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Private Clouds for Healthcare IT Teams Provides the Performance Needed without Performance or Price Surprises

By Alejandro Jaramillo, Cloudistics Quality Assurance Engineer

The healthcare industry is undergoing a substantial growth with an increased demand for services, due to increasing aging populations, the prevalence of chronic diseases, and the rise in the use of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs). To address this evolving situation, healthcare IT professionals need scalable and low-cost infrastructure platforms to equip for future demands.

As a solution to the need for scalable, lower cost infrastructure platforms, IT professionals in the healthcare space first turned to public cloud computing as a suitable alternative to the traditional choices of on premise infrastructure; however, security concerns, compliance, control and availability made it difficult for healthcare IT professionals and their executives to fully embrace the public cloud as their de facto choice.

Fortunately, alternatives like an on premise private cloud, with software defined data centers (SDDC), give IT professionals all the scalability and low capital expenditure of the public cloud while eliminating the concerns about security, compliance, control and availability.

The Cloudistics composable cloud platform, was recently cited by IDC as an IDC Innovator for its debut as “potentially the first true software-defined cloud infrastructure that integrates network, storage, compute, virtualization, and management under a single platform.”

Cloudistics offers healthcare IT professionals the best of both worlds by:

  1. Making the best of their growing need for scalable and low capital expenditure infrastructure platforms;
  2. While mitigating security concerns, compliance, control and availability.

The following are three use cases that are important to healthcare IT professionals.

HEALTHCARE IT CONCERN: Security

One of the top concerns considered by healthcare professionals when purchasing an IT infrastructure platform is security. This includes HIPAA confidentiality, privacy, integrity, compliance, control and availability. Healthcare data management has strict requirements when it comes to security, confidentiality, privacy, traceability of access, reversibility of data, and long-term preservation. For healthcare IT professionals, a major drawback of the public cloud is that control must first be handed over to the cloud provider and there are multi-tenancy issues.

The public cloud and traditional on premise solutions do not mitigate the physical infrastructure security fears healthcare IT professionals dread. For example, a recent survey by Evolve IP revealed a preference in the healthcare sector for private over public cloud, with nearly 60 percent preferring private cloud infrastructure over public clouds for data security.

Asked which infrastructure platform made them feel safest for three common risk scenarios – environmental disasters, malicious attacks, and hardware failure – respondents answered:

  • Environmental disasters: 61 percent of healthcare IT professionals felt their information was safest in a private cloud compared to 27.5 percent in a public cloud and 11.5 percent on premise;
  • Malicious attacks: 58.5 percent of healthcare IT professionals preferred a private cloud to safeguard their data versus 32 percent on premise and 9.5 percent public cloud; and
  • Hardware malfunctions: 58.5 percent of healthcare IT professionals preferred private clouds compared to 24 percent public cloud and 17.5 percent on premises.

It is easy to see why healthcare IT respondents felt the way they did. In contrast with the public cloud, the private cloud lives in the physical datacenter of the enterprise, giving the IT team complete control of the security and performance. Private clouds let healthcare IT executives meet their service level agreements (SLAs), compliance, and control requirements by keeping the cloud close in their own IT datacenter.

HEALTHCARE IT CONCERN: Scalability

The market dynamics of healthcare services are changing healthcare through substantial and dynamic demand. One current estimate suggests an 11 to 17 percent growth in demand for healthcare resources between 2014 and 2025. Additionally, changing healthcare regulations and healthcare reform will place increased stress on the demand for scalable infrastructure solutions.

Consequently, the need for IT healthcare applications must be architected and developed to meet rapidly changing consumer requirements. So, healthcare IT professionals have turned to the private cloud for their infrastructure needs, finding private clouds can be as simple and agile as the public cloud. Just like the public cloud, Cloudistics, is a private cloud that allows for independent scaling of all three needs: compute, network, and storage all through a simple-to-use, intuitive SaaS Portal.

Cloudistics also offers a template marketplace for application templates to be downloaded in minutes. Applications can then be created from those templates and sequentially deleted to meet any demand in virtually no time.

HEALTHACRE IT CONCERN: Cost

Many healthcare IT executives initially choose the public cloud because of its seemingly low capital expenditure attributes: no upfront costs required to purchase or set up, maintain and a pay-as-you-go model, allowing customers to start with a small set of resources. Yet, IT teams learn fast that the public cloud vendors increase costs just as IT needs to scale to quickly or add more resources. As the workloads are moved to the public cloud, and more resources are added to get better performance. That’s when the cost of the public cloud shoots up quickly and with no way to estimate the real costs!

Cloudistics offers the same simplicity and agility as the public cloud providers; but for roughly 1/5th the cost. With the Cloudistics platform, the healthcare IT center begins with a known, set cost – no surprise bills. As the IT team fine-tunes the infrastructure to deliver the performance, you can scale up resources as needed. This approach makes costs and performance predictable and efficient.

HEALTHCARE IT CONCERNS: The Solution – the Cloudistics Platform

For healthcare IT professionals who need scalable and low-cost infrastructure platforms to equip for the future demands, Cloudistics turns the concerns of scalability, security and cost into day-to-day dependable features and resources.