Manage the Rapid Growth of Medical Imaging Data With Qumulo

Since medical imaging shifted to digital media, diagnosticians can now request imaging from every angle with minimal cost impact. Similarly, 4-D mammograms are clinically superior to their older counterparts in every way, despite their expanded file size. The problem, however, is that all of that medical data must be securely stored for at least seven years or longer.

Qumulo’s file data platform provides a solution that healthcare organizations are increasingly relying on for many types of healthcare workflows, such as medical imaging, research imaging, research computing, medical records and video surveillance.

“Qumulo radically simplifies the way the healthcare organizations manage their unstructured data,” says Keith Nargi, Qumulo’s field chief technology officer. “Qumulo strives to make it simple and cost-effective for healthcare organizations to scale, secure, and achieve high performance in their complex unstructured data environments. We want to give them the power to simplify the complexity of their infrastructure, accelerate innovation, and unleash the power of their data, wherever it resides.”

“The Qumulo solution is both horizontally and vertically scaling,” adds Ted Letofsky, solution architect at Evolving Solutions. “That means I have the ability to seamlessly grow in terms of capacity and in terms of performance.”

Benefits of Single-tier Storage

While Qumulo’s file data platform serves many sectors of the healthcare industry, there’s a spotlight on managing and securing medical imaging, scaled in 2-D, 3-D and 4-D technology. Qumulo’s flash-first hybrid architecture and built-in machine learning intelligent caching technology optimizes performance for healthcare organizations. Viewing stations across the healthcare system can count on access to all imaging data with the speed of flash. Data is moved to more economical hard disk drives when it isn’t being actively accessed—all within a single tier.

In addition, Qumulo’s cloud-native software-defined architecture easily enables medical facilities to move patient image files from on-premises servers to cloud-based infrastructure.

Real-Time Data Analytics

“Our built-in analytics allow administrators and users of the system to have visibility into where their data growth is or what’s happening at any given time,” Nargi says. This gives users real-time insight into their file systems without file degradation or time-intensive file scans, enabling more accurate performance decisions. “Lowering costs, managing capacity growth and understanding performance trends is key to maintaining optimal service levels, especially in healthcare environments.”

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Letofsky agrees. “Qumulo’s file data platform is, from a technical point of view, one of the most apt to fit into a medical environment, because it isn’t merely a data repository,” he says. “Qumulo has reporting analytics about the data that goes in; Qumulo gives me the ability to protect the data in various ways; Qumulo gives me the ability to replicate that data.”

Qumulo’s File Data Platform Enables Simplicity

Most importantly, Qumulo makes it simple to move data. The data begins in a Qumulo cluster, which can replicate to other Qumulo cluster running on on-premises infrastructure and can also replicate to clusters in a public cloud environment. All data is secure and protected, as part of the Qumulo Secure set of data services.

Qumulo is designed to integrate seamlessly into the most rigorous compliance-driven and regulated environments. Built in data protection, local and remote snapshots, and replication ensure data is preserved and always available. “Evolving Solutions creates whole solutions,” Letofsky says. “Much of the complexity of creating those has been reduced by Qumulo.”

Partnering to Meet Client Needs

A partner like Qumulo is important to help provide solutions to Evolving Solutions’ medical clients. “We have a trusted advisor relationship with our clients,” Letofsky says. “They have confidence that as we look for and vet solutions—including Qumulo—we already understand what it is they’re trying to accomplish.”

Evolving Solutions aims to provide long-term solutions to its clients. Qumulo’s offerings align to this model because they offer a simple and flexible file data platform, which helps organizations easily predict capacity growth and scale effortlessly.

“In my experience, clients that adopt Qumulo for one workflow, often find other workflows that will benefit from Qumulo as well,” Letofsky says. “I can design and architect a solution that gets sold to address one problem and, if clients, after using it, become happy enough with it, enamored enough with it, they use it to solve other problems.”

“Qumulo and Evolving Solutions have partnered to bring an enterprise-level file data platform to meet unstructured data needs while providing real time visibility, scale and control of your data,” Nargi says.

From Qumulo’s point of view, Evolving Solutions and its affiliated company, Keyva, focus on modernizing and automating infrastructure, along with architectural design, which can take advantage of Qumulo’s REST API. Together, the companies can provide a complete, enterprise proven, file data platform, that enhances their key workflows.

“The partnership that we have with Evolving Solutions enables clients to understand that they are working with a company that is bringing the next generation of technology to them,” he says.

Evolving Solutions’ healthcare clients can utilize Qumulo solutions to address their data challenges, especially with unstructured medical imaging and research data currently exploding, driven in part by COVID-19 treatment and research efforts.

“Qumulo and Evolving Solutions together provide an infrastructure that improves overall patient workflow, research and innovation. We can help around medical imaging, research imaging, and many other healthcare workflows,” Nargi says. “If you are having challenges with your data growing rapidly, that’s where we really excel in helping organizations grow their business and reduce costs.”

Learn how implementing Qumulo with Evolving Solutions can help your organization manage unstructured data. Contact us today!

Michael Downs

Chief Technology Officer

Michael is the Chief Technology Officer at Evolving Solutions and joined the company in 2014. Connect with Michael on LinkedIn here.

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