Three 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 unused space remaining on the drives. The IT department discovered that they could be used for other applications. 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.
"Having automated disk-based backup on the Pivot3 array is a lot more convenient for me than having to change tapes," Wilson says.
Muskogee then took advantage of Pivot3's Serverless Computing feature to host Windows servers right on the storage array. This eliminates the expense of purchasing, installing, powering and cooling an additional piece of hardware. In addition, the servers have the same redundant reliability as the data stored on the array. Wilson started with a medical imaging application to test how it worked and now plans on adding more virtual servers to the array.
"Setting up and configuring a server on the CloudBank was a lot easier than I expected," she says. "We installed the virtual server, shared some storage and had it up and running in two hours."
Based on the initial success, she plans on adding an additional 12 TB CloudBank appliance and migrating more servers to that platform.