VMware: Managing the Healthcare Cloud
A Cloud Standards Consumer Council paper titled, “Impact of Cloud Computing on Health Care” states, “There is substantial growth in demand for health care services because of aging populations, the increasing prevalence of chronic diseases and comorbidities. Concurrently, there are cost pressures stemming from the need to do more and higher quality work with fewer and more costly resources and also reduced revenue.” Cloud providers, both internal and public, must be abstracted from a user perspective. Deploying and managing the cost and operations across providers becomes the primary concern for enterprise health care IT.
It all starts with deployment of resources
Health care is unique in our method of deploying and consuming applications. While many health care organizations are developing applications, nearly all applications deployed by health care IT are commercial, off the shelf (COTS) products. This often leads to the mistaken belief that automation is not necessary in health care. When deploying a new health care application, especially when it is an Electronic Medical Records (EMR) major version, much of the deployment time is spent creating the environment, including compute, storage, and networking.
Efficiencies in application deployments are not limited to internal private cloud. Leveraging the Advanced Programming Interfaces (APIs) provided by public cloud providers, vRealize Automation can deploy across multiple public and private clouds. Test and development environments may be provisioned in public cloud resources for short term projects, while longer term production workloads may be deployed within the private datacenter, spanning multiple public and private clouds, all with a single request for resources.
Cost as a user metric
Read the entire article here, Managing the Healthcare Cloud – VMware for Healthcare IT
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