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Jul 29 2010   11:41AM GMT

Best practices for streamlining data management with HSV



Posted by: Jenny Laurello
Data management, healthcare storage virtualization, HSV

Guest Post: Tony Cotterill, founder and CEO, BridgeHead Software

Healthcare Storage Virtualization, or HSV, is a flexible data and storage management platform that decouples software applications from the physical storage hardware on which the application data resides. By separating these applications from their respective storage devices, healthcare organizations have more choice, flexibility and control over the way data is accessed, protected and managed. The aim, ultimately, is to ensure optimal efficiency and cost effectiveness through better utilization of hardware resources and, more importantly, the easy, safe and reliable access, use and management of critical electronic patient data.

In fact, HSV’s hardware agnostic framework liberates healthcare organizations from the lock-in of a proprietary hardware solution. Users are free to take advantage of their existing infrastructure and mix and match systems components from multiple vendors. Over time, they can incrementally build their HSV foundation by gradually adding new hardware as their budget permits.

HSV offers full functionality to streamline and cost-effectively manage your storage throughout the data lifecycle, including HSV advanced services, compression, de-duplication, encryption, content tiering, content verification, content indexing, legal hold, retention management and immutable storage

With HSV, healthcare organizations consequently benefit from:

  • Improved storage utilization that enables healthcare IT professionals to make the most of their current infrastructures; the application of advanced services, such as compression and de-duplication, maximize available storage utilization.
  • Trouble-free data migration provides controlled movement of data across storage devices, as and where required. As the data is processed and managed by the virtualization layer, it can be transferred between storage devices, invisibly in the background.
  • Enhanced content access realized through the application of comprehensive content indexing (metadata and full-text indexing) to the data in the background as it flows through the virtualization layer and is written into storage. This enables the presentation of a single, virtual data repository available to applications, storage devices or users directly.
  • Better data protection and security achieved via the virtualization layer’s ability to transfer data onto geographically dispersed and highly protected systems outside of a hospital’s primary storage backup repository.

In short, HSV enables healthcare organizations to addresses both their immediate and long-term data management challenges. While it’s a destination to be achieved systematically over time, its benefits can be realized and demonstrated almost immediately.

Tony Cotterill is founder and CEO of Healthcare Storage Virtualization (HSV) company BridgeHead Software, which offers a scalable, future-proof platform to overcome rising data volumes and increasing storage costs while delivering peace of mind around the access, availability and protection of critical electronic patient data.

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