NetApp and INHS/Engage: Protecting Critical Patient Data Across America Using Innovative Cloud

INHS Engage


Engage, the technology division of nonprofit Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), realized its tape-based backup services were taking significant time and cost to create, manage, transport, and store.  In order to continue provide its customers with the most cost-effective data protection possible, Engage began looking for a more efficient solution.


Teaming with NetApp, Engage created a secure backup solution with seamless integration to the cloud. Not only did the pilot offer a fast, simple, and cost-effective backup in Engage’s MEDITECH environment, it laid the groundwork for a new off-site back-up-to-cloud service for hospitals and clinics facing similar backup-to-tape challenges. 



“With NetApp, we can help our customers direct more time and money into patient care—and that is what our business is all about,” said Sean Harnett, an assistant director of Network Services at INHS/Engage.


Today, NetApp® AltaVault cloud-integrated storage supports cloud-enabled backup and recovery services that are easy to integrate, simple to manage, and highly secure. AltaVault also helps Engage offer those services for a fraction of what traditional PBBAs or tape-based backups cost. As a result, hospitals and clinics can save from tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on their size. Paired with even new data center deployments (such as a cutting-edge NetApp FAS8000 series storage system running the NetApp clustered Data ONTAP® operating system within Engage’s hosting environment), Engage makes it easier than ever for a growing roster of customers to confidently begin their journey to the cloud.