At the Microsoft World Wide Partner conference, Parallels today announced a two-year strategic relationship with the Redmond, Wash.-based 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 and Microsoft Hosted SharePoint can also expect significant savings while lowering support costs and improving agility and user experience.
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.