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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.

 

2016’s Can’t-Miss IT Trends for Optimized Healthcare Delivery

Posted on: May 10th, 2016 by Daniella Lundsberg

While the healthcare industry may spend billions on IT initiatives annually, most hospital groups today are working with limited budgets. Instead, they need to prioritize their efforts to maximize business impact and ROI in both the short and long term. Whether you’re a small clinic or a large hospital group, it’s time to embrace the top IT trends of 2016 – convergence and rightsizing – to create the efficiencies, services and outcomes that will set you apart from the rest.

At a high level, data center convergence is the next step in server virtualization and consolidation – one that removes much of the complexities previously associated with building out datacenters or enterprise infrastructures. It replaces the traditional, highly siloed IT model with one in which compute, storage and networking resources are shared across multiple applications. However, it lets companies use modular, repeatable and scalable building blocks to quickly transform healthcare IT operations for future growth.

At the same time, rightsizing ensures that your converged infrastructure is perfectly balanced to handle current workloads – i.e. it is not over or under provisioned. When implemented, it creates a highly scalable, flexible “add-it-as-you-need- it” infrastructure model capable of supporting healthcare growth and agility in an extremely efficient way.

For healthcare companies, a rightsized, converged infrastructure can support the workloads, applications, devices and security protocols needed to enable key corporate initiatives:

Transform care delivery models and increase clinician productivity by giving them secure, mobile access to EMR, test results and other data on tablets and portable devices as they move from patient to patient

  • Gain the flexibility and scalability needed to store an ever increasing amount of patient data, imaging files, test results, billing records, sensor data, communications and more – for both short and long term needs
  • Become data driven – prevent bottlenecks in urgent care and emergency rooms by analyzing patient flows; improve health outcomes by using patient data and national databanks to determine the best course of action; enrich expansion and specialization planning with geographic and public health data; etc.
  • Enact stronger security policies to ensure compliance with privacy regulations, protect confidential data and mitigate the risk of breach or ransoming attack
  • Speed the deployment of innovative patient services to that will differentiate providers from their competitors
  • Add capacity, cut costs and reduce datacenter footprints as you bring more departments onto a centralized IT infrastructure pre-tested and approved for healthcare workloads such as EMR and imaging system implementations

Transform to differentiate healthcare services

At American Digital, we’ve seen how convergence and rightsizing can help healthcare organizations of all types gain a clear competitive advantage by becoming more efficient, empowering clinicians and improving patient care in bold new ways. Infrastructure building blocks, such as those included in the HPE Converged Architecture, provide a quick and easy way to transform your IT environment, regardless of your budget limitations. Instead of maintaining a large number of disparate hardware and software elements, you can create a more transformative, adaptive infrastructure that facilitates future initiatives. Let the experts at American Digital show you how to get started. Call us today!

 

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