Excellent backup and recovery capacities constitute essential features in a hospital information systems (HIS) network. The Atlanta-based HIS provider, HBOC, covers nearly 2800 hospitals all over the country with high standard applications systems software. The company has now selected the 3466 Network Storage Manager (NSM), as developed by IBM, to monitor the complex backup and recovery activities within the entire, integrated health care network of HBOC customers.
The 3466 NSM is composed of a Distributed Storage Manager (ADSM) and a combined package of hard- and software technologies, suitable to supply backup and recovery support for enormous volumes of data. The ADSM, referred to as ADSTAR, can operate in a seperate way, independently from the Network Storage Manager as a whole, to offer a practical, automated software management solution for on-line backup and recovery for individual health care facilities, related as client to HBOC.
At the corporate headquarters in Atlanta, the 3466 NSM has recently been installed to serve the 2800 HBOC customers, but each of them is given the liberty to choose the ADSM package as an alternative backup system, and detached from the network architecture. In the initial phase, backup and recovery activities will be exclusively performed at the main HBOC facility in Atlanta. Later on, the company's regional data centres all over the world and the networked hospitals will equally be integrated in the service.
The 3466 NSM system is able to maintain a sufficiently fast and consistent speed during backup and recovery operations, to the overall satisfaction of the HBOC staff. The collaboration between HBOC and IBM will be stretched out way into the next millennium, in order to provide a strategic, long-term solution to the storage challenges of all the connected health care facilities.