Compute-heavy Unitrends appliances allow on-the-box recovery

Unitrends has a new series of backup appliances with a greater emphasis on compute power and memory than storage capacity.

The Unitrends Recovery Series MAX launched today include Intel Xeon D-1541 processors, dual 1 Gb and 10 Gb Ethernet ports, 32 GB or 64 GB of memory, 128 GB solid-state storage cards, and 2 TB, 4 TB or 8 TB of usable disk capacity.

The extra compute and memory allow the three new Unitrends appliances to serve as backup targets for failover applications and data requiring rapid recovery.

The Unitrends appliances target customers who don’t have dedicated on-premises backup infrastructure. Joe Noonan, vice president of product management and marketing at Unitrends, said most of these organizations would use the cloud for backup.

“A lot of folks in that smaller capacity range don’t have the recovery infrastructure there. They don’t have a place to actually recover locally,” Noonan said. “So they’re now forced to look at the cloud as a disaster recovery site, and that’s a much more complex recovery.”

Unitrends claims its juiced up appliances enable organizations to run sandbox testing environments, while simultaneously running backup, deduplication, encryption and ransomware detection processes.

The Unitrends flagship backup target family, Recovery Series Gen 8, launched in July 2018 with 15 models ranging from 2 TB to 120 TB of usable capacity. Noonan said the three MAX editions do not replace their 2 TB, 4 TB and 8 TB counterparts in the Recovery Series, but provide alternative versions of Unitrends appliances that can do more than just backup and replication. He said the MAX appliances cost around 25% more than the Gen 8 targets with the same amount of capacity. According to Unitrends’ website, a Gen 8 appliance with 8 TB of capacity has an Enterprise license price of $10,999.

The MAX series appliances include considerably more memory and bandwidth than their Gen 8 counterparts. For instance, 2 TB and 4 TB Gen 8 models include 8 GB of memory compared to 32 GB for MAX appliances. A MAX appliance is available with 64 GB of memory for 8 TB of capacity, while Gen 8 models are not available with 64 GB of memory for less than 24 TB of capacity. Gen 8 10 Gb Ethernet connectivity is available only with appliances with 16 TB of capacity and higher.

Render of Unitrends Recovery Series MAX appliance
Unitrends MAX appliances come in 2, 4 and 8 TB models.

MSPs like local failover in Unitrends appliances

Noonan said the MAX appliances have uses for enterprises with remote offices, but the main driver for their development was demand from Unitrends’ MSP partners. These MSPs have a lot of small customers with no local recovery infrastructure, and the MAX series allows them to do local failover without involving the cloud.

PCA Technology Solutions CEO and President Ted Clouser said his MSP switched from Arcserve tape backup to Unitrends in early 2016. He said the MAX appliances can help small companies that don’t want to make a big initial investment in data protection hardware.

“When you look at small businesses, like a local nonprofit or a small construction company with 15 users, they don’t want to invest in redundant hardware or physical backup equipment to be able to put themselves back in business in a critical situation,” Clouser said. “Until that critical situation happens, then they’re willing to spend whatever.”

Ransomware and public breaches have helped people recognize the importance of being able to recover their data.
Ted ClouserPresident and CEO, PCA Technology Solutions

Clouser found some customers don’t even want to think about what downtime costs them. Most of them don’t realize that the downtime likely costs more than the price tag of a backup appliance.

However, Clouser said the attitude is shifting. More of his customers are becoming educated, thanks to high-profile news stories of ransomware attacks and data breaches. They’re starting to do the math and figure out if their businesses can stand being down for 24 hours.

“Ransomware and public breaches have helped people recognize the importance of being able to recover their data,” Clouser said. “As much as I hate to say it, all the bad things that hit the news helped raise awareness.”

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CareMount establishes post-acute care network for better communication

For years, a gap in communication existed between a physician-owned medical group in New York and local post-acute care settings.

CareMount Medical, an outpatient practice with a primary care base that offers hospital capabilities such as urgent care, found it difficult to keep tabs on Medicare patients after they were discharged and transitioned to a post-acute care setting. Once they left for post-acute care, CareMount primary care providers just waited for Medicare patients to show up at their regular doctor visits again, according to Richard Morel, deputy chief medical officer at CareMount, based in Mount Kisco, N.Y.

The lack of communication was something Morel and CareMount CIO Nicholas Korchinski set out to change in early 2018. They decided to establish a preferred provider network of skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). CareMount now contracts with 23 local SNFs, and Morel said creating a tight community and developing new metrics have already improved communication between CareMount and post-acute care settings. Korchinski is also working to enhance communication with care management technology. 

“We had to change some of the culture of the skilled nursing facilities that we were working with,” Morel said. “They certainly felt an obligation to try to make sure their patients had appropriate follow-up, but notifying the primary care provider, making sure they had the appointment [and] getting a timely discharge summary over [were] not part of their standard workflow.”

Post-acute care provider network enhances communication

CareMount Medical focused on better communication with post-acute care settings as part of its transition from a Medicare Shared Savings Program Track 1 Accountable Care Organization to a Next Generation ACO Model under the managed care subsidiary CareMount ACO in January 2018.

That communication, we believe, is going to lead to superior care.
Richard MorelDeputy chief medical officer, CareMount Medical

The Next Generation ACO Model is supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and focuses on Medicare patients — a vulnerable population that is often not well enough to go directly home after a hospitalization. The initiative was designed for healthcare organizations “experienced in coordinating care for populations of patients,” according to the CMS website.

CareMount ACO — now one of 51 Next Generation ACOs in the country — takes on higher financial risks and rewards than it did under the Shared Savings Program, which prompted it to better analyze its spending. If CareMount exceeds its projected Medicare spending in a given year, it will have to make up the difference.

CareMount’s analysis of spending from prior years showed that about 20% of CareMount’s contracted $325 million of Medicare money went to post-acute care settings, according to Morel. CareMount also discovered patients were discharged to more than 200 different SNFs that varied in quality of care, cost, length of stay and hospital readmission rates on the first day of discharge.  

The CareMount team decided to tackle the large amount of Medicare spending in post-acute care through the creation of a preferred provider network. CareMount selected the top 25 SNFs in the area for patient volume and formed preferred provider contracts with the 23 that wanted to participate. The SNFs in CareMount’s preferred provider network share the risk and reward for Next Generation ACO patients by being held to certain metrics, such as length of stay and readmission rates.

“If they hit those targets, they would have a return on some of that shared risk,” Morel said.

Contracting with the SNFs helped CareMount establish a better bridge of communication between the two care settings. The SNFs now alert CareMount when they receive a Next Generation ACO admission or when a patient is discharged. They also send a discharge summary to CareMount for a patient’s electronic health record, which can be useful for the primary care provider.

Richard Morel, deputy chief medical officer, CareMount MedicalRichard Morel

Once CareMount is notified of a patient discharge, the medical group’s care management team will call the patient within 48 hours to schedule a follow-up appointment with the primary care provider.

CareMount also employs a handful of discharge coordinators, who work out of CareMount Medical’s highest discharge facilities and are there to explain to patients how the preferred provider network works.

“That communication, we believe, is going to lead to superior care,” Morel said.

A care management platform

Today, most of the communication between CareMount and the SNFs happens by email or phone calls, and Korchinski is working to change that. The medical group is using an analytics and care management platform from Arcadia.io, as well as the Salesforce Health Cloud, to create a more transparent and instant communication network.

Nicholas Korchinski, CIO, CareMount Medical Nicholas Korchinski

“We have made a series of what I think are strategic purchases that provide us the opportunity to extend the knowledge and understanding that’s collected within the EHR and move it to the mobile platform of a discharge coordinator or a social worker in these other areas of care,” he said.  

CareMount uses the Arcadia platform as a data warehouse to bring together claims data from patient Medicare files, EHR data and care management data. Integrating all of this data together enables CareMount to monitor the performance of its 23 preferred provider partners.

“How they’re doing on length of stay, notification of admissions, readmissions — we monitor them on that,” Morel said. “We meet with them quarterly to go over their metrics, and they’re financially accountable for some of those metrics.”

The Arcadia platform also monitors post-discharge phone calls and patient follow-up appointments.

CareMount plans to use both the Salesforce and Arcadia platforms to connect to the preferred SNFs and continuously monitor Next Generation ACO patients moving between the two systems, Korchinski said.

Rather than an email, SNFs will then be able to send a notification to CareMount’s care management team electronically upon patient admission, directly adding the patient to a care manager’s worklist. The care manager would then keep tabs on the patient, paying attention to the length of stay and patient care. Upon discharge, the patient’s status would automatically change, and the care manager would move the patient into a new workflow.

“We believe that we have an opportunity of truly managing the patient through the cycle by driving workflow-based best practices that allow the care manager to ensure that they’re moving to the right next step in the process,” Korchinski said.

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    For sale is my Mac Pro 2008.

    The machine is in very good condition. A few small scuffs on the case but no dents or damage.

    2x 2.8GHz Quad core (8 processors)
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    Can include an additional 640GB Hard Drive if the price is right.

    Power lead included.

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