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Advancements in Data Storage Accelerating Medical Data Capture and Analysis


Healthcare SMBs rely on data to conduct research, treat patients quickly and effectively, make informed decisions, and much more. Adopting the right storage solution is key to ensuring business growth and longevity.

In the rapidly evolving world of medicine, data is essential to conducting research, executing clinical trials, streamlining collaboration between healthcare professionals, treating patients effectively, and making more informed decisions—and that’s just the beginning.

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By 2013, healthcare organizations had generated 153 exabytes of data. Due to a rising number of patients, intelligent devices, personal devices, and applications, the total volume of medical data is expected to swell to 2,314 exabytes by 2020. If this information were stored on individual tablet computers, that stack would grow from nearly 5,500 miles high to a staggering 82,000 miles high, more than one-third of the way to the moon.

Medical images and electronic health records (EHRs) make up a majority of this data deluge, and as 3D models, simulations, and videos become more advanced, this rich media will challenge small and midsize businesses (SMBs) to reevaluate their storage management capabilities.


Rising data volumes are a game changer for organizations of all sizes. Healthcare SMBs are rapidly seeking effective storage technologies to accelerate data capture and analysis without overwhelming their limited budgets. Those struggling with space constraints, limited IT knowledge, and legacy technologies need right-sized IT solutions that will enable them to quickly process and enact on business-critical information, while leveraging maximum performance and delivering increasingly patient-centric care.

To achieve optimal productivity and reduce total cost of ownership, healthcare business owners are seeking new and effective ways to optimize data and IT management. Affordable, entry-level storage technologies are key to creating a simple, secure, and reliable architecture. These platforms extend the capacity of servers, dedicated file storage, and flexible shared storage arrays, enabling users to derive actionable insight from data in real-time with analytical tools that accelerate decision-making and enhance patient care.

Cutting-edge storage management capabilities are equipping SMBs with a simple and easy-to-use IT infrastructure. And with software-defined technologies integrated into existing hardware environments, supporting rising data workloads has never been easier.


Today’s healthcare organizations need an infrastructure that leverages IT automation, easy IT management, and increased productivity in order to evolve and compete. HPE MSA Shared Storage is one solution that is revolutionizing the way SMBs operate. With dynamic built-in tiering, flash storage capacity, and advanced security features, the HPE MSA 2050 promises to deliver 2X the data processing capabilities than the previous MSA generation to improve operational efficiencies and performance at a low cost. These technologies are not only easy to install, but will also allow small and home offices to benefit from simple maintenance and innovation.

In addition to enhanced processing power of HPE MSA Shared Storage, many businesses are deploying Nimble Storage technologies to prevent issues that slow data execution, anticipate most problems, and resolve remaining issues in a manner of minutes, which are critical to protecting patients and perpetuating scientific research. With the acquisition of Nimble, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has strengthened its leadership in Hybrid IT, creating a leading-edge storage portfolio that integrates Nimble’s predictive flash offerings with scalable and affordable solutions from HPE. Leveraging all-flash storage and cloud-ready predictive analytics, healthcare organizations are safeguarding valuable medical data while maintaining 99.999% availability across the IT environment. Coupled with HPE SimpliVity—a hyperconverged IT infrastructure and data management solution that leverages cloud agility with enterprise-grade performance—users can leverage always-on deduplication and native backup and recovery to power virtualized workloads.

High-performance storage technologies are working to accelerate data management, streamline business processes, and help SMBs operate with confidence. To learn more about software-defined storage solutions and how healthcare organizations are transforming their IT architectures, I invite you to follow us on Twitter at @HPE_SMB.

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George Hope is Vice President, Worldwide Small and Medium Business. He brings to HPE over 20 years of technology experience, joining HPE as part of the SimpliVity acquisition, where he was VP, Global Channels. He was named one of the 50 most influential channel chiefs by CRN in 2015 and 2016. Prior to SimpliVity, George spent 17 years at EMC. He was Sr. Director of Global Channels for EMC’s Isilon Division, where he tripled the partner business in 3 years. George also led the US Field Channel team for all product lines from EMC, and has held other Sales, Sales Strategy and Channel Management positions. George holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.