Songklanagarind Hospital Scales Up with Nutanix to Enable VDI Deployment




  • Obtained easy access to the HIS systems for over 200 physicians with plans to scale to 1500
  • Successfully launched bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program to access HIS remotely without disruptions
  • Enabled simple and speedy deployments of infrastructure in less than an hour


  • The Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform (NX3450)


Founded in 1982, Songklanagarind Hospital is a part of Prince of Songkla University, providing medical and healthcare services to patients in South Thailand. As a medical center as well as a medical school, it also serves as an R&D educational hub for Thailand’s health science communities. The hospital houses 853 beds, 700 full-time physicians, and can serve up to 3,500 patients every day. It is the hospital’s aim to provide physicians access from anywhere and at any time from mobile devices to its in-house developed intranet portal, called the Hospital Information System (HIS).

With Nutanix Virtual Computing Platform, approximately 200 physicians are accessing the HIS from their devices at any time, from anywhere. As proof of the system’s resiliency, the HIS portal is performing seamlessly, even when the traffic hits a peak of 120 concurrent users. The IT department’s service level agreement (SLA) is that users should be able to access data on-premise in under five seconds. The team has already received numerous compliments from its end users who post comments on the hospital’s web board.

The performance of the VDI server running on Nutanix has been even greater than expected. The hospital has on-premise Wi-Fi, which can now accommodate up to 500 concurrent users. As a medical center and school, the physicians are also involved in R&D. They are now able to complete their research tasks and reports from home, adding to the overall positive user experience and increasing their productivity.

“The Nutanix solution is simple to deploy and manage. We can monitor and centrally manage traffic with a single screen. The system is highly scalable, which is what we were looking for. This flexibility allows us to add additional nodes on an as-needed basis while allowing us to continue to use the HIS,” commented Mr. Ruangrit.

Next steps

The hospital now plans to expand the number of VDI users to cover all of business functions. The goal is to serve up to 1,500 users with the Nutanix solution through its zero-client project, without having to buy any additional appliances. The zero-client solution will also enable the hospital to achieve tremendous energy consumption savings because it only takes eight watts per machine, while the desktop PCs used 30-40 watts per machine. “Green hospitals with superior services are our ultimate goal” noted Mr. Ruangrit.