St. Augustine Clinics Select PoINT Storage Manager

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A Tiered Storage Architecture Solution for Medical Records Saves Time and Money

Euroson America

"We decided on the Storage Manager software solution from PoINT Software & Systems because it provides a holistic approach that meets all of our requirements."

Euroson America, Inc., the established North American Distribution Partner for PoINT Software & Systems GmbH announces the St. Augustine clinics adaptation of PoINT Storage Manager.

The St. Augustine clinics are among the most successful companies in the health and social services in the Lower Rhine, Germany. For IT solutions they rely on the FAS storage solutions with appropriate NetApp Metro Cluster configurations. The ever-increasing volume of data led to the requirement for transparent migration of large volumes of inactive data (50 TB) from these high-performance systems to SATA RAID based NetApp FAS systems.

The St. Augustine clinics selected the “Tiered Storage” architecture of PoINT Storage Manager. As a result the company can use its primary data storage more efficiently by migration of inactive data from high cost NetApp storage to the archive tier. All data remains permanently accessible through the NetApp ONTAP operating system. For additional security the migrated data is also replicated onto an existing Quantum i500 LTO tape library. The tape library was previously used for backup purposes and was of sufficient size to allow it to be used additionally for archiving. Overall, the St. Augustine clinics realized significant cost and time savings mainly by the reduced volume of primary storage.

The head of system integration, Christoph Sulik was responsible for the task of introducing a solution that satisfies the above requirements by implementing a tiered storage architecture. "We evaluated the products of different manufacturers and decided on the Storage Manager software solution from PoINT Software & Systems because it provides a holistic approach that meets all of our requirements and is also recommended by NetApp" Sulik explains that the integrated support in PoINT Storage Manager of both NetApp systems and the Quantum i500 LTO tape library was a criterion for the choice of the PoINT product.

Another significant feature is the "pass-through" functionality of the PoINT software which is not available from any of the evaluated competitors. In daily use (ie medical findings) often only certain portions of the data (ie treatment and examination data) are required from a saved file. This makes up only a small subset of the total database. If a file has been archived it is not necessary to restore this file to the primary storage when these cases are requested. PoINT Storage Manager implements a "pass-through" approach which eliminates this problem by providing the required blocks directly to the application without restoring the file to primary storage. Thus, the applications work much more efficiently and primary storage is not burdened unnecessarily.

The need for high reliability was obtained by installing PoINT Storage Manager in a Windows Server cluster environment. Installation and start of operation testing was completed in a day. Customer-specific additional requirements that arose in the test phase were implemented promptly PoINT. "Not only the product features of PoINT, but also the excellent support and the willingness to provide project-specific extensions for our requirements have confirmed our choice.” summarizes Sulik.

With the introduction of tiered storage architecture using PoINT Storage Manager, the hospitals can reduce their storage costs. The NetApp Metro Cluster systems can now be used much more efficiently, and by incorporating the existing tape library compliance requirements can also be met.

PoINT Storage Manager is available in the US from Euroson America, Inc. located in New York. For more information, visit or call 800-423-1122.

About St. Augustine Clinics
The St. Augustine clinics are among the most successful companies in the health and social services in the Lower Rhine, Germany. The company focuses on the areas of somatic, psychiatric, elderly and disabled. The Group of companies include 18 facilities: Hospitals, clinics, psychiatric hospitals, residential and employment services for people with disabilities as well as residential and nursing homes for seniors. Today, nearly 4,200 employees supply about 47,000 people annually and outpatient almost 90,000 people.

About PoINT
PoINT Software & Systems GmbH is specialized in the development of software products and systems solutions for storage and management of data using all available mass storage technologies like hard disks, magnetic tapes and optical media. Close collaboration with leading hardware manufacturers enables an early support of innovative storage technologies. Besides these complete solutions PoINT also offers its know-how as Toolkits, which can be easily integrated in other applications by the programming interface. Furthermore PoINT projects entire storage solutions and provides consultancy with his long-term and versatile experience. PoINT products are distributed by 50 partners in more than 25 countries world-wide and have been installed successfully in more than 2 million installations. PoINT customers range from end users expecting a compact and secure solution to large corporations, which comply with our solutions their complex demands by providing the necessary reliability and perfection.

About Euroson America, Inc.
Euroson America, Inc. is a leading storage management solutions provider featuring software and systems that support the direct connection of Optical and Tape Library systems, automated Disc Publishing Systems as well as hosted data storage. With an extensive Electronic Content Management (ECM) partner network. Euroson and our channel partners offer complete system integration, support, and post-deployment training to ensure success. Founded in 1989 the company is located in Brentwood, NY and sells products and solutions throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, please call 800-423-1122 or visit

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