High-class storage management

Cabell Huntington Hospital and Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering offer storage excellence.

Cabell Huntington Hospital

Archiving for HIPAA.

To better meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requirements, the IT staff at this Huntington, W.Va., hospital implemented a new archiving system for medical images.

Led by Jason Hill, radiology systems analyst, and CIO Sanjay Shah, the project team installed an optical library - the Plasmon UDO Archive Appliance - connecting to its EMC Clariion CX600 storage-area network. Using GE Healthcare's Centricity picture archiving and communications system, Cabell Huntington can ensure that images can be kept for a minimum of 21 years. The project cost $2.3 million and in the first eight months of implementation has had an ROI of $800,000, the company reports.

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Improving data storage with iSCSI.

For this Needham, Mass., school, iSCSI storage is proving its worth. CIO Joanne Kossuth says she chose iSCSI because it fits in with the IP-only nature of Olin's network and it is less expensive to implement than Fibre Channel. In the spring, she installed an EqualLogic PS Series iSCSI array for $100,000 and consolidated her storage onto the 7.5TB array.

". . . it has been important for us to look hard at in-house skill sets as well as the technology architecture and to factor these indirect costs into our decision-making processes."

- Joanne Kossuth, CIO, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

By doing so, she reduced the cost of adding or replacing servers by 45% and the cost of backup systems by 50%. As part of Olin's disaster-recovery plan, she'll partner with neighboring Babson College, which also bought an EqualLogic array. As the project continues, Kossuth is busy migrating more data from many of the college's 50 remaining servers to the EqualLogic array.

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