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Surviving the Healthcare Data Flood

Posted on: June 1st, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

Surviving the Healthcare Data Flood

Healthcare organizations are generating data at a skyrocketing rate. While the volume of healthcare data was estimated at 153 exabytes in 2013, IDC predicts that it will reach an astounding 2314 exabytes by 2020 – a growth rate of 48% annually.

Clearly, all this data presents a challenge for today’s healthcare IT groups from a resource perspective. At the same time, the privacy and security requirements for how healthcare companies must manage this data continues to change.

Storage as a Strategic Asset

When architecting a storage solution, we believe certain requirements are critical to success – scalability, security and transactional speed. Without scalability, companies can’t leverage data as they grow. It must also be done efficiently – too often storage is a bottleneck that slows down every workload that requires the resource.

Virtualization and Consolidation

Eliminating silos and creating a virtualized, enterprise-wide storage solution is the best way to reduce costs and ensure scalability. More importantly, it ensures that you have the power to apply security policies globally to quickly adjust to regulatory changes.


Reduce storage needs by eliminating redundant data from the start. Storage solutions with federated deduplication capabilities, such as HPE 3PAR, ensure that only one unique instance of the data is actually retained on storage media.  This significantly reduces resource requirements for primary, archival and back-up systems.


Because data plays a central role in the application delivery process, response time is critical to optimizing the performance of those applications. Flash storage provides superior speed over disc-based options, handling hundreds of thousands of I/O operations per second with sub-millisecond latency.  Now that the cost of flash is on par with disc-based systems (less that $2 per usable GB), more healthcare organizations are adding all flash or hybrid arrays into their storage mix to speed processing for critical workloads.

Tiered Storage

Not all healthcare data is created equal – EMR data and lab results for patients currently under clinical review are far more critical to the organization than scheduling and HR information. IT groups can leverage the fact that data has different values to create a tiered approach to storage.  By deploying mission critical information (Tier 1) on the fastest resources and moving the less important data down to slower systems (Tier 2 or 3), companies can cost-engineer their storage investments.

Back-up and Recovery

Taking the time to implement a centralized back-up, recovery and archival (BURA) solution will significantly reduce administrative work, organizational disruption and time to recovery in the long run. Solutions such as HPE StoreOnce can provide a consolidated BURA solution for multiple data centers and locations without downtime.

Data is critical to every aspect of the patient care – without a smooth flow of information across the organization, healthcare providers can’t admit patients, schedule them for tests or optimize their treatment plans. Let American Digital show you how to control the growing flood of healthcare data and turn it into a strategic asset for the entire organization.


Backup with Brains: Intelligent Data Protection

Posted on: November 11th, 2015 by Daniella Lundsberg


It’s time for backup to get smarter. In today’s fast moving economy, companies are faced with exponential data growth and the monumental task of storing increasing amounts of data and resource-intensive files. Along with capturing data, enterprises must also address security measures for safeguarding sensitive and confidential information. Traditional backup is not enough.

Want greater insights from your data?

Smarter backup with real-time analytics provides deeper visibility into your current events, plus gives a comprehensive view of future events and needs, which allows decision makers to make more definitive strategy decisions. “We’ve been talking about better backup for years or even decades,” says Dave Russell, Research VP at Gartner when discussing the latest trends in backup and recovery. “Analytics, deployed now, can help us solve tomorrow’s backup and recovery issues before they come up to bite us.”

Backup with Brains: Intelligent Data Protection

It’s time to expect more from backup and recovery. With HPE Data Protector, you get a unified platform that leverages real-time analytics and automation to deliver intelligent and converged data protection. Unlike any other software on the market, HPE Data Protector goes beyond traditional backup and offers an adaptive approach to data protection to deliver real business value.

HPE Data Protector provides a seamless integration of analytics into the backup and recovery process to improve your process for protecting data and allows for faster processing of backups. Get smarter data protection with HPE Data Protector.

What does smarter data protection look like?

  • Prioritization: identify and prioritize backup jobs for critical workloads
  • Prediction: anticipate issues and proactively address them before they occur
  • Recommendations: dramatically improve utilization of backup infrastructure
  • Automation: improve disaster recovery and recovery time with increase automation

Building an intelligent data protection system

Let us develop an intelligent data protection system with better efficiency, real-time analytics, and increased security. As HPE’s largest Platinum Partner in the Midwest, we can help you select the right HPE Backup, Recovery and Archive Solution for your business. You’ll get peace-of-mind knowing your data is protected around the clock. Get more than just backup, get backup with brains.

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


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