Big Data opportunity for channel

CommVault discusses the impact of big data in healthcare

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Big Data opportunity for channel A chasm exists between backup and archive in ongoing big data conversations, says Savaiano.
By  Jay Savaiano Published  November 30, 2012

Jay Savaiano, director, Healthcare Business Development, CommVault discusses big data in the healthcare sector and what it means for the regional channel.

The explosion of ‘Big Data’ continues to ignite persistent challenges within the healthcare sector in the Middle East, as organisations grapple with how to best secure, protect, retain and ultimately delete content in compliance with evolving regulatory requirements.

The healthcare sector’s pain with big data starts with the sheer volume generated by a growing number of solutions being deployed in both clinical and operational environments. Solutions such as electronic medical records, expansive picture archiving and communication systems, operational applications in support of time tracking, finance, HR and messaging all compound the demands on healthcare IT to support complex big data areas.

IDC says the world generated more than one zettabyte (ZB), or one million petabytes, of data in 2010. By 2014, growth is predicted to reach 7 ZB a year, fuelled in part by the rapid rise of machine-generated data. Clearly, exponential data growth, diversity of data types and never-ending demands for optimised retention will create the perfect storm unless healthcare IT steers toward a more holistic approach.

IT solution providers that understand these challenges are best positioned to become valued advisors for healthcare firms.

Crossing Big Data’s Backup and Archive Chasm

For too many healthcare organisations, backup and archive functions are deployed and maintained as separate ‘silos’ within an overall data management strategy. Multiple, disparate hardware and software products typically manage these data silos, which leads to duplicate copies of information that must be protected and preserved.

Unfortunately, effective and efficient healthcare record keeping has been severely constrained by data silos, traditional approaches and legacy systems, which now make it nearly impossible to streamline the search of information for legal discovery and compliance audits, not to mention the inability to expedite responses to individual privacy access requests.

Compounding the problem is the fact that different groups are traditionally responsible for data protection and preservation.

A chasm exists between backup and archive in ongoing big data conversations. According to Gartner, backup complements archive and vice versa—yet backup administrators and information architects traditionally haven’t spoken the same language, and most tools and technologies address either one or the other.

Taking a united front

Thanks to advances in data management enterprise-wide data retention is now within reach of healthcare organisations. Today, it’s possible to unify the way data is processed for both backup and archive which presents a new opportunity for the channel.

To converge backup and archive, solution providers must understand how applications, users and critical business processes need to access data throughout its lifecycle. Solution providers need to work with this collective group to examine all the different policies and practices used to move, copy, catalogue and access data for backup, recovery, discovery, retention and disposition.

Solutions providers also need to implement a modern solution that consolidates data in a single content store leveraging a common software infrastructure for backup and archive that is hardware agnostic. A holistic approach that captures data once and then repurposes it for data protection and preservation provides invaluable benefits for multiple stakeholders within a healthcare firm.

In the world of big data, any opportunity to reduce the Tsunami-like flow of information is a step in the right direction. Solution providers can play a leading role in helping healthcare firms converge data management and retention by embracing a unified approach to backup and archive. In doing so, healthcare firms can meet compliance issues and improve accessibility to patient and clinical data while elevating overall protection.

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