Zero hardware failures and five nines of uptime after several millions of imaging exams and after several hundred terabytes of storage – it is a nice proof statement for the ingenuous architecture of BrickStore™ storage, developed and implemented by ScImage, at the PicomOnline (www.picomonline.com) Cloud PACS and healthcare image interoperability portal. Massive scalability, cost-effective storage, low power consumption and low maintenance are the salient characteristics of BrickStore™.
Understanding the life of imaging objects acquired during medical imaging procedures is the key to the design of a storage system to provide the most efficient image life cycle management (ILM). A typical image object gets written to the storage system once, followed by several reads during the first couple of weeks and then gets accessed occasionally. Effectively it can be characterized as a small number of mostly reading transactions of large files. Issues such as single point of failure cannot be simply solved by purchasing expensive generic RAID units. And contorted multi-tier storage systems with black box middleware simply make things complicated without solving the real problem. Too many moving parts result in too many places to break. BrickStore™ understands image lifecycle management of medical image objects better than most generic commercial storage systems. It provides ForeverOnline™ functionality by maintaining an array of individual storage systems. Individual storage units go into a standby state when not in use to prolong the life of spinning drives and to reduce power consumption. And when needed, it pushes the read-write rates to very close to the raw drive speed.
ScImage is proud to have developed this unique technology to better serve our customers ranging from big hospital networks to small physician practices. We are excited about new growth opportunities in this new category – CloudPACS for anyone from anywhere.