HITInfrastructure

Virtualization News

Utilizing Cloud-Native VDI Offerings in HIT Infrastructure

Cloud-native VDI offerings, such as what Workspot recently implemented, can be greatly beneficial in healthcare organizations

Source: Thinkstock

By Elizabeth O'Dowd

- Workspot announced its participation in the Microsoft Enterprise Cloud Alliance (ECA) Partner Program, which will support Workspot’s healthcare virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and desktop-as-a-service (DaaS) solutions built on Azure.

Vendors benefit from ECA membership because it provides access to developing technology and education opportunities within Azure. These benefits allow vendors to develop their cloud native solutions faster.

Partners can leverage new Azure tools as they also assist their customers by providing advanced updates.

"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 unprecedented 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."

ECA membership also makes it easier for organizations already running Azure to adopt a VDI or DaaS solution.

Last month, Workspot announced its VDI solution’s availability in the Azure Marketplace to encourage organizations to adopt a cloud native VDI solution.

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. This provides organizations with the opportunity to utilize VDI without expending on-premises resources to maintain the virtualized environment.

Eliminating on-premises resources to support a VDI deployment saves healthcare organizations money on maintaining equipment.

Organizations that choose to deploy Workspot on-premises also have the option to move workloads to Azure if needed to balance their hybrid infrastructure. The tool provides users with a single management console across multiple on-premises data centers and Azure locations.

"Organizations need simplified VDI deployment solutions that drive workplace efficiency and favorable economics,” Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Analyst Mark Bowker said in a statement. “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."

Azure users deploying Workspot can experience simplified VDI management through the cloud-native service, have reduced operating expenses, and utilize a scalable virtual desktop environment.

Workspot also provides a hyper-converged VDI solution that gives organizations a cloud native, multi-tenant solution that can be deployed faster than traditional VDI.

Hyper-convergence virtualizes elements of datacenter infrastructure from storage and networking to process and memory. The entire infrastructure is managed from a single place, which gives IT administrators more visibility and control over the entire environment.

Hyper-convergence can be run in a cloud or on-premise environment and lets IT administrators control all virtual deployments from one place. This allows for less user error and faster technology speeds.

Hyper-converged VDI is becoming more popular in healthcare because it significantly cuts down on clinician login times, allowing them to spend more time with the patient.

Clinicians are faced with logging into and out of applications and devices throughout the day. Hyper-convergence benefits the IT department and the users by providing a secure way to login without the user having to remember a complicated password.

IT administrators can also change the password as they see fit, and most deployments allow clinicians to simply tap a badge to login to their virtual desktop.

Overall, healthcare organizations are embracing cloud native virtual desktops to take advantage of these potential cost saving and time saving benefits.