Oasis Hospital is moving to a new facility built with a grant from the president of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al Nahayan, the expansion will expand Oasis ability to care for community from 35 beds to 120 beds. As part of moving to the new hospital facility, Oasis turned its attention to its desktop infrastructure.
They decided to embark on VDI initiative with VMware Horizon View. They faced new set of challenges here. “Our major challenge is desktop consistency. The heterogenous environment does not only affect user experience and support, but creates real challenges applying a robust security and mobility platform,” said Trevor Bunch, Chief Information Officer. Oasis IT needs to ensure that the virtual desktops and thin clients are managed in compliance to the patient privacy guidelines and make it available to doctors from anywhere on any device, including mobile device.
Another opportunity was to have VDI and application servers on the same infrastructure. Over 98 percent of their applications are virtualized and are on a traditional three layer architectures made up of servers, storage and networking. “As we looked at the quality of service for a VDI solution, we became convinced that our application infrastructure would perform much better on a hyper-converged, web-scaled infrastructure and give us a consistent expansion option in the future,” said Pradeep Bhaskaran, Deputy Chief Information officer for Oasis Hospital.
After making a list of all industry players who offered VDI solutions, Oasis team began evaluating them based on key criteria such as performance, scalability, complexity, cost, high-availability and storage performance. Most vendors offered traditional three layer architectures made up of servers, storage and networking with heavy IO for VDI, increasing the cost and complexity. Of all of the companies, only Fujisoft offered each of the features and performance standards Oasis team wanted, and it did so at a lower cost and with less complexity than its competitors.