With the ever-increasing demand for health data and the need to store it, a Silicon Valley-based cloud services vendor is offering a free petabyte of data storage to healthcare companies.

SurMD, the healthcare business unit of SurDoc Corp., made the announcement last week as part of its “Petabyte Challenge” which is intended for “companies doing business in the healthcare sector to come up with innovative ideas on how to use this petabyte to promote business opportunity.”

For some perspective, a petabyte is a thousand terabytes or to put it another way the Library of Congress has 26 million books (roughly equivalent to 10 terabytes of data). So, a petabyte can hold 100 Libraries of Congress. But, why would healthcare companies need that incredible volume of data storage capacity? Two words: Big Data.

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“We believe with the progress of technology and growing amounts of ‘big data’, the petabyte era is not too far-off,” said Yvonne Li, Co-Founder of SurMD, in a written statement. “Currently, only giant entities are able to hold petabytes of data. We want to offer the same capability to healthcare businesses that may have a growing need for efficient data storage and backup.”

SurMD is hoping to create new opportunities in health data archival, disaster recovery, big data management, and similar solutions. According to the vendor, its petabyte storage is fully HIPAA-compliant, scalable, and offers hacker-proof security.

Healthcare companies can apply for SurMD’s petabyte program here. “If your business is healthcare related and/or has many existing customers in the healthcare vertical, you may qualify for this program,” states SurMD.

However, in addition to healthcare companies, SurMD will also accept applications from other entities “engaged in big data that can come up with ways to convert data into valuable information.”

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