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Healthcare Cloud-Based VDI Adoption Reduces Infrastructure Costs

Healthcare cloud-based VDI gives organizations increased flexibility while cutting back on IT infrastructure costs.

Cloud-based VDI for health IT infrastructure

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By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Cloud-based virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) adoption grows in healthcare as organizations begin to realize the benefits of increased visibility and control when moving desktops to the cloud.

The increased demand for VDI deployments drove virtual desktop vendor Workspot to recently employ a flat-rate, all-inclusive monthly fee for its VDI services with Microsoft Azure. The flat rate billing gave organizations the opportunity to expand their VDI solutions and take advantage of the public cloud.

Workspot first announced the availability of its VDI solution through the Microsoft Azure Marketplace back in June.

The cloud-native VDI solution deploys Windows 10 virtual desktops, Windows apps, and GPU workstations on Azure. Organizations implementing the tools are charged with a flat monthly subscription fee.

Workspot VDI provides users with a virtual desktop as a service via Microsoft Azure instead of an on-premises managed deployment, which gives organizations the opportunity to utilize VDI without expending on-premises resources to maintain the virtualized environment.

Extending services to the public cloud is becoming more popular as healthcare organizations rapidly expand their IT infrastructure. The cloud is no longer considered insecure by IT administrators as many vendors have met the compliance standards necessary for healthcare implementation.

Public cloud and virtualization have become viable ways for organizations to cut back on costs and add flexibility to their infrastructure. VDI deploys desktops virtually which users access using thin clients. Entities do not need to spend money on endpoint devices because the desktop lives in the data center.

"Organizations need simplified VDI deployment solutions that drive workplace efficiency and favorable economics,” Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Analyst Mark Bowker said in a statement about Workspot. “These solutions must meet operational demands and the unique challenges many businesses face.”

“At the same time, they must empower enterprises and IT departments to manage workloads on-premises as well as through hybrid cloud data center architectures,” Bowker continued. “With the continued growth of VDI and the shift to hybrid solutions, end-users are beginning to demand both secure desktop and application delivery in a timely and cost-efficient manner."

Deploying a VDI environment in the public cloud can also save organizations money on operating costs. The public cloud also lends itself the Workspot’s flat billing rate because they know what space they are using in the public cloud and don’t have to spend money on on-premises maintenance.

The public cloud gives organizations much needed flexibility because they can distribute workloads more evenly without investing in expensive hardware when they need to scale up. The public cloud also gives organizations the opportunity to scale back their environment if they compete a project or downsize without having extra servers sit around.

Workspot is also a member of the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance (ECA) Partner Program, which supports Workspot’s VDI on Azure.

The ECA gives vendors access to evolving technology and education opportunities within Azure so they can leverage Azure tools and provide customers with updates the moment they are available.

"We built the next generation of VDI in response to the market's frustration over complexity, cost and risks associated with first generation solutions," Workspot CEO and Co-Founder Amitabh Sinha said in a statement. "Along with our channel partners, we have an opportunity to deliver the benefits of all-cloud VDI to customers, and our membership in the Enterprise Cloud Alliance Program helps us make these solutions more readily available."

The need for more cost-effective and flexible VDI solutions drives the demand for cloud-based deployments. IT decision-makers face the demand for more advanced and interoperable technology along with IT budget cuts. Virtualizing desktops and deploying them in the public cloud are two ways organizations can take advantage of better technology while keeping their budgets in-check.