Novant Health is a not-for-profit integrated system of 13 hospitals and a medical group consisting of 1,124 physicians in 355 clinic locations as well as numerous outpatient surgery centers, medical plazas, rehabilitation programs, diagnostic imaging centers, and community health outreach programs. Novant’s 25,000 employees and physician partners care for patients and communities in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia.
As a healthcare provider, Novant Health maintains a high volume of data and images that it needs to securely store. The organization has used Oracle’s StorageTek tape storage solutions since 2001. In 2007, Novant replaced its Siemens Picture Archiving Communication (PACS) system with a McKesson PACS system, and realized it was also time to upgrade its storage architecture to manage more than 80 terabytes of data and store a duplicate. Novant wanted to continue to use a tape architecture to contain costs, and Oracle’s Sun and StorageTek solution presented a viable, high performance, and affordable option.
Novant Health implemented two Sun Storage Archive Manager environments in separate datacenters, 26 miles apart. The organization first converted its PACS system to the new architecture and then started to evaluate other applications to put on the system, including two cardiology imaging applications. Sun Storage Archive Manager—in conjunction with StorageTek T10000 tape drives, StorageTek SL8500 modular library system, and two SPARC T3-4 servers—running Oracle Solaris provided the flexibility to store applications that Novant needed to access frequently. Today, the solution stores 910 million files with combined storage of 776 terabytes (TB).
“The price per gigabyte for Oracle’s Sun Storage Archive Manager with tape is so affordable that it is really a no-brainer. We enabled a lot of our internal customers to migrate from spinning expensive disk storage to tape at no additional cost. It was a cost-driven decision, but once we had it in house, we realized its true power. It’s a great long-term archive solution,” said Robert Dick, datacenter and archiving resources lead, IT Technical Services, Novant Health.
Novant Health first implemented Oracle’s StorageTek solutions in 2001, and then deployed Sun Storage Archive Manager and Oracle disk arrays in 2007. The organization upgraded its hardware, transitioning to a single SPARC T3-4 server at each datacenter. It also migrated its StorageTek T10000A tape drives to StorageTek T10000B systems to double its capacity. Novant worked with Oracle Advanced Customer Support Services on the upgrades.