Healthcare IT Virtualization
Server, application and desktop virtualisation expertise to optimise space, cost,
energy and performance whilst minimising administration for
hospitals, clinics and surgeries.
Healthcare IT Virtualization Trends
IT virtualisation in now gaining ground in healthcare environments as the recognition of its' considerable benefits is increasing.
Centriq also offer a virtualisation assessment service, see attached for more details Healthcare IT Virtualisation Assessment[0.3MB]
Key Virtualization benefits:
- Reduced number of physical servers
- Consolidated pool of resources providing flexibility
- Reduced hardware obsolescence and future capacity issues easily dealt with
- Reduced space, power and cooling requirements emphasising the Green qualities
- Greater resilience, fail-over, disaster recovery all increasing total up-time
- Simplifying application upgrades and testing
- Reduced administration required to manage systems plus increased
flexibility for remote administration
- Greater flexibility for support
Healthcare IT Virtualization Consultancy
Centriq are key supporters of IT virtualisation for healthcare, however care must be taken as it is not ideal for all systems and a
thorough understanding of the technology and it's application are required. Adopting virtualisation is far from a risk free venture
and it is vital to identify the risks and the limitations in the planning stages as numerous projects fail to considers these and hit
problems further down the line. Centriq has considerable experience in virtualisation in
healthcare and has a high degree of expertise in VMware. Centriq also have teams that have a thorough grounding and experience of the
latest software solutions, including Citrix, MS Exchange, SQL, healthcare specific HIS, RIS & PACS which all contribute to successful deployments.
Sever virtualisation tends to be the primary reason for adopting virtualisation, as often applications only use 10% of servers
resources, so a considerable reduction in physical servers is possible. Centriq are VMware partners and have a high level of
expertise in designing and implementing virtualised solutions in hospitals and
clinics providing a high level of optimisation
and overall cost savings for clients.
Solutions such as Citrix XenApp allow applications to be centralised and manage a single instance of each application in a
central location and deliver them to users wherever they may be independent of their hardware. This has a massive benefit to the administration of applications as these are controlled centrally.
The green credentials of IT virtualisation have been rapidly gaining prominence in may markets including healthcare.
The simple fact of significantly reducing the number of servers saves direct power, cooling requirements and overall floor
space. Some of the less tangible benefits include reduce hardware
obsolescence and the more efficient administration of
systems requiring less man hours and more flexible support models such as remote operation. Centriq are able to audit
current non-virtualised environments and with some preliminary designs can estimate quite
accurately potential green savings from a virtualised solution.
Steps to Consider Virtualization
As with most IT related decisions, a major consideration is the cost, and moving to a virtualised solution will require
investment. It is important to build a robust business case to quantify the financial benefits and to be realistic about the
real savings over time. This process requires a full understanding of your current system, your future requirements and a thorough
knowledge of virtualised technology like VMware. This process should result in a full, virtualised design that can be accurately
costed and sound decisions made whether to go this route or not. Centriq have considerable experience in virtualisation audits,
design, implementation and subsequent support so are ideally placed to support healthcare
originations in assessing whether to go
this route and which options to choose.
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Healthcare Server Virtualisation
Server virtualisation to dramatically reduce space and cost as well as future
Increased resilience with adjustable load-balancing, automatic fail-over and increased up-time.
Centriq's virtualisation consultancy has proven a valuable service for healthcare clients.