NHS accelerates digital care roll-out with hybrid cloud solution

NHS Digital has made VMWare Cloud on AWS available across the NHS in a bid to help accelerate digitally-enabled care.

Part of its multi-cloud, cloud-first approach, NHS Digital is now migrating VMware vSphere workloads to the cloud as it tries to drive down costs and improve operational efficiencies.

NHS Digital maintains and develops the mission-critical IT infrastructure that underpins the NHS and social care.

Rob Shaw, deputy chief executive of NHS Digital said: “The uptake of digital services in the NHS is accelerating so the NHS and social care’s IT backbone must be up to the job. With VMware Cloud on AWS, we’re providing a resilient platform to support digitally-enabled care today and in the future. We now have a commercial framework in place to enable NHS and public-sector organisations to confidently use the cloud. Together we can benefit from the economies of scale and cost efficiencies of this model.”

As the NHS continues its digital transformation, and more of its services are delivered online, NHS Digital has adopted a cloud-first approach that will use multiple clouds as the best and fastest way to support this change in service delivery. NHS Digital has been a user of VMware solutions over the past 15 years and has uses AWS and Microsoft Azure.

Ultimately, NHS Digital intends to migrate most of its services from its on-premises environment using VMware Cloud on AWS, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Azure.

VMware Cloud on AWS has enabled NHS Digital to create a new commercial model to act as a single cloud service broker to organisations across NHS and the UK public sector. This model will provide better economies of scale and help facilitate a move to cloud across the NHS. It illustrates well how NHS Digital is working with its suppliers to transform health and care through technology.

VMware Cloud on AWS provides a hybrid cloud that extends consistent infrastructure and operations across NHS Digital’s on-premises data centres and the AWS cloud for VMware-based workloads.

Michael Flintoft, associate director, platforms and infrastructure, NHS Digital said: “We choose the right cloud for each workload, and VMware Cloud on AWS is the absolute best option for running our vSphere-based environments in the cloud. It’s easy to move solutions across the different environments and it’s easy to run and manage. We built a virtual data centre in the AWS cloud in less than three hours. That speed and agility is just what we need to harness innovation and make the best digital services available for the NHS and social care sector.”

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