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of moving to a cloud by calculating this savings created.”

Bring your own device T e movement toward “bring your own device” (BYOD) is another facet that the private cloud at Seattle Children’s addresses with ease. Wright explains, “Today, I brought in

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my Microsoft Surface computer so that I can use my personal apps. I can connect my Windows Surface to our network through the cloud using a virtual desktop. I can use Windows 7 for my corporate things and Windows 8 for my private, personal things. We can let our researchers do the same things on their Macbook Pros or whatever they have, and I do not have to worry about the two environments mixing because they are two diff erent environments that cannot mix and match with one another.” T eir bespoke virtual desktops allow

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the staff at Seattle Children’s to bring to work whatever device they choose because Wright and his team have set aside a specifi c wired/wireless network for that purpose. But if you want to get the corporate re- sources, you have to use a corporate virtual desktop. Wright says, “If the system is set up with

the proper forethought and care, by that I mean you have to make sure that the diff er- ent environments cannot comingle, BYOD is very feasible in terms of safeguarding data relative to HIPAA compliance standards. Someone’s personal device cannot get onto our corporate wired network. It’s a secured network that requires a certifi cate, so they cannot get there. We have set up a diff erent network called the ‘personal device network’ that people can put personal devices on. I think as the cloud grows, it can’t do any- thing but help with BYOD as long as that separation of church and state remains.“

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On the horizon While Seattle Children’s has experienced many successes by leveraging their private cloud’s operational capabilities, Wright says, they are far from feeling as though their journey is complete. “As I mentioned before, we have two desktop images that serve as our virtual desktop images,” he explains. “T ese two


images are essentially the same. One image has clinical applications. T e other image has Microsoft Offi ce products and that sort of thing. With Amazon Web Services’ announcement of hosting virtual desktops in the cloud, it got us thinking about our standard desktops, our non-clinical desk- tops. We could go to Microsoft and say, ‘We want to take advantage of not only your Microsoft Offi ce 365 productivity suite off ering which is in the cloud, but we also want you to host our non-clinical desktops as well.’ T at would mean that in a year or two, I will log in to my network at Seattle Children’s and I will get my stan- dard, nonclinical desktop from the Azure Cloud from Microsoft. In terms of IT, what that will allow me to do is take the resources that I have currently in place serving those nonclinical desktops and devote them to our clinical desktops. T at will allow them to work a lot quicker than they do now, and we can move forward with our plans to create a patient desktop as well.” With the advent of evolving technolo- gies and services, the possibility of creating individual, virtualized desktops for every constituent of Seattle Children’s commu- nity is not farfetched. T e entire industry can follow suit and achieve higher levels of success if it aggressively seeks out new vendor partnerships and carefully considers the new paths cloud computing can create for workers and patients.


Calvin Hsu, Vice President of Product Marketing, Desktops and Apps at Citrix



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