Today’s modern healthcare organizations are drowning in unmanaged and unstructured data. The amount of data produced by hospitals, insurance companies, and other healthcare providers is growing exponentially in recent years and this trajectory isn’t slowing down. Next-generation healthcare data storage solutions are needed to address IT modernization challenges and deliver high-performance computing (HPC) performance, hybrid cloud simplicity, and scalable capacities for Healthcare and Life Sciences.
Today, leading technology research firm DCIG recognized Qumulo as a “Top 5” rising vendor in storage for healthcare solutions. We are thrilled with the recognition and would like to take this opportunity to showcase the benefits hospitals, clinics, radiology centers, and other healthcare organizations are seeing as they move to the Qumulo data storage platform.
Read the full report to learn why DCIG recognized Qumulo as an ideal healthcare storage solution for organizations looking to address IT modernization challenges and gain potential competitive advantage.
Single Platform for Medical Imaging and Other Unstructured Data Use Cases
Modern medical imaging is revolutionizing patient care but is also leading to exponential storage growth as more studies are being produced per patient and the average imaging study is orders of magnitude larger than with 2D-generating modalities. Hospitals and clinics are eager to provide these capabilities and yet their storage infrastructures were designed for a previous generation of technology, relying upon different arrays and expecting studies to be significantly smaller.
Since the Qumulo File Data Platform can scale to petabytes and beyond, it is a natural fit to meet this challenge. Many of the world’s leading hospitals, such as Imelda Hospital in the Netherlands, have turned to Qumulo to solve such limitations they face with legacy storage vendors.
Dayton Children’s Hospital needed to support their picture archiving and communication system (PACS) as well as imaging application data, and saw additional advantages with a single file data platform for a range of use cases including video surveillance, research computing, and clinical department requirements. They looked at alternatives from NetApp and Dell EMC, but Qumulo met all their requirements and managed an aggressive migration timeline. Their Qumulo deployment now supports the hospital’s Sectra PACS, with high-resolution images from cardiology, radiology, and neurology.
“Qumulo provides fast image retrieval by physicians, even in the most challenging and urgent hospital environments.” (Mike Brady, Dayton Children’s Hospital)
Meeting the Challenges of Scale
Having already scaled past 8 petabytes of data, Carillon Clinic considered it important to be able to scale and continue to improve as technology advances. Chris Painter, Sr. Storage Engineer explained, “We wanted to get away from having to do a full NAS migration every three years. In an effort to put an end to that madness, we went with Qumulo and felt it could address that issue.”
Qumulo’s sustained speed and performance, even at petabyte-scale, is combined with a robust set of analytics that gives storage teams real-time insights into usage and activity across billions of files. The resulting intelligence enables the “full utilization” of storage resources and powers the Qumulo platform’s automatic predictive file-level pre-fetch and caching for high performance.
Key Features That Earned Qumulo a Spot Among DCIG Top 5 Rising Vendors in Storage for Healthcare Solutions
“Qumulo’s software-defined hybrid file system provides high-performance file services for trillions of files in multi-petabyte data sets. This is true on-premises, natively in the public cloud, and as a system that scales across on-premises and public cloud environments. It provides the scalable data services and real-time visibility organizations need to manage the ever-increasing volume, velocity and variety of data,” said Ken Clipperton, DCIG Lead Analyst, Storage.
According to the report, three of the key features that earned Qumulo a spot among DCIG TOP 5 Rising Vendors in Storage for Healthcare Solutions include:
- Simple Global Hybrid Cloud: Qumulo delivers a single namespace with multi-protocol access (SMB, NFS, FTP, REST) across all assigned storage. No application migration or transformation is required to access files in any environment, including in the cloud, easing both storage consolidation and data collaboration tasks.
- Consistent Workflow Integration: Rich APIs from Qumulo enable the tight workflow integration of storage with complex data pipelines and critical application workflows found in key use cases like genomics, molecular simulations, image processing and PACS.
- Real Time Analytics: Qumulo provides instant data and usage visibility across billions of files. The resulting intelligence enables the “full utilization” of storage resources and powers the Qumulo platform’s automatic predictive file-level pre-fetch and caching for high performance.
“When researching file storage solutions that could deliver HPC-class performance, hybrid cloud simplicity, and hugely scalable capacities for these Healthcare and Life Sciences reports, we found that Qumulo not only met those requirements, but could do so efficiently and cost-effectively. Their storage was architected to grow to extreme-scale unstructured data capacities with intelligent file-level algorithms that leverage assigned NVMe resources to maximize file storage performance,” said Mike Matchett, DCIG Consulting Analyst.
Cloud-Ready Healthcare Data Storage Solution
DCIG recognized how Qumulo delivers a single namespace with multi-protocol access (SMB, NFS, FTP, REST) across all assigned storage. No application migration or transformation is required to access files in any environment, including in the cloud, easing both storage consolidation and data collaboration tasks.
Hospitals tend to have extensive on-premises infrastructure as their primary storage locations in order to be able to serve physicians, employees, and patients without network latency concerns. They are opportunistically engaging with cloud infrastructures for less time-sensitive workloads, for cloud disaster recovery or redundancy, and for cost-effective longer-term storage. (See more: Qumulo Recover Q Wins Best Cloud DR and Business Continuity Solution – Cloud Computing Awards.)
Dayton Children’s, Imelda, Carillon Clinic, are just a few of Qumulo’s healthcare customers that leverage these capabilities in order to ensure that their critical data has secondary copies replicated to the cloud. Hospitals can also manage retention requirements on patient imaging by moving images to cloud-based cold storage for archive and compliance.
Find Out More at HIMSS 2022
We’ll be talking about all these topics and specifically how hospitals can tackle petabyte-scale file data storage with ease at this year’s HIMSS conference. We’re excited to showcase how Qumulo can transform PACS workflows, help advance patient care, and more, with a radically simple enterprise file data platform. We’ll be taking over HPE Booth (#2731) on Wednesday, March 16, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, to share how HPE and Qumulo partner to help manage healthcare data.
Best of all, you can hear directly from one of Qumulo’s customers, Lexington Medical Center, about how they worked to streamline their medical imaging library including Acuo VNA, Agfa, and Epic Blob storage. Jason Cherry, Director of IS Technology Services at Lexington Medical Center (LMC), will speak with Qumulo and HPE and share the best practices and lessons learned from their deployment. In addition to significant cost savings, LMC gained strong data metrics, lower operating costs, and world-class customer support via Slack. Following the presentations, Jason will be available to answer any questions.
1. Qumulo’s Healthcare Data Storage Solution: Hospitals and biotech companies can rely on Qumulo to manage their research imaging, medical imaging and PACS
2. The Evaluator Group Reviews Qumulo’s Healthcare Data Storage Solution (part 1): Download the Technical Insights paper to explore how this solution meets the key challenges of information management in healthcare environments.
This Technical Insights paper examines the following areas:
- Performance requirements to improve healthcare
- Scaling to meet capacity demands and performance
- Balancing costs to scale on-premises and cloud
3. The Evaluator Group Reviews Qumulo’s Healthcare Data Storage Solution (part 2): Download the Technical Insights Paper to explore how this solution meets today’s Healthcare research requirements.
This Technical Insights paper examines:
- Healthcare research environment data and storage challenges
- Research requirements for high-performance, scalability and cloud
- How Qumulo’s hybrid file software fits into research environments