How software-defined storage brought Maimonides Medical Center to the forefront of Healthcare IT

The flexibility of DataCore’s software has enabled Maimonides, a Brooklyn NY-based and leading independent teaching hospital, to meet the dynamic range of performance, availability and capacity growth demands needed to stay ahead of compliance regulations and their ever-changing applications and system requirements.

As a result of DataCore’s software-defined storage platform, we have seen significant savings in hardware and personnel costs, while increasing the performance of applications,” said Gabriel Sandu, CTO at Maimonides Medical Center. “DataCore’s SANsymphony-V allows us to manage all these discrete systems from different vendors seamlessly and without compatibility issues, which gives us tremendous negotiating power to drive down costs.

Safeguard Data and Eliminate Downtime

“At Maimonides we don’t have the luxury of downtime… that’s why we use DataCore, we are able to maintain our uptime at 100%.”  states Walter Fahey, the Chief Information Officer at Maimonides.

The hospital uses DataCore to split storage between two data centers using stretched metro-clusters and DataCore’s built-in metro-wide mirroring, enabling them to provide responsive applications and uninterrupted patient care during routine maintenance, equipment failures and facility upheaval. For example, when the hospital experienced a major power outage in one data center, the doctors, staff and patients had continuous access to their vital data from the virtualized storage pool at the redundant site. Once power was restored, the systems returned automatically to normal operations. If outages occur, IT systems don’t go down with the affected site and continue providing non-stop business operations.

Store Optimally – Centrally manage data and reclaim unused capacity

More than 800 physicians rely on Maimonides information systems to care for patients. Before working with DataCore, the organization had a number of disparate systems not working in conjunction with each other. This ad-hoc approach decreased efficiencies and intelligence around what departments were in need of storage resources.

With all storage now managed through DataCore software, the medical center can fully leverage existing storage assets, reduce costs, and track storage consumption, as well as more efficiently budget for the future by easily identifying usage patterns. Maimonides also now utilizes previously unused storage throughout the hospital because resources are pooled and easily optimized.

Accelerate Access: Increase Application Performance

DataCore’s self-tuning caching capabilities also allow Maimonides to super-charge application performance,” said Rogee Fe de Leon, head of the storage group at Maimonides Medical Center.

DataCore uses RAM to self-tune cache data, which eliminates bottlenecks by markedly increasing the performance of latency-sensitive applications. Maimonides has seen increased performance of its primary business-critical applications under the central control of DataCore’s SANsymphony-V, which include:

  • GE’s imaging system (PACS)
  • Numerous Oracle databases for human resources
  • Microsoft SQL servers for clinical programs
  • Primary databases for neonatal, geriatric, pediatric and research
  • Microsoft Exchange and IBM DB2 databases that support medical records

Learn More about how other healthcare institutions have utilized DataCore, or check out our healthcare data storage solutions.

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