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Hospital Network Supports Demanding Surveillance and Medical Imaging requirements

Pivot 3 : 14 July, 2010  (Application Story)
The Muskogee Community Hospital has taken a serverless computing environment from Pivot3 to meet the demanding network requirements of the building including data protection, video surveillance networking and the sharing of medical image files
Pivot3 has announced that the Muskogee Community Hospital deployed Pivot3 Serverless Computing as the compute and storage platform for multiple systems within the newly constructed healthcare facility. Initially purchased to store video from security cameras, the hospital now uses the energy-efficient Pivot3 platform to backup its Exchange and file servers, and as a host for a clinical imaging system. As a result, the hospital is able to reduce power and cooling costs by up to 40 percent over alternatives that require unique physical servers.

Muskogee Community Hospital was constructed using the principles of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. LEED guidelines promote design and construction practices that protect the environment.

"Muskogee Community Hospital's commitment to limiting environmental output propelled us to leverage technologies for multiple uses to lower costs, reduce energy consumption and increase efficiency," said Owetha Wilson, IT Administrator, Muskogee Community Hospital. "The Pivot3 CloudBank storage array is allocated for video surveillance and IT system storage. Not only does the array substantially reduce our carbon footprint, but the cost of ownership is much lower as the Pivot3 array manages several functions."

In-line with the hospital's desire to minimize power usage, Joshua Herron, president of Digi Surveillance System, Muskogee's integration firm, selected Pivot3 CloudBank appliances, which combine virtual servers and shared storage in easy-to-use, scale-out appliances. Each CloudBank appliance offers 12-24 terabytes of high availability storage and a virtual server. Up to 12 Cloudbanks can be joined in a single scale-out array, so the pooled storage can be shared among the 12 virtual servers. Furthermore, Muskogee Community Hospital achieves high reliability for both storage and server functions through appliance failover protection, which automatically protects data and restarts applications in the event of an appliance failure.

"With most storage units, arrays span the drives on a single unit, but with Pivot3, redundancy is created across all drives and appliances," Herron said. "You also get the aggregate throughput of all the appliances, so there is the potential for more information to be written simultaneously."

Muskogee's video surveillance system uses a mix of digital and analog cameras, including Avigilon high-definition cameras with remote PTZ controls. Three Pivot3 CloudBank appliances were initially installed at the hospital to provide five weeks of storage of video surveillance feeds from the cameras. Since the CloudBank appliances are extremely flexible and scalable, the IT department discovered that the appliances could be allocated for IT system use. The hospital used three terabytes of disk space for server backup, while an additional three terabytes are used for image storage for a colon imaging application.

"Whether used for storing medical images or for video surveillance, Pivot3 solves power and management concerns that face every IT manager," said Lee Caswell, founder and chief marketing officer, Pivot3. "The Pivot3 system is turning heads as IT managers see that our innovation hardened in the surveillance market can be applied the meet the management and cost goals of the back-office."
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