Healthcare, Nutanix, Dell, and beyond…

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As healthcare information technology evolves, the transformational opportunities it presents continue to grow exponentially. Current trends in the industry around securing PHI and allowing for anywhere anytime viewing of patient data are challenging conventional thick client application deployments. This is where VDI (Virtual desktop infrastructure) come in. VDI keeps data off endpoints and in the data center, where IT organizations can have more control over data security. Desktop virtualization can also trim administrative costs by streamlining the application patch process; improve clinical workflows by utilizing tap-in technologies and follow me desktops; and reduce the cost of new hardware purchases by using thin clients, and zero clients, instead of fully loaded thick client workstations.

Application virtualization has long been popular in hospitals and clinics due to the nature of clinical workflow and need to simultaneously deploy applications at multiple locations. EHR’s (Electronic Health Records) are often run on a central server and are remotely accessed via VDI or application virtualization. As Providers grow through consolidation, and population health management is standard practice, scalability and performance is now front-and-center as these EHR systems use and application needs continue to grow.

Nutanix and Dell help healthcare providers move to desktop virtualization by bringing the value of web-scale technologies used by the likes of Google and Amazon Web Services to enterprises. The Web-scale approach enables high consolidation, linear scalability, fractional consumption, and an abstraction of the intelligence from traditional hardware arrays into software-defined storage. The compute and storage tiers are combined into a single consolidated infrastructure running on Dell hardware thereby eliminating the cost and performance latency associated with expensive storage networks and arrays.

Download the Dell Solution Brief for virtualized EMR solutions based on the Dell XC Series web-scale converged appliance powered by Nutanix software (here), or access the Dell DRIVE Solution content website (here).

Introducing Dell XC 2.0 Series

To expand Dell’s Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Portfolio and stay consistent delivering solutions with the latest hardware technology available, Dell announced the Dell XC Series 2.0 built on proven Dell PowerEdge 13G (Haswell-based) servers and powered with the latest Nutanix software.

Features and benefits include:

  • Streamlined purchase and deployment – XC Series appliances are delivered directly from Dell and Dell channel partners, with factory-installed software and hypervisors
  • Advanced Nutanix software with critical enterprise capabilities such as data locality for high performance, de-duplication and compression for capacity optimization, easy one-click hypervisor upgrades, and more
  • Flexibility to run one of multiple hypervisors, including VMware vSphere® and Microsoft Hyper-V®
  • Faster application performance—Higher performance servers, additional memory and drive options (flash and hard disk) support more demanding workloads in VDI, private cloud and big data initiatives.
  • Greater density—doubling the density to 16 terabytes per rack unit, supports the same amount of data in half the rack space, benefiting all types of customers, and especially managed service providers and those in co-located data centers.
  • Greater flexibility—Industry advances in processing and memory, combined with multiple drive, memory and processor options per appliance, enable more precise workload matching and granular scalability.

Dell also has the flexibility to customize Dell XC Series 2.0 solutions for the customer’s specific virtualized workloads by utilizing a new configure-to-order (CTO) procurement model. The new CTO procurement model allows customers to select quantity of processors, memory, drive and NICs enabling more granular configurations to meet the needs of customers’ varying workloads.

The new Dell XC Web-scale Converged Appliance 2.0 is available to quote, configure and ship as of March 15th, 2015. For more detailed information on the Dell’s announcement and to hear about a Dell XC Series success story, please check out Dell’s official press release.

Download the Dell Solution Brief for virtualized EMR solutions based on the Dell XC Series web-scale converged appliance powered by Nutanix software (here), or access the Dell DRIVE Solution content website (here).