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64-bit NAS OS on Celeros EzNAS Saves the Day for Memorial Health Care System

One of the challenges that nearly every non-profit faces is putting in place solutions that fit into their limited budgets while still meeting very specific compliance and technical requirements. This was the challenge facing Memorial Health Care Systems as it was experiencing rapid data growth, had very specific application requirements and had to meet new HIPAA compliance requirements. It was this combination of factors that eventually led it to select the Celeros EzNAS to solve these problems.

I recently spoke with Derek Mize, the main PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) administrator for Memorial Health Care Systems (MHCS) who told me that the Siemens SYNGO Dynamics CVPACS that he was responsible for managing was running out of storage capacity. But he did not want to use a storage area network (SAN) which are popular primary storage solutions used in support of PACS implementations.
 
In his research, he found that a SAN could cost anywhere from 4 to 10 times as much as he wanted to pay plus it did not give him the flexibility that he wanted. Further, the Siemens SYNGO Dynamics CVPACS system only supported one mount point so he wanted a storage solution that was less complex and time intensive to manage than a SAN so he decided to explore using NAS in his environment.

However finding a NAS solution that met his requirements was not as easy as he expected. He needed a NAS solution that scaled into the tens of TBs on a single mount point which only 64-bit NAS operating systems provided. Unfortunately, they typically had a price tag to match.

It was as he was searching the Internet for a 64-bit NAS OS that he discovered the Celeros EzNAS. Aside from being one of the few NAS arrays that supported this feature, it also was in his price range. So using the EzNAS he could present the single mount point that the MHCS Siemens PACS system required while  giving him the ability to scale capacity at a very granular leverl (he could add one disk drive at a time) that he needed. It was this combination of factors that eventually led MHCS to select the EzNAS.

Since then, MHCS has accelerated its adoption of the Celeros EzNAS for the following reasons:

  • The size and number of images associated with each PACS study are steadily increasing so using the Celeros EzNAS MHCS can incrementally and affordably add more capacity.
  • Celeros natively includes a replication feature which MHCS can leverage to replicate data at least 5 miles away to another Celeros system to meet new HIPAA DR requirements.
  • MHCS can affordably keep data online for longer periods of time. While HIPAA only requires that it keep images for 5 years, keeping it longer enables MHCS to better meet its patients’ needs.
  • Finally, MHCS is looking to expand radiology services to its remote partner doctors’ offices so Celeros gives MHCS an affordable way to store and replicate images to and from these offices.

Enterprise features at storage systems intended and priced for small and medium enterprises are becoming more common and the story that MHCS’s Mize had to share supported this point.  He found that he could get the enterprise features he needed, the price he wanted and the price he had to have from Celeros all without sacrificing service and support. To read more about MHCS’ experience with Celeros, you can download a case study that DCIG recently prepared based upon my conversation with Mize.

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