IBM Drives Storage Innovation with Healthcare, Cosmology Projects
Survey: Majority of IT decision makers seeks new storage approaches; Need a new class of storage around solid-state drives
ARMONK, N.Y. – 8 Sept 2011: IBM (NYSE: IBM) today detailed innovative projects and research that show new storage approaches to support Big Data growth and drive business innovation. Additionally, IBM released survey findings pointing to the need for new classes of storage.
Healthcare, financial services, media and entertainment, and scientific research among many industries face the challenge of storing and managing the proliferation of data to extract critical business value. As storage needs rise dramatically, storage budgets lag, requiring new innovation and approaches around storing Big Data, cloud data, virtualized data and more.
Today IBM is announcing new industry-specific storage projects, based on IBM storage expertise:
· Watson-inspired Storage Takes on the Cosmos: IBM is working on a project with the Institute for Computational Cosmology (ICC) at Durham University in the U.K. and Business Partner OCF to build a storage system to better store and manipulate Big Data for its cosmology research on galaxies. ICC is adopting the same IBM General Parallel File System technology used in the IBM Watson system to store and manage more than one petabyte of data from two significant projects on galaxy formation and the fate of gas outside of galaxies. The enhanced storage system will enable up to 50 researchers, working collaboratively to access and review data simultaneously. It will also help ICC learn to manage data better, storing only essential data and storing it in the right place.
· New Storage Platform Delivers More Personalized, Visual Healthcare: A medical archiving solution from IBM Business Partners Avnet Technology Solutions and TeraMedica, Inc. powered by IBM systems, storage and software is being launched today to give patients and caregivers instant access to critical medical data at the point-of-care. Developed in collaboration with IBM, the medical information management offering can manage up to 10 million medical images, helping health care practitioners provide better patient care with greater efficiency and at jureduced costs. The integrated platform allows users to manage and view clinical images originating from different treatments and providers to bring secure, consistent image management and distribution at point-of-care.
· Virtualization Consolidates Storage Footprint for Medical Center: Kaweah Delta Health Care District (KDHCD), a general medical and surgical hospital in Visalia, Calif., needed to reduce its operational costs while increasing storage space. To meet these demands, KDHCD tapped IBM's storage systems to create a new storage platform that reallocates resources and saves a significant amount of data space with thin-provisioning technology. Virtualization creates a smaller hardware footprint so the hospital also saved on power and cooling costs. KDHCD now has a consolidated storage environment that provides the scalability, ease-of-management, and security to support critical healthcare data management for the hospital.