Varian debuts oncology IT options at ASTRO
Article Thumbnail ImageOctober 31, 2012 -- Radiation therapy firm Varian Medical Systems is launching a new line of oncology IT deployment options, called FullScale, at this week's American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.

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FullScale enables users of Varian's Aria oncology information system and Eclipse treatment-planning software to choose from a variety of installation options based on their needs.

FullScale Appliance is designed for smaller clinics. Varian installs and manages a turnkey appliance that houses the Aria and Eclipse applications securely behind the customer's firewall.

For larger customers, Varian is offering FullScale Enterprise, a configuration in which Varian houses applications on virtual servers in the customer's local data center. Varian installs, upgrades, monitors, and manages the software and system to ensure enterprise-class performance.

Finally, Varian's FullScale Cloud offering makes use of virtual servers that are configured on physical servers at an offsite data center, with access permitted only for authorized users. The virtual servers can be moved without disruption from one physical server to another when more capacity is needed, the company said, making this the most optimized model for high availability, performance, and scalability in an offsite offering.

Varian believes that the different FullScale options will minimize the need for capital expenditures and simplify the process of upgrading or migrating software, while enabling greater efficiency for radiation treatment centers.