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The right storage solution can put Healthcare customers on the cutting-edge while growing your business

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With recent advancements in medical imaging, more stringent protection regulations, and increased demand for centralized access to patient records, it’s safe to say that today’s healthcare providers are under extreme pressure to collect, protect, and provide immediate access to medical data. 

Data touches nearly everything in the healthcare industry, including health records, medical imaging, analytical data, and more. And while the information provided can serve as a tremendous resource for heath institutions, it’s near impossible for any one individual to sit down and analyze all is information. 

How best to leverage all the many benefits of healthcare data

Solution providers can help their customers make the correct collection and interpretation of medical data which, in doing so, can lead to many immediate benefits:

Modernized IT | Healthcare data can enable more effective digital transformation for healthcare providers, one that is built around the efficiency needed for innovation to happen. 

Connected workforce | Connected workforce data provides the necessary insight to enable clinical and business staff to work anywhere, at any time, both reliably and with ease. 

Virtual health | From remote patient care to tele-ICUs and AI-assisted workflows, access to virtual health data has provided the opportunity for healthcare organizations to rethink their clinical delivery protocols and workflows.

Personalized health | Leveraging data pools to extract actionable insights can help make life changing personalized medical care decisions for patients and populations. 

Secure care | Having proper data security requirements across the multi-cloud ecosystem — from point of care to core to cloud – allows healthcare providers to both meet compliance standards while simultaneously optimizing performance.

With its patient first, data-anywhere focus, Dell Technologies is reimagining patient care delivery – where secure, modern health IT solutions help today’s solution providers enable their customers with a more connected workforce capable of providing personalized care to patients wherever they might be. And this is achieved via solutions such as Dell Technologies PowerScale.

Dell Technologies PowerScale for Healthcare

PowerScale enables your customers to drive medical and AI initiatives forward with the utmost confidence in that it is delivering reliable, cost-effective, and perhaps most-importantly, performance-driving storage at any scale. Additionally, multi-cloud connectivity affords the convenience of leveraging both on-prem and off-prem solutions.

Taking a closer look, PowerScale enables consolidation of medical imaging onto a single storage cluster. This includes radiology picture archiving and communication systems (PACS), cardiology PACS, and Vendor Neutral Archives, as well as modern digital pathology systems. 

PowerScale SmartPools features automated tiering, which enables intelligent placement of data on cost-effective storage. Additionally, with its OneFS operating system, PowerScale is super simple to manage. That’s because OneFS creates a single shared pool of storage, which eliminates multiple volumes or silos. In terms of security around clinical and research data, OneFS features data at rest encryption as well as self-encrypting drives and replication, too. 

Here are some examples of how PowerScale can be applied to modern healthcare applications:

Medical Imaging | PowerScale powered by OneFS enables edge to core to cloud performance to drive better healthcare performance. When it comes to medical imaging, PowerScale allows healthcare professionals to easily access images anytime / anywhere, achieve massive performance at any scale, consolidate healthcare data to help eliminate silos, and protect patient health information privacy.

In-Patient Remote Monitoring | Artisight’s In-Patient Remote Monitoring solutions— on a network powered by the NVIDIA Clara™ Guardian application framework and NVIDIA AI Computing Platform with Dell PowerEdge Servers and Dell EMC PowerScale for long term storage — protect patients and staff while lowering costs. Artificial intelligence, intelligent sensors, and storage hardware provide a reliable patient monitoring platform that provides ROI starting on day one.

Operating Room Efficiency | Artisight’s Operating Room Efficiency solution — built on an integrated foundation of technologies, including the NVIDIA Clara™ Guardian application framework and NVIDIA AI Computing Platform with Dell PowerEdge Servers and Dell EMC PowerScale for long term storage — helps improve operating room productivity using intelligent sensors and AI algorithms. Additionally, communication and prediction are improved to further enable operating room optimization in multiple dimensions, including time, instrument utilization, staffing and documentation. 

Learn more about how Dell’s PowerScale storage product can help enable hospitals to be on the cutting-edge of Heath IT.

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How the Dell EMC PowerScale portfolio has redefined NAS for the Unstructured Data Era

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In a recent IDC research report, Meeting the New Unstructured Storage Requirements for Digitally Transforming Enterprises, IDC surveyed over 400 enterprise IT decision makers to help in identifying the top drivers and challenges in managing unstructured data. Based on the feedback from the survey respondents, the primary trend in file-based storage that has emerged is the need for flexibility. By this they are referring to the ability to readily support the constant mix of enterprise file-based workloads. This is especially the case for modern workloads such as AI/ML/DL. This does not preclude the ongoing need in traditional use cases like file consolidation and archives. Key requirements of flexibility noted in the report include mixed media support, nondisruptive scalability, ease of public cloud integration, multiple access methods and an availability of different deployment models.

To address this ever-increasing demand for flexibility, Dell Technologies has incorporated new innovations for Dell EMC PowerScale. These innovations make it the world’s most flexible scale-out NAS solution. The new enhancements provide more flexible consumption, management, protection, and security capabilities that eliminate data silos to help your customers more effectively use unstructured data to innovate with confidence.

Enhancements to the PowerScale portfolio that enable your customers to support any data workload, manage it easily and keep it cyber resilient, include:

New PowerScale hybrid (H700 and H7000) and archive nodes (A300 and A3000) deliver up to 75% more performance than comparable hybrid nodes and up to 2x more performance than comparable archive nodes.

New PowerScale OneFS and DataIQ software enhancements expand storage management, performance monitoring, auditing, and compliance capabilities to simplify file storage at scale.

Enhancements to Dell’s API-integrated ransomware protection capabilities keep data protected from cyberattacks and now offer cloud deployment options in addition to on-premises.

Dynamic NAS Protection, available with PowerProtect Data Manager, delivers a simple, modern way to protect NAS systems through enhanced backup for file data enabling up to 3X faster backups4 and up to 2x faster restores.

With the new PowerScale hybrid (H700 and H7000) and archive nodes (A300 and A3000), Dell has completed the refresh of its Isilon product line that started last year with the release of the PowerScale all-flash F200 and F600 nodes and continued with the announcement of the PowerScale F900 all-flash nodes. These new, more powerful hybrid and archive nodes offer your customers more cores, memory and cache, additional networking options, and deliver complete node compatibility with customers’ existing PowerScale and Isilon clusters. For example, the A300 and A3000 archive nodes support active and deep archive workloads with faster CPU than the previous generation. Inline data reduction, now available across the entire PowerScale portfolio, provides additional opportunities to deliver up to 2.2x increase in storage efficiency.

Find out more about how you can get your customers ready for any file-based data workload with Dell EMC PowerScale here

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Establishing a cyber resiliency strategy to better protect business-critical unstructured data

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Cyberattacks are on the rise – it’s estimated that one takes place every 11 seconds. Not only can this hamper business process, but it can also be quite costly, too – according to Accenture, the average cost of a cyberattack is approximately $13M.

Establishing a cyber resiliency strategy 

Cyber Resiliency refers to the capacity for an organization to protect, detect, respond to, and recover from a cyber-attack with minimal impact. An effective cyber resiliency strategy involves using all the best practices involved in protecting data: right level of access controls, immutable copies of data, anti-virus, and anti-malware.

Every company in every industry has a need for a cyber resiliency strategy. A major part of that strategy is determining which business processes are most important; specifically, which data sets, data types, applications, databases, and foundational technologies should be protected. 

Help your customers identify what data needs the most protection

A gap-analysis helps to explain to customers why specific steps are required to mitigate critical risks for the organization.

1. What assets do I have? (HW & SW & content classification)

2. Where are my assets? 

3. Who has access to these assets?

4. Why is this access required?

5. When & how is it accessed?

6. Is there a known vulnerability risk?

7. Am I bound to compliancy regulations (GDPR, PCI, SOX, HIPAA, …)? 

8. What’s the governance model? 

There are two major types of storage solutions — unstructured data and structured data. Unstructured data refers to anything that’s not in a structured database. This covers everything from email, images and documents to videos, social media and application-related data like logs. Structured data, meanwhile, refers to the use of a standardized format to collect and organize data. 

While the two data types differ, a single cyber protection strategy can serve both. In fact, for management purposes, it behooves an organization to have a single strategy in place. 

Here, though, it is worth noting that finding a solution for managing unstructured data has been a challenge. Next-gen apps capable of handling fast growing unstructured data require extreme performance from cutting-edge solutions like all-flash storage. This, in turn, increases budget pressure for organizations to commit new capital and OPEX that these powerful systems require.

For this post, we are going to primarily focus on protecting unstructured data against cyberattacks.

PowerScale is a solution from Dell Technologies that enables organizations of different sizes to manage their unstructured data in a flexible manner. At its core, PowerScale consists of a scale-out file system. This means that the solution can scale when the organization needs to handle more data. 

Along with this flexibility PowerScale also comes with a list of protection, detection, auto-respond, and recovery features to protect your customer’s valuable file data. In fact, there is even an AI component that helps recognize patterns of attack. 

A closer look at PowerScale

Superna Eyeglass Ransomware Defender for Dell EMC PowerScale and ECS systems further boosts the cyber resiliency of unstructured data by providing customers with comprehensive capabilities to protect data, detect attack events in real-time, and recover from cyber-attacks.

In addition to these capabilities, Ransomware Defender also serves as last resort protection, providing a copy of the data in a cyber vault that is isolated from the production environment. After the initial replication of data to the cyber vault, an air-gap is maintained between the production environment and the vault copy. Any additional incremental replication is performed intermittently by closing the airgap after ensuring there are no known events that indicate a security breach on the production site.

The key is responsiveness

The earlier a team can detect an attack the better they can respond and recover from it. Ransomware Defender can provide your customers with the ability to configure event triggers based on patterns of data access that are indicative of a cyberattack, including: 

Detecting for mass deletion of data

Mass encryption of data

Unauthorized network access 

A marked deviation of user behavior from historical data access pattern 

And more 

All of these events can be captured with alerts and used for root cause analysis of security breaches. Additionally, automated tasks can be setup respond to events indicating a high probability of a cyberattack like terminating replication to cyber vault or denying access to certain users as well as taking additional snapshots of the vault copy of the data can be setup to. 

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If you want to get more details about Dell’s capabilities to protect your customer’s data against cybercrime, feel free to plan a meeting with an unstructured data solution specialist. 

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Unstructured data is growing at a breakneck pace. To complicate matters in this regard, some market research suggests that 80% of this data growth is projected to be unstructured data. This explosive growth in file size, data volume and workflows is already demanding that enterprises invest in scalable infrastructure solutions.

Today’s most demanding unstructured workloads from IoT, AI, ML, DL and GPU, are just too massive for most storage systems to handle. All too often there is inconsistent performance due to lack of flexibility, unpredictable costs and low availability at key times from the public cloud.

To address this growing need in June 2020, Dell EMC launched a new storage family called PowerScale. PowerScale was purposefully designed to help your customers solve their most critical data challenges. At this same time this marked an important transformation of Isilon’s OneFS, as for the first time it was able to extend from the core datacenter to edge and cloud locations. PowerScale’s OneFS software, which has been seen as the gold standard in managing unstructured data storage, was decoupled from its dependency on hardware, thus allowing customers the flexibility and choice to deploy in the cloud.

Simply put, today PowerScale brings structure to unstructured data from edge, to core, to cloud, and can scale in terms of capacity and performance. It handles diverse and unpredictable workloads running in diverse locations. And it makes it easy to find and analyze data. 

A lot of great things about the PowerScale storage family just got even better

In order to address the increase in adoption of all-flash by numerous customers, Dell Technologies has updated the PowerScale OneFS operating system. The new release, PowerScale OneFS 9.2, which still powers up PowerScale F200 and F600 nodes, will now also provide the firepower for the newly introduced PowerScale all-NVMe F900 node. This newest addition to the family is the fastest-ever flagship model in the line-up.

The F900 features multi-processors, all-NVMe flash and NVIDIA GPUDirect compatibility to handle your customers’ most data intensive workloads. With this release you get more power and scale through blazing fast all-NVMe, support for GPU accelerated applications and the ability to easily scale up to 93 PB. Simply put, the F900 is designed to be the workhorse of modern, high performance data lakes.

PowerScale delivers the goods for customer enterprises

End user customers realize immediate business benefits when adopting PowerScale.

Simplicity at any Scale: With a scale-out architecture, customers provision capacity and performance as needed, with no overprovisioning storage or fork-lift upgrades. They manage their data, not their storage. Eliminate islands of storage with support of a data lake that can scale to PBs of capacity.

Any Data, Anywhere: Enterprise class unstructured data services with simultaneous multi-protocol support – with introduction of S3 access to our data platform you can handle even more with a mix of File, Object and Hadoop data access. Run at new locations including the edge and, in the cloud, or in multi-cloud environments.

Intelligent Insights: Customers get insights about their infrastructure and their data with CloudIQ and DataIQ. CloudIQ makes it easy to determine the health of systems across their data center. DataIQ makes it easy for anyone to find and understand data within file and object stores. Native HDFS support with leading analytics vendors.

PowerScale’s latest release is a boon to your business

The latest release of PowerScale builds on the legacy of Isilon’s success and many industry accolades won by UDS products over 2020. These include Garter’s Magic Quadrant leader for five years in a row, IDC’s #1 storage vendor by revenue, and an Emmy Award for HSM systems.

The all-NVMe F900 release puts you in a great position to compete when you compare any of the performance claims made by other file vendors. This puts you in a clear position to win. 

Learn more about how the new PowerScale all-NVMe F900 can expand your storage practice by visiting here 

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