The Right Data Storage Prescription: Bringing Cloud Benefits On-Premises

Manage, protect, and retain patient records, scans, and images, with a limitlessly scalable, secure, compliant and cost-effective storage solution

The Healthcare Digital Data Explosion

The usage and importance of digital data are growing rapidly in healthcare, enabling advances such as improved diagnoses, new drug discoveries, and genetic disease treatment. However, healthcare data typically comes from various sources spread across different systems — from patient medical records in EMR and EHR systems to large amounts of unstructured content such as PET scans, MRIs, CT scans, and X-rays in PAC systems — hindering the ability to bring all this data together for analysis and maximize its collective value. As a result, there’s a need for a scalable storage system that can connect to these various systems in a cost-effective manner that also complies with HIPAA standards regarding the storage of personal medical information.

Cloudian Solution

Cloudian’s HyperStore exabyte-scale, software-defined storage platform provides a cost-effective, on-premises solution for healthcare environments. Designed to meet the need for large, secure, highly resilient and flexible storage infrastructure at a low cost, HyperStore allows healthcare organizations to seamlessly store, move and protect files across locations — all at up to 70% less cost than traditional disk-based storage systems.

Healthcare Data Workflow: Capture, Manage, Archive

Solution Benefits

Cloud-like: Flexibility to grow as you need
Cloudian HyperStore gives you the flexibility and elasticity of the cloud within your data center. Deployments can start small and grow as needed. Healthcare organizations can deploy HyperStore in a small 3-node configuration and scale out to thousands of nodes as needed. These nodes can be physical or virtual, running on off-the-shelf commodity hardware. In addition, unlike some systems that require all nodes to be identical, HyperStore lets you add nodes of any size, providing scalability across multiple data centers or medical facilities anywhere in the world.

Breaking Silos — Healthcare ecosystem connectivity
Healthcare IT deals with multiple platforms employing proprietary data formats, which results in information silos. Records are locked in isolated archives, making interoperability and information sharing a challenge. Cloudian Hyperstore integrates with a host of healthcare application vendors as well as vendor-neutral archive solutions to be seamlessly used as a central storage repository. The solution allows healthcare IT to consolidate storage, viewing, and management of all content and medical images, assuring that clinical staff enjoys real-time access to a more complete view of the patient from anywhere and at any time.

Security — HIPAA-compliant
Safeguarding of sensitive patient information and medical records is not only good practice but also required by stringent HIPAA regulations. Cloudian HyperStore provides extensive security features that make it possible to deploy and operate cost-effective storage that adheres to HIPAA standards. These features include:

  • Data encryption and transparent key management
  • AES-256 server-side encryption for data stored at rest
  • SSL for data in transit (HTTPS)
  • Fine-grained storage policies at an object and bucket-level
  • Role-based access controls with specified levels of access
  • Audit trail logging
  • WORM (Write Once Read Multiple) for storage of immutable data

Analytics — Rich metadata
Cloudian HyperStore has rich metadata tagging features built in, unlike NAS, which has very limited metadata, or SAN, which has none. The breaking of silos, along with metadata tagging, allows data scientists to search, analyze and discover new patterns in healthcare data which was not previously possible. The application of machine learning and analytics can then be used for pattern detection, drug and disease research and even diagnosing health conditions.

Data Protection—Resiliency across distributed locations
Cloudian HyperStore provides data durability of up to 14 nines of data durability. Healthcare IT can protect and distribute data using replication or erasure coding. Administrators can configure the number of replicas or type of erasure code scheme required to meet SLA and cost objectives. Storage policies also provide fine grain control of data placement across data centers, taking into consideration factors such as cost efficiency, security levels, and proximity.

Cloud Economics — Up to 70% less cost than conventional storage
Running on off-the-shelf commodity hardware, Cloudian drives down the cost of on-prem, disk-based storage to ½¢/GB/month or less, including support.


  • Cloud-like: Start small and grow without disruption
  • Breaking Silos: Consolidated health records for simplified access and data management
  • Security: Access controls, audit logs, encryption for data at rest and in motion
  • Compliance: HIPAA compliant
  • Analytics: Metadata-based search and analytics capabilities
  • Data Protection: Exceptional data durability for long-term data protection
  • Cloud Economics: Less than ½ ¢/GB/month

Ten Reasons to Choose Cloudian HyperStore for Healthcare Workloads

Are you struggling to manage the ever-growing volumes of patient health records, scans, MRIs, x-rays, and other data? Are you looking for better ways to leverage all this data for research and analysis?

Learn how Cloudian HyperStore can help you solve these challenges and open up new opportunities.


Health Data Management Guide

Chapters include:

  • Health Data Management: Benefits, Challenges and Storage
  • Medical Records Retention: Understanding the Problem
  • Vendor Neutral Archive: From Silos to Unified Medical Image Data