Austin Radiological Association deploys Nasuni Cloud network attached storage for radiological images

Austin Radiological Association (ARA) has deployed Nasuni´s cloud network attached storage provider services to provide access to millions of radiological images, the company said.

Founded in 1954, ARA has stored digital images since 2001 and offered image storage services to other practices for the past 12 years.

With its traditional storage array 97 percent full and no end in sight to accelerating data growth, ARA´s CIO, R. Todd Thomas, looked to the cloud for a solution. Most appealing to him was the prospect of eliminating image migrations, the last 150 TB migration took 10 months to complete, and he did not relish the thought of migrating more than half a petabyte.

After investigating a number of options, Thomas and his team decided on Nasuni, which leverages high-performance dedicated appliances coupled with Nasuni´s patented UniFS file system for the cloud to provide global access to data with local performance and unlimited scalability.

Nasuni provided ARA with a simple bill for usable storage, which includes an unlimited number of snapshots of the entire file share at no additional charge. ARA knows annually what its storage spend will be, and it is a much lower cost per usable TB than it received traditional array vendors, especially once the cost of providing traditional data protection is included.

What´s more, in ARA´s tests, Nasuni´s performance exceeded that of the incumbent. When images were stored in the cache, Nasuni performed 21 percent faster than the incumbent transferring the first image and was still significantly faster delivering a complete study.

Nasuni is an enterprise storage company that provides distributed organizations with a powerful Cloud NAS system. By combining on-premises hardware and software with cloud storage, Nasuni delivers a secure data storage solution that provides high performance for users, simplified and centralized management for IT, and an easily scalable, complete storage service for the global enterprise. Nasuni is privately held and based in Natick, Mass.

Since 1954, Austin Radiological Association (ARA) has been a leader in imaging services in Austin and Central Texas, providing CT (CAT Scans), MRI, Digital Mammography (mammograms), MBI, X-ray, Ultrasound (Sonography), PET/CT, SPECT/CT, Nuclear Imaging and Bone Densitometry.