A guide to building a modern cloud strategy for healthcare

Modern applications drive the modern healthcare industry, and the dependency healthcare institutions have on their applications is growing stronger. IDC predicts that from 2018 to 2023, 500 million new logical apps will be created, equal to the number built over the past 40 years.1 With new app adoption, there is more demand for flexibility, scalability, and agility. But IT Ops teams struggle to manage modern and traditional applications across today’s diverse and disjointed architectures. While diversity helps meet healthcare business needs, managing a wide range of deployment environments can present unique needs and challenges.

The current leading approach to meet the needs of a typical application portfolio is a hybrid cloud model. The industry defines hybrid cloud as the combination of private cloud, public cloud, and edge environments, unified with consistent infrastructure and consistent operations. A hybrid approach is preferred by IT organizations as they determine what aspects of public cloud fit their unique traditional and modern application needs—in fact, two-thirds of cloud buyers are seeking a hybrid cloud solution.2 The good news is that IT organizations can build on existing infrastructure investments, bridging the gap to modern public cloud solutions while consolidating IT control and management.

This eBook summarizes an application-centric approach to shape cloud strategy for any healthcare organization looking to streamline and modernize their IT landscape. It provides six app-centric paths for IT organizations to adopt a hybrid cloud environment. Depending on your organization’s application landscape, you will use some or many of these paths to optimize your cloud strategy.

Jens Koegler

Jens Koegler is VMware's Healthcare Industry Director in EMEA. He is helping our healthcare customers develop and run modern applications to drive innovation and ensure better patient care through a digital foundation that includes data center, hybrid cloud, mobile, networking and security technologies. VMware plays a strategic role in the healthcare industry. Its leading innovations in enterprise software help ensure consistent patient care and reduce IT access time for healthcare professionals so they can spend more time with their patients. Jens plays a key role in helping customers understand how new applications, devices, the latest IT technologies and digital transformation are driving innovation in healthcare.