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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Memorial Hospital in South Bend, IN, was paying a truckload of maintenance fees on a five-year-old picture archiving and communications system (PACS) from EMC and Kodak. To save money, the hospital looked at upgrading to newer storage from EMC, but instead found a more cost-effective package from IBM. The hospital put image retrieval at the top of its list as it designed the new system. Previously, images would go from EMC Clariion storage directly to tape; if they had to be retrieved again, "it was a big problem," according Steve Huffman, director of information technology at Memorial Hospital. "We had to do a lot of pre-fetching before a patient's appointment to ensure we had the records available," he says. Building a tiered storage environment has alleviated this issue. The hospital deployed an IBM System Storage DS4800 for Tier one that stores approximately 12TB of critical data. Doctors can access images on this tier for as long as 18 months. To address disaster recovery (DR), Tier-one data is written simultaneously to Tier two, which consists of an ... Access >>>

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