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Many technologies going into 2016 have a common connection to the Internet and the cloud. Consumer electronics like the iPhone, or many smart TVs are becoming increasingly reliant on the cloud, which will continue to produce an ever-increasing amount of data. Cisco has projected that by 2019, up to 86 percent of work will be processed through cloud-based data centers.

In regards to the Internet of Everything (IoE), Cisco reports that the data created globally will reach 507.5 ZB annually by 2019, up from 134.5 ZB in 2014. Additionally, Cisco’s mobile networks are reporting that by 2018 there will be 8.2 billion handheld or personal devices and 2 billion machine-to-machine connections.

A prime example of this, medical applications are making patient records more readily available than they ever have been, and real-time information monitoring has helped companies implement video-based security systems and allows  healthcare professionals to remotely monitor the progress of their patients.

Understanding the scope of today’s cloud, storage, and data center ecosystem is critical whether you’re a large healthcare organization or a smaller hospital. Seeing where security ties into this is incredibly important, and here are five technologies to keep an eye on in 2016.

Incorporating security, encryption, and intelligence

Protecting your data and digital assets is imperative in the healthcare industry, so it’s important to consider how much visibility you have into your data layer. Are you able to map out dependencies and view who is accessing specific data points? DataGravity is offering a unique storage platform which offers a high richness of intelligence regardless of whether the data is in block or file form. This would allow you to correlate files with users, access locations, patient IDs, and more. The protection isn’t limited to the physical world, however. Data protection capabilities are available to ensure data in the datacenter is protected.

The age of convergence

Converged systems have direct benefits for healthcare environments and play a vital role within modern data centers. Converged systems help reduce a variety of workloads from traditional server architectures. Nutanix is a convergence platform making its way into more and more data centers. Regardless of the data type, converged systems are making a big difference for organizations, big and small. Nutanix utilizes the same principles and technologies that power large-scale cloud ecosystems, as well as other cloud providers like Google, Facebook, and Amazon.

Impacts around storage virtualization – and how SDS is helping

Healthcare organizations are doing everything possible to fully utilize existing storage assets. So, instead of throwing out an old server array, why no re-provision it? Atlantis USX for example, allows all storage and allows it to be managed at the virtual layer. From that point, Atlantis USX delivers virtually every enterprise-grade storage feature possible including dedup, caching, cloning, and file replication. The best part is that you will have better visibility and control over your data.

All-flash arrays will be making a big impact

Companies like EMC, Nimble, Pure Storage, and others are making huge investments into their hybrid flash and all-flash storage solutions. Flash storage arrays pose specific solutions for a variety of workloads. One thing to remember is that use-cases for flash arrays are growing, making I more economical to implement these systems. Using these all-flash arrays help to centralize data, for example, VDI workloads. On top of that, you may be reducing the footprint of your data center, further improving overall economics.

APIs and the Cloud

The Cloud has quickly become a cornerstone of the healthcare data center. Can your storage solution scale efficiently? How well can I integrate cloud solutions into my storage platform? To help put your concerns about compliance and security to bed, keep in mind that many major cloud providers are offering connection models that are compliance-ready. AWS Direct Connect allows you to establish a connection between your network and one of the AWS Direct Connect locations by using the industry standard 802.1q VLANs. This allows you to use the same connection to access both public and private resources such as those objects stored in Amazon S3 using public IP address space, and private resources such as those running within an Amazon Virtual Private Clou (VPC) using private IP space. With data residing in a variety of different places, APIs and enterprise cloud connectivity are on way to create the integration required to deliver the workload as efficiently as possible.

Nearly any Healthcare organization regardless of the size, are working hard to control their storage requirements, as well as the demands of their business. These solutions offer different ways to better optimize your healthcare data now, and well into the future.

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