With the growth of medical applications such as electronic records, pharmacy and imaging systems, virtualization technologies are increasingly being deployed in hospital data centers because of their ability to drive the efficiency and effectiveness of computing and storage resources. However, the dynamic nature of virtualization along with the traditional organizational separation between server and network management teams can lead to management challenges.
In order to create an agile and automated operational model for the virtualized hospital data center, IT administrators require a more comprehensive set of automation capabilities, coupled with increased network visibility and more granular controls. Extreme Networks Data Center Connect addresses these new operational requirements and provides functions that ensure consistent application performance and unified management across the physical and virtual network.
Data Center Connect provides health IT administrators a transparent, cross-functional service provisioning process that bridges the divide among the server, networking and storage teams, ensuring each has an integrated view of virtual server and network environments. With a unique vendor agnostic approach, Data Center Connect supports a variety of virtualization, storage and server platforms, enabling the unification of the physical and virtual network and ensuring networks will have the high availability necessary for critical applications and business data.
In addition to server, storage and network virtualization, the VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructures) add-on enables standard desktops to be virtual machines. Users can access their virtual desktop from various devices like their physical desktops, laptops, thin clients, mobile devices, tablets, or smartphones. This provides a secure mechanism to support mobile devices and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives. There are many advantages to using VDI including improved service to the user and reduced operational cost for the support organization. Enterprise security is strengthened since the data is kept within the data center and is not stored on the device itself. Support costs decrease because patch management and recovery are centralized and the device accessing the desktop can easily be replaced with no configuration required. VDI also turns the access control model upside down – from client side enforcement to server/VM side enforcement. It is key to keep the same controls in place in the data center as in a typical fat client environment. The VDI Integration based on Data Center Connect enables user based policy management in the VDI data center to address this requirement.