Iron Mountain Fine-Tunes Cloud Storage for Medical Records

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-03-01

As data storage gets more sophisticated, with intelligent tiering, automatic deduplication and other eminently useful features, some vendors are beginning to fine-tune their storage products for use in specific vertical markets such as health care and finance.

For example, Iron Mountain on March 1 revealed a newly upgraded version of its cloud storage service specifically for medical records. The company made the announcement at the HIMSS Healthcare IT Conference and Exhibition in Boston.

IM's Digital Record Center for Medical Images is designed to back up and archive digital medical information, which often includes large, bulky X-ray files.

Due to the important and sensitive nature of medical data, another level of redundancy is built into the package.

IM claims that this specialized version of its service provides higher levels of flexibility, increased scalability, and better access and security than its standard cloud storage because it adds an optional on-site storage component to work with the existing cloud service.

The company also said health care organizations can configure the service to meet access and disaster recovery requirements.

Digital Record Center for Medical Images offers these new capabilities, as listed by Iron Mountain:

New Service Options
-three service plans for meeting organizations' unique needs for protection and redundancy: Mirrored Cloud, storing two copies of each medical image offsite; Hybrid Cloud, storing one copy onsite and one offsite; and Hybrid Cloud2, storing a single copy onsite and two copies offsite.

Data Shuttle Service
-allows organizations to move large volumes of data to Iron Mountain's data center faster than they could over the Internet.

Optional Onsite Storage
-In addition to cloud storage, a copy of archived data can also be stored onsite, enabling local access to archives while providing a second copy for disaster-recovery purposes.

Digital Record Center for Medical Images is available now. For more information, go here.  

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