Scott Williams

shutterstock_178995674.jpgScenario (Healthcare)

Developing an “all-in” solution with a Healthcare Provider to bring all of their workloads to the cloud is a complex and risky endeavor. They can have multiple locations with direct circuits tied back to their data center that’s usually in desperate need of an upgrade. 

The aging infrastructures, including proprietary storage, network, platforms and firewalls need an overhaul to get them to a level of compliance and pass a potential audit for HIPAA. This entails a complete evaluation and scope from their perimeter firewalls, to their infrastructure across all sites and their respective applications and endpoints, including medical devices.

Upgrade or Secure Cloud?

Companies try to resolve the fact that new systems, upgrades and data circuits across multiple work centers continue to be inherently expensive from both a CapEx and OpEx perspective.

Typically customers realize after-the-fact that security is needed once they are in the cloud; they then have to add on services and functions to allow them to be secure amidst ever-changing regulations. Having a Security-First Cloud Provider eliminates the afterthought of Security and Compliance.

With a secure cloud platform already in place, customers can migrate and inherit the same benefits of best security and compliance practices to date.

Using Cloud to Consolidate

There is no longer a need to have a centralized data center within an organization to maintain “control.” By enabling platforms in the cloud, multiple sites can be established for primary and secondary locations for disaster recovery. An example of this is having multiple Tier IV data centers with bi-coastal state-side redundancy.

Enabling all remote sites and all remote access to the cloud allows customers to realize they have a direct secure connection to their applications and platforms while still maintaining control.

Leveraging secure cloud platforms with secure disaster recovery has basically superseded the multi-site or hub-and-spoke model. Gaining this direct access to such platforms allows a company and its respective IT division to get out of the “Data Center Business”. Moving all critical platforms to the cloud, enables a multi-site location to centralize their efforts into an allocated cloud workload, allowing the remote sites to gain direct access to the dedicated cloud platform, as long as reliable Internet connectivity can be established and secured.