Load Balancing Merative (IBM Watson Health) Imaging Solutions – iConnect Enterprise Access, iConnect Archive and Merge PACS
About Merative Enterprise Imaging Solutions
Merative, formerly IBM Watson Health and Merge Healthcare, became a new standalone company as part of Francisco Partners in 2022.
A data, analytics and technology partner for the health industry, including providers, payers, life sciences companies and governments. With trusted technology and human expertise, Merative works with clients to drive real progress. Merative helps clients orient information and insights around the people they serve to improve decision making and performance.
Merative’s Enterprise Imaging solutions include,
IBM iConnect® Access (by Merative). A zero-download, diagnostic quality image and XDS viewer for referring physicians.
IBM iConnect® Enterprise Archive (by Merative). A vendor neutral archive (VNA) to create an enterprise imaging strategy.
Merge PACS. An AI-ready workflow platform that simplifies physicians’ reading activities and empowers IT leaders with advanced control of the flow of studies throughout the enterprise.
Key benefits of load balancing
For high availability and scalability, Merative recommend that multiple iConnect Enterprise Access, iConnect Archive & Merge PACS servers are deployed in a load balanced Cluster. Loadbalancer.org offerings have been fully tested with these key solutions. In an industry where uptime saves lives, our extensive experience means we can design unbreakable solutions to enterprise imaging’s unique challenges. Learn how to load balance Merative Enterprise Imaging servers for a solution that is:
- highly available
Load Balancing iConnect Enterprise Archive and/or Merge PACS
For high availability, Merative recommend that a load balancer is used to enable administrators to rapidly failover to the secondary iConnect Enterprise Cluster / MergePACS Cluster should the Primary Cluster become unavailable.
The following table shows the ports used by iConnect Enterprise Access, iConnect Archive & MergePACS. The load balancer must be configured to listen on the same ports.
|12200||TCP||VNA||DICOM Work List|
|12300 & 12301||TCP||VNA||VNA Admin|
|80,8080,443,8443||TCP||PACS||HTTP & HTTPS|
iConnect Enterprise Archive & MergePACS
When iConnect Enterprise Archive and/or MergePACS, are deployed with a load balancer, clients connect to the Virtual Services (VIPs) on the load balancer rather than connecting directly to one of the iConnect Enterprise Archive clusters. These connections are then forwarded to the primary cluster. Should the Primary Cluster become unavailable, the administrator must manually trigger a failover to the Secondary Cluster using the ‘Halt’ feature in the appliance (load balancer) Web User Interface (WebUI).
iConnect Enterprise Archive
Note: To provide load balancing and HA for iConnect Enterprise Archive & MergePACS, 2 VIPs are required as depicted in the diagrams above, 1 multiport VIP for iConnect Enterprise Archive and 1 multiport VIP for MergePACS. Conversely when MergePACS is deployed in standalone configuration, only a single VIP (VIP1) is required (not shown in diagram).
Load Balancing iConnect Enterprise Access
For high availability and scalability, IBM Watson Health recommend that multiple iConnect Access Servers are deployed in a load balanced cluster.
Load Balanced Ports
The following table shows the ports/services that are load balanced:
|80 & 443||TCP||HTTP & HTTPS|
iConnect Enterprise Access
When iConnect Access is deployed with the load balancer, clients connect to the Virtual Services (VIPs) on the load balancer rather than connecting directly to one of the iConnect Access Servers. These connections are then load balanced across the iConnect Access Servers to distribute the load according to the load balancing algorithm selected.
Having partnered with top-tier healthcare vendors, Loadbalancer.org brings expert consultancy and support to all of our deployments. Our extensive experience in Enterprise Imaging means that we understand the challenges you face, and are ready to meet them with tried-and-tested solutions.