerance drop as costs increase.

Enterprise IT managers are faced with a great deal of complexity. Protecting your business-critical applications without impacting performance is challenging. The volume and scale of data, along with its exponential growth, and the proliferation of virtualized environments just add to the complexity. Traditional hierarchical backup approaches can’t deliver the agility, affordability, and protection you demand.

The use of traditional backup software alone as a primary method of data protection has been fading (from 62% in early 2013 to 44% in 2014). At the same time, the use of array-based snapshots and replication – in conjunction with backup software – has increased from 34% to 51% among midsize and large enterprises.3

A better, more comprehensive approach

When you’re looking for a comprehensive, tiered and converged data protection architecture that balances availability and protection, combining snapshots and backup gives you the best of both worlds. The combination yields the near-instant, non-intrusive availability of snapshots with the reliable recovery and cost-effective retention of backups, delivered in an application-aware, storage-integrated data protection solution.

HP’s answer is to bring primary and backup storage closer together with a single data protection architecture that offers flexible options covering a wide spectrum of recovery scenarios. HP StoreOnce is the fastest backup on the market with federated deduplication so you can get back up and running faster when you need to recover. It provides flat backup directly from 3PAR StoreServ, and with HP StoreOnce Recovery Manager Central (RMC) software, your HP 3PAR StoreServ primary storage integrates with HP StoreOnce Backup systems. The result is application-managed data protection that speeds and simplifies data protection for virtualization data on your 3PAR array—while bypassing traditional backup server-based processes.

We can help you build a comprehensive BURA strategy

American Digital, an HP Platinum partner, is well positioned to assess your current backup and recovery strategy and coach you through the best approach to ensuring your sensitive and valuable data is protected. If you’d like to learn more about how American Digital can integrate award-winning HP BURA solutions into your IT environment, give us a call.


1 Multiple Data Protection Solutions’ Does Not Have to Mean ‘Multiple Vendors’, ESG Research, July 2014

2 The Cost of Downtime, Andrew Lerner, Gartner Blog Network, July 2014

3 Research conducted by TheInfoPro, a service of 451 Research


Measuring the Reputation Cost of Data Breach

Posted on: May 19th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg

The security landscape is constantly evolving, with businesses today fighting a cybercrime ecosystem that encompasses global players. Hackers now invest as much – if not more – toward exposing vulnerabilities as companies do in securing them. Assuming the right solutions are in place, most enterprises can stay under the radar and avoid a major breach. But there’s never a guarantee, and recent exposures at companies like Home Depot, Sony, and Target offer valuable insight that can help us all plan for and better comprehend the magnitude of loss potential.

The initial breach primarily affects the consumer, who faces bank-imposed limits and time-consuming card cancellations. For the business itself, along with that data loss, one of the greatest risks is long-term damage to the brand’s reputation. A trusted and established reputation can take decades to build – and mere seconds to destroy. Security breaches force companies to invest heavily in resources aimed at salvaging employee morale, stock valuation, consumer trust and loyalty. When customers are afraid to transact with a business, this also naturally puts a strain on traffic and revenue. For companies that survive a scandal, the fallout and ramifications can still take months to years to reconcile.

The extent of the damage and the time it takes to reinvigorate a brand’s reputation is largely dependent on the breadth of exposure and the manner in which the crisis is handled. Data breaches are one of three occurrences to have the greatest impact on brand reputation, according to a survey conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Experian’s Data Breach Resolution unit entitled “The Aftermath of a Mega Data Breach: Consumer Sentiment”. In this survey, data breach was ranked up with environmental disasters and poor customer service.

When evaluating potential risk, planning for crisis resolution, and assessing the cost of an enterprise security solution, tangible assets alone aren’t enough. Decision makers must also estimate the monetary value of, and the earning potential in, their brand reputation. They need to ask themselves: “How much is our brand reputation worth?”

Ready to for a security assessment? Contact the American Digital security team today.

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