It’s a question I hear from many CIOs: “How do we accelerate our hybrid cloud strategy?”
It’s common knowledge - enterprise data is growing tremendously and heads of IT understand that the cloud can offer great value and flexibility. A hybrid cloud environment should provide high performance and low latency that can scale on demand and deliver access to all data, no matter where the application lives. Unfortunately, legacy IT architectures weren’t designed to support today’s hybrid demands. Instead, enterprises are stuck in an endless cycle of buying more storage infrastructure and struggling to meet the needs of their apps, both on-premises and in the cloud.
For healthcare companies in particular, an additional concern is keeping data safe. Security, privacy and compliance often cause IT and security teams to hold off moving to the cloud. Cloud service providers need to meet a high bar to make healthcare companies feel comfortable – including encryption, key management, audits and operational controls. With these elements in place, it is possible to deliver a hybrid environment that combines the performance, reliability and most importantly, security, of on-premises storage with the agility and economics of the cloud.
One of the leaders in healthcare leveraging the cloud is Partners HealthCare. Today, we’re excited to announce we’re working with Partners to help accelerate its hybrid cloud strategy with ClearSky’s fully managed service. One of the top medical research companies in the country and a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Partners is working with ClearSky to reduce its reliance on traditional storage arrays and support a variety of workloads – such as Splunk analytics, SQL and VMware – with a hybrid infrastructure. Using ClearSky, Partners can maintain the high performance and security standards it needs, with the additional benefits of data protection and disaster recovery that are built into the ClearSky network.
Partners HealthCare leads on so many fronts. Its teaching hospitals are among the best in the country, and its teams have made lifesaving breakthroughs in medical research and practice. So, it’s not surprising that Partners should lead when it comes to IT, as well. By making bold moves toward a hybrid cloud environment, Partners has done more than simplify its storage and lower costs – it has reset the industry’s expectation for the future of data performance, availability and security.