|[July 11, 2011]
Parallels Announces Health Community Cloud Automation Partnership with Microsoft
LOS ANGELES --(Business Wire)--
At the Microsoft (News - Alert) World Wide Partner conference, Parallels®
today announced a two-year strategic relationship with Microsoft to
deliver a complete cloud automation solution focused on meeting the
needs of the health industry around the world. As a result of the
Parallels and Microsoft Health Community Cloud Automation Partnership,
large healthcare institutions will be able to create private, public and
hybrid cloud networks and enable immediate access to critical
information by key stakeholders such as doctors, administrators and
insurance providers at all times. The two companies plan to invest up to
$5 million in product development, professional services, as well as
joint sales and marketing, to accelerate the use of cloud computing
services within the health sector.
Key Parallels solutions will leverage Microsoft Cloud Services as a part
of the Health
Community Cloud Automation (HCCA) solution to deliver highly
reliable, available and scalable private cloud networks that can help
health organizations and service providers meet the enhanced security
and compliance needs of the health industry such as HIPAA in the US.
Health organizations that use HCCA to deliver messaging and
collaboration IT services like Microsoft Hosted Exchange (News - Alert) and Microsoft
Hosted SharePoint can also expect significant savings while lowering
support costs and improving agility and user experience.
"Cloud-based solutions can bring quantifiable raw cost savings, as well
as a number of strategic benefits for the betterment of the company in a
much broader sense. These include operational cost, cost restructuring,
competency alignment, risk management, rapid scalability, and deployment
benefits," said Laura DuBois, program VP Storage Software at IDC (News - Alert).
"Today, 41.8 percent of a healthcare organization's IT budget is
allocated in a traditional IT deployment, whereas in two years' time
this will decrease to 35.4 percent, a decline of six percentage points.
With this change comes an increase in the percentage of the overall IT
budget allocated to private and public cloud. For infrastructure
suppliers, this signals a very real change in how firms will procure
services and solutions in 2013."
"Microsoft and Parallels are teaming to enable partners and health
organizations to deliver security-enhanced cloud automation solutions.
We expect that this partnership will help managed service providers
support health organizations accelerate their ongoing shift to private
and hybrid cloud environments, on their terms, while driving a
measurable return on IT investments and enhancing care provider
productivity," said Linda Zecher, CVP WW Public Sector, Microsoft.
"Parallels has a 10-year proven track record of providing automation
solutions for hosters and communication service providers. With this
initiative, Microsoft and Parallels will be jointly evolving these
solutions to meet the needs of the health industry," said Biger Steen,
CEO, Parallels. "We aim to provide emerging cloud service providers with
vertical-specific solutions to bring to market and existing health
service providers with a fast and reliable on-ramp to the cloud."
Parallels' vision is to see cloud automation solutions being built on
best-in-class platforms that take advantage of the IT investments health
organizations have already made. The HCCA solution helps health
organizations move from traditional IT models to private, community and
hybrid cloud models leveraging Microsoft's
Cloud Optimized Datacenter for Health offering and Parallels
Automation. The benefits to health organizations also extend to the
desktop with Microsoft based VDI which enables the deployment and
management of virtual desktops.
"The Parallels and Microsoft HCCA approach to servicing the health care
industry with an end-to-end automation solution enables us to deliver
and deploy new HIPAA-compliant cloud services to health care
organizations of all sizes while providing new levels of flexibility and
agility for our existing and new IT investments," said David Ehrhardt,
President and CEO of Apptix. "We have always provided our health care
customers the most reliable and innovative communication and
collaboration solutions and are particularly excited about the new
Microsoft Hyper-V based infrastructure services."
"As the hosting provider for MyHospitals.gov.au,
and a number of other high profile public sector customers, Uber has
made significant investments in technology developed by both Microsoft
and Parallels. By managing the technology and customer experience
through Parallels Automation, while completely satisfying the
requirements of enterprise deployments through the reliability and
performance of Microsoft solutions, UberGlobal is uniquely positioned to
benefit from the HCCA partnership announced today," said Brian Sharpe,
CEO UberGlobal Enterprise.
Key elements of the HCCA partnership include the following:
The two companies will team to provide resources for health customers
and partners to implement cloud computing in health across Microsoft
Exchange Server, Microsoft Office SharePoint Server, Microsoft Lync
Server, Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft System Center and Parallels
Parallels will participate as a core member of the Microsoft Health
Partner Executive Board (PEB) providing leadership on cloud automation
for healthcare ISVs, hosters, System Integrators, solutions partners,
resellers and other organizations that deploy community cloud
Professional Services and Consulting:
The companies will offer a full set of resources to support customers
and partners in their journey to the cloud with technologies ranging
from assessment, architecture planning and design, implementation,
management and support for all solutions in the HCCA portfolio.
Parallels and Microsoft will provide strategic consulting services for
health organizations that are transforming their on-premise IT
organizations into private and hybrid cloud environments.
Through the Microsoft
Connected Health Platform, Parallels and Microsoft will provide a
reference architecture blueprint, guidance and code that supports
customers and partners with strategic consulting services for health
organizations which are transforming their on-premise IT organizations
into private and hybrid cloud environments.
Marketing and Sales
Parallels will provide online self-service and in depth readiness
resources to promote the joint solutions and train technical and
delivery personnel within managed service providers on the PA HCCA
The companies will showcase the HCCA solution and their respective
products in Microsoft Technology Centers and Parallels demo facilities
More information about the HCCA Partnership is available at http://www.parallels.com/health.
To hear about the HCCA Partnership at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner
Conference, join us at Los Angeles Convention Center Room 408A for the
"PS05 Health, The Cloud, and You" Public Sector panel on Wednesday, July
13, 2011 from 4:15 - 6:15 p.m. PST.
Parallels is a worldwide leader in hosting and cloud service enablement
and desktop virtualization. Founded in 1999, Parallels is a fast-growing
company with more than 800 employees in North America, Europe, and Asia.
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