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Solving the Storage Conundrum

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Digital pathology offers incredible advantages when compared to traditional microscopy. However, one of the consequences of the increasing adoption of digitization is that the amount of data grows exponentially as more and more slides become digitized. The need for scalable, reliable, and secure infrastructure is imperative to combat this data influx. With the right IT infrastructure in place, institutions can make accessing, analyzing, and archiving these images simple and easy to manage. 

Dell PowerScale is a leading scale-out (network attached storage) NAS platform. Based on years of successful deployments in medical image management, PowerScale is relied upon by pathology departments and their IT teams in healthcare and life sciences organizations. Pathologists generate near a petabyte of data annually in a fully digitized department, and PowerScale’s architecture, which includes the Dell PowerScale OneFS operating system, ensures the required levels of performance, scalability, reliability, and security are always achieved. Pathologists can eliminate storage silos, consolidate all unstructured data, store petabytes of file data and analyse it. 

The Storage Conundrum 

Storage infrastructure is an essential part of a digital pathology deployment. PowerScale, when incorporated into the solution design, ensures slide images are efficiently stored, protected and always available while remaining easy to manage at any scale. 

“Although our digital pathology image capacity grows by leaps and bounds, we no longer worry about running out of space on PowerScale,” says Nikolas Stathonikos, Principal Investigator, AI Development and Implementation at UMC Utrecht. “Now that we have a scalable, flexible infrastructure, we no longer need daily or weekly conversations with IT about our storage requests. PowerScale allows us to focus on patient care and gives us peace of mind.” 

The Power of the Many

Dell Technologies’ Chairman and CEO Michael Dell has stated that “By 2030, we believe we’ll be able to transform the lives of a billion people. And healthcare is one of the most important areas where technology can have an enormous impact.” 

Dell Technologies values the ability to be a strategic partner and help customers around the globe deliver better patient care. Pathologists trust PowerScale to securely store patient data and to make it available when needed.

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