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on an as-needed basis and the provider bearing the capex and obsolescence risk on the storage platform.

Rob Carter is director of managed services and cloud solutions, Windstream. For more on Windstream:

SAN and NAS can be purchased as a managed service and can be an ideal solution for organizations that require massively scalable, high-per- formance storage solutions. But cloud storage is an increas- ingly good option, as well. In

the information technology industry, the adoption of cloud computing is booming as a whole and adoption rates are increasing.

Many healthcare organizations have been reluctant to move entire workloads to cloud environments; however, cloud storage provides an attractive entryway into cloud computing. The cloud is more secure than one might think, and privacy and security concerns can be addressed with encryption. The cloud is a viable option for healthcare institutions and should be considered as such when you weigh your storage options.

One of the biggest benefi ts of cloud storage is the scal- ability – data storage capacity expands in real time to accom- modate the amount of data stored and, as a result, an organiza- tion only pays for the storage that it uses. Data stored in the

cloud is also easily accessible, as Web-based interfaces allow users to upload or retrieve data from any device connected to the Internet. The cloud also saves an organization from the upfront expenses on equipment and ongoing maintenance associated with other storage options.

Cloud storage can also be tied into other cloud services, such as a complete disaster-recovery solution, whether man- aged by the service provider or the customer. Cloud comput- ing offerings include public, private and hybrid cloud options. While a public cloud consists of a shared infrastructure, a resource pool with bursting ability and co-mingled data stor- age, a private cloud features an on-premise infrastructure with fi xed resources and fully dedicated data. In a time of digital transition, storing the infl ux of data is a challenge for many healthcare institutions. Outsourcing data storage can take a lot of the burden away from the IT administrator, and effective management of stored data can reap major benefi ts for a healthcare organization – from cost savings to ensured security – increasing the effectiveness of the medical professionals who work there. If an organization fi nds that it will soon outgrow its data storage needs, it is worthwhile to look into working with a qualifi ed, reliable third-party vendor to fi nd the proper stor- age solution.


I need to make sure I’m properly staffed for patient demand. A

Yes. B

Full-time. Part-time. Overtime. Float pool. Staffing Agencies. Now I’m getting sick.

Aligning labor to patient needs is a delicate balance. Too little, and patient care suffers. Too much, and your budgets feel the pain. At Kronos, we understand your workforce management issues and what it takes to address them. Which is why all our solutions deliver complete automation, high-quality information, and are easy to own. Because after thousands of installations in organizations of all sizes — including over 9,000 healthcare facilities — we’re proving workforce management doesn’t have to be so hard.

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