With most storage units, Herron would set up arrays that span the drives on a single unit, but with Pivot3, the redundancy is created across all the drives and appliances. There is also the aggregate throughput of all the appliances, allowing the potential for more information to be written simultaneously.
Plenty of space
Three CloudBank appliances were initially installed at the hospital to provide five weeks of storage of video surveillance feeds from the cameras but that left plenty of space remaining on the drives unutilized. To begin with, the hospital used 3TB of disk space for server backup, initially using the NTBackup command in Windows Server for basic user file data and then CA ARCServe Backup for the open files that require agents such as SQL Server and Exchange. The automated disk-based backup on the Pivot3 array is more convenient for the IT staff than having to change tapes.
Muskogee Community Hospital then took advantage of serverless computing features to host Windows and Linux servers right on the storage array. This eliminates the expense of purchasing, installing, powering and cooling additional pieces of hardware. In addition, the servers have the same redundant reliability as the data stored on the array. Muskogee tested this with the medical imaging application and after experiencing the benefits, now plans on adding more virtual servers to the array with the assistance of the experienced team at Digi Surveillance Systems.
Lee Caswell is the founder and chief marketing officer of Pivot3 in Palo Alto, Calif.