At Clearpath, we work with a number of community hospitals. Like all verticals, healthcare has its own set of unique elements and challenges - the most important of which is related to system downtime. It’s not a revelation that downtime costs money; that is well-documented. However, in a hospital setting, downtime has the potential to impact patient health and well-being. Imagine the impact of downtime when trying to register a new patient in the ER, when pulling up an MRI in a patient room, or requesting medication from the on-site pharmacy. All of these tasks depend on reliable backend IT systems. Although system downtime is a component of any IT environment, it is especially important for hospitals to invest in business continuity strategies that will minimize the amount of planned and unplanned downtime wherever possible.
The modern datacenter is undergoing an unprecedented transformation in the way IT is managed and delivered. Fueled by rapidly evolving business and operational considerations, today's IT executives and administrators are under an increasing amount of pressure to respond to a new set of requirements. Research from Forester shows that the average organization is 50% virtualized and that it will increase by 75% in the next 2 years. Taking it a step further, continued advancements in virtualization are driving companies to adopt a virtual first strategy for most new initiatives. This fundamental transformation and growing requirements has brought a unique set of challenges for backup and recovery in today’s datacenter: