The traditional data center employed by healthcare organizations has several inherent limitations. Because it was based on the physical architecture of servers and clients, it was associated with high start-up costs and a need to anticipate in advance everything that might be needed to provision employees and at times, customers making use of its resources. Perhaps even worse, computer use always tended to outstrip initial projections, which meant that as resources were added, the data center could become an amalgamation of components, some of which were cobbled together as afterthoughts rather than working as a seamless, efficient whole.
Healthcare organizations can benefit from upgrading from traditional data centers to the new generation of data centers that are much more able to automate tasks as well as streamline both medical and administrative computing needs. With virtualization, healthcare organizations as well as other businesses can adopt a ‘pay as you expand’ strategy that lowers the overall initial cost of making the move to the newer forms of computing. This built-in cost efficiency continues throughout the life of the new data center, since virtual resources can be added on an as-needed basis almost without limit while still maintaining full integrity of approach and operation.
As the new data centers grow to match ongoing needs, they retain their original character and organization, avoiding the ‘cobbled together’ problem that plagues the old approach. These advantages make virtualized data centers radically different from the old model.
The new generation of data centers are best administered by IT specialists working remotely as part of a managed services strategy.