German hospital reduces costs with tiered storage solution

March 13, 2012 in Medical Technology

St. Augustinus Hospital, near Dusseldorf, has implemented a tiered data storage solution using PoINT Storage Manager Software. The hospital now uses primary storage more efficiently by migrating inactive data to an archive tier. All data is accessible using the NetApp ONTAP operating system.

With constantly rising data volumes, St. Augustinus needed a solution that would transfer inactive data to an archive system. Christoph Sulik, manager of system integration, says he chose the software from PoINT since it is a comprehensive solution.

Another key factor in the decision to use PoINT is its integration with the Quantum i500 LTO Tape Library, which the hospital uses for archive purposes, officials say.

The PoINT solution has unique “pass through” functionality. In the course of daily tasks, such as diagnostic findings, the application requires only certain data from a file. To meet the hospital’s requirements, files migrated to the archive tier do not have to be restored to primary storage. The “pass through” function sends the requested data directly to the application and does not restore them on primary storage.

The installation and beginning of the test phase were completed in less than a day, officials say.


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