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GE Healthcare Offers Rorke Blu-ray ADA System

Rorke Data announced that GE Healthcare’s Accessories Group will resell the company’s Galaxy Advanced Disc for Archive (ADA) DICOM appliance, which employs writable Blu-ray Disc (BD) technology.

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GE Healthcare to Offer Rorke Data Galaxy ADA DICOM Archive Solution Featuring Panasonic Advanced Disc for Archive Technology in the US and Canada

Low-cost Rorke Data Galaxy ADA DICOM Archive Appliance Delivers Long-life Storage Solution for Hospitals, Clinics and Imaging Centers; to be Unveiled at RSNA at GE Healthcare Booth #3335

RSNA 2011
Booth #3335
Booth #8936

CHICAGO–RSNA 2011 – McCormick Center – Rorke Data, an Avnet Company (NYSE: AVT), today announced that GE Healthcare’s Accessories Group has selected the Rorke Data Galaxy ADA DICOM appliance to provide a low-cost archive solution for hospitals, clinics and imaging facilities. The Galaxy archive solution from Rorke Data is a network attached storage (NAS) system that combines fault-tolerant RAID technology with Panasonic’s Advanced Disc for Archive™ (ADA) drive and encased Blu-ray Disc™ media to deliver long-life, high-capacity removable storage for HIPAA compliant file archiving. The solution will be unveiled at GE Healthcare’s exhibition booth #3335 during RSNA, Nov. 27–Dec. 2, 2011, in Chicago.

Magneto Optical (MO) drives are no longer being manufactured, and we needed to find an alternative removable media storage solution for our customers,” said Rob Schaefer, accessories global product manager at GE Healthcare. “Rorke Data’s ADA-based archive appliance reflects an innovation in storage management for the healthcare industry. For customers currently using MO technology, this appliance offers an easy transition to a new solution. The Galaxy integrates the benefits of both hard disks and removable Blu-ray media, delivering a cost-effective archival solution.”

The features of Rorke Data’s Galaxy ADA DICOM appliance include:

• Hot swappable 1 TB mirrored hard drives for redundancy
• Network attached DICOM-compliant storage appliance compatible with multiple modalities and viewing workstations
• Web-based user interface for easy installation and remote access
• Automatic archiving to ADA media from high-performance hard drive cache
• Panasonic 50 GB archive-grade optical media, based upon the Blu-ray Disc industry standard
• Projected ADA media archive life of more than 50 years

“Current users of the discontinued magneto-optical discs will find that ADA media provides a tremendous increase in disc capacity at lower per gigabyte cost through the use of the widely supported Blu-ray Disc format,” said Robin Sweeten, group manager, strategic marketing, Panasonic Industrial Company. “Imaging department staff are already familiar with cartridge-based optical media, and we are pleased to bring this greatly enhanced archival storage solution to GE Healthcare customers via the Rorke Data Galaxy solution.”

“The Galaxy ADA DICOM appliance is a robust yet cost-effective archive solution that allows any size healthcare provider to protect and manage patient image data. The system is simple to use and operate, and installs in less than one hour, requiring little or no IT resources, depending on the facility,” said Joe Swanson, group executive vice president, general manager sales and marketing at Rorke Data. “We are proud to partner with GE Healthcare in the effort to bring low-cost, high-quality storage solutions to the expanding medical diagnostic imaging market.”

The Rorke Galaxy ADA DICOM appliance and Panasonic Advanced ADA Media are available through GE Healthcare Accessories and Supplies. To view the complete solution during RSNA, visit GE Healthcare at booth #3335, South Building Hall A or visit the Avnet/Rorke Data booth #8936, North Building Hall B. For more information on this product and Panasonic ADA media, please contact the GE call center at 1-800-558-5102 or email For more information on how Avnet helps suppliers like Rorke Data and value added reseller partners accelerate their businesses in high growth vertical markets, visit Avnet Technology Solutions.

Advanced Disc for Archive™ is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation.

Blu-ray Disc™ is a trademark of the Blu-ray Disc Association.

About GE Healthcare
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services that are shaping a new age of patient care. Our broad expertise in medical imaging and informational technologies, medical diagnostics, patient monitoring systems, drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies, performance improvement and performance solutions services help our customers to deliver better care to more people around the world at a lower cost. In addition, we partner with healthcare leaders, striving to leverage the global policy change necessary to implement a successful shift to sustainable healthcare systems.

Our “healthymagination” vision for the future invites the world to join us on our journey as we continuously develop innovations focused on reducing costs, increasing access and improving quality and efficiency around the world. Headquartered in the United Kingdom, GE Healthcare is a $16 billion unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE). Worldwide, GE Healthcare employs more than 46,000 people committed to serving healthcare professionals and their patients in more than 100 countries. For more information about GE Healthcare, visit our website at

About Panasonic Industrial Company
Based in Secaucus, NJ, Panasonic Industrial Company is the industrial components and electronic devices division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation (NYSE: PC) and the hub of Panasonic’s U.S. branding, marketing, sales, service and R&D operations. Information about Panasonic Industrial Company and its products is available at

Panasonic Industrial provides key components that power the home appliances, consumer electronics, computers, communications, commercial and healthcare products used by millions of people each day.

About Galaxy
Galaxy is a registered trademark of Rorke Data, an Avnet, Inc. company (NYSE: AVT). The Galaxy family of products provides customers with the most cost-effective, scalable and easy to use purpose-built RAID and NAS storage solutions available.

Galaxy RAID and NAS solutions are manufactured at our ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 13485-2003 certified integration facilities. All Galaxy solutions undergo a rigorous test and approval process performed by trained technical teams. This process ensures that products arrive at the customer pre-formatted and ready to install, with a broad range of services including interoperability testing, pre-sale engineering consultation, complete system integration, and post-sales support. More than 10,000 Galaxy storage devices have been successfully installed in rich content media applications ranging from video post production and film to healthcare imaging and digital surveillance. Galaxy RAID is an FDA registered device.

About Rorke Data
Rorke Data is an ISO 9001:2000 and 13485:2003 certified data storage-centric, end-to-end solutions provider with expertise in primary and tiered storage architecture, integrating RAID, NAS, SAN, tape, and optical libraries with software and support. Rorke Data leverages certified expertise in Linux, Windows and Mac platforms delivering high bandwidth storage and network solutions for fixed content and rich media application environments and can provide custom integration outsourcing capabilities. Founded in 1985, Rorke Data is an Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) company, composed of five divisions: Healthcare & Life Sciences, Media & Entertainment, Digital Surveillance, Digital Prepress & Publishing, and Professional Services & Engineering. More information about Rorke Data can be found at

About Avnet Technology Solutions
As a global IT solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions collaborates with its customers and suppliers to create and deliver services, software and hardware solutions that address the business needs of their end-user customers locally and around the world. For fiscal year 2011, the group served customers in more than 70 countries and generated US $11.5 billion in annual revenue. Avnet Technology Solutions ( is an operating group of Avnet, Inc.

About Avnet
Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT), a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology serving customers in more than 70 countries worldwide. Avnet accelerates its partners’ success by connecting the world’s leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers by providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended July 2, 2011, Avnet generated revenue of $26.5 billion. For more information, visit