Healthcare companies solve data storage woes

Synology Inc

Tuesday, 17 March, 2020


A report prepared by CDW Healthcare claims that the healthcare industry is experiencing explosive growth in data. The total amount of data is projected to grow from 500 PB in 2013 to 25,000 PB by 2020, which is an astonishing 50 times growth. It is said that such a phenomenon is mainly contributed by the adaptation of PAC applications. In short, modern medical workspace urgently needs a file server solution that can not only store a significant amount of growing medical records and data: a stable and secure solution also needs to be adapted to ensure service continuity as it is the key to prepare themselves for growing data demand.

Artemis Eye Clinics carry out more than 70,000 eye surgeries by over 80 doctors annually at its 16 surgical centres and more than 30 locations in Germany. The clinic was looking for a fast, promising, high-availability solution to ensure the secure operation of heterogeneous hospital networks that was compatible with its existing Windows Hyper-V clusters to provide the best performance and stability for virtual machine operations. Synology High Availability (SHA) solution was quickly identified and implemented at each location with two Intel based Synology NAS as they were used in a high-availability failover cluster for iSCSI connection to Hyper-V servers. If there is a failure in the active server, all VMs will automatically fail over to the second Synology NAS in the cluster. Thus, the clinics can continue to work without interruption, which implies significant cost savings and reliability.

One of the UK’s largest veterinary groups was in need to equip a small, reliable and cost-effective onsite data storage solution after installing digital imaging facilities including X-ray, CAT scans and ultrasound scans at each of its 50 locations. Although each practice has a different capacity requirement, they still have the same needs of a PACS server. The PACS package that comes with Synology NAS allows the client to split the storage into two types: online storage where images are stored locally on the Synology NAS device; and then after a duration, the images are moved to nearline storage via the built-in Synology Hyper Backup feature, for which they have chosen Amazon S3. This allows the user to still view archived data if required, retrieving it back to the NAS with speed and ease. The Synology NAS supports DICOM solutions that are compatible with the digital imaging equipment used in the practices as not only can they communicate to each other, the images taken are also instantly transferred from the imaging machine straight to the NAS for backup.

Corin APAC, who develops, produces and distributes reconstructive orthopaedic devices worldwide, struggled with an inefficient and costly data management system at its APAC headquarters in Australia. Corin APAC was looking for add-on software solution to backup offsite data and Office 365. With over 2400 mailboxes, software licence fees were mounting. Corin ultimately selected Synology solutions for reliability, cost-effectiveness, future expandability and ease of use. Synology’s solution not only serves as the main storage server but also backs up Corin’s entire Office 365 deployment without additional licensing fees. Not only are Corin’s 2463 accounts being protected by Synology’s Active Backup for Office 365 solution, critical business data on Microsoft OneDrive for Business, Outlook, SharePoint Online, address books, and calendars are all safely backed up onto their Synology solution on a daily basis. This decision essentially saves Corin Australia AUD$84,000 annually on licence fees.

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