As hospital data center infrastructures age and resources shrink, industry leaders are increasingly looking to the cloud to meet their storage and compute needs. Not only is it cheaper than investing in upgrades and replacements of existing hardware and software, but it adds numerous levels of security and multi-site high-availability in disaster-prone areas. Cephissus envisions massive data centers based in the cloud that are disaster-proof, HIPAA-compliant, HIPAA-certified and IDC-certified.
Most organizations that have embraced the cloud use a hybrid model, with some data still on premises and some in the cloud. According to market intelligence firm IDC, more than 80% of companies will commit to hybrid cloud architectures by the end of this year. Many Healthcare providers are in the process of implementing a new 3-year technology road-map that will shift data to the public cloud or a private cloud depending on how tightly it needs to be secured.
The cloud strategy allows agility in having to spin up brand additional storage and new compute in the cloud on a need basis at a fractional costs of the current operating dollar versus having to buy all new equipment and do it all over again. Even though, Healthcare hasn’t always been a fan of cloud computing.
Not too long ago, the prevailing thought was that the cloud was not secure enough for personal health data and it was safer to keep on site.
One reason for this shift is the increasing number of cyber-attacks on hospitals and health systems and the steep penalties they face for HIPAA violations. Cloud companies can offer the kind of security experts, firewalls, monitoring and protection that most hospitals simply can’t afford. Cephissus has ready to use tools for off-site backup and recovery, which can be important for facilities located at multiple locations, as well.
One of the Amazon’s main attraction is that it is a pay-as-you-go model. Organizations lease computer time from a third party versus laying out capital expenditures for computers and other hardware. There are fees for things like set up and migration, but it’s more flexible and requires less upfront money than a traditional data center. It’s also faster, eliminating the usual procurement and installation process when systems need upgrading, which can take months to complete.
Cephissus helps to prepare a long-term forecast that can illustrate what that shift will look like. It’s the same hardware, the same software, whether it’s managed by an in-house team or you outsource it, what the service level will be, what guarantees will be put in place, disaster recovery and backup capabilities and the security.
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