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Q&A: Interview with Pivot3 Talking VDI and Healthcare

Yesterday, Pivot3 announced HC-3, a validated virtual desktop infrastructure that integrates the technologies of several leading vendors into a simple, scalable and cost-effective VDI solution for the healthcare sector.  To find out more, I spoke with Olivier Thierry, CMO at Pivot3.

VMblog:  What impact do you see VDI having on the healthcare sector?

Olivier Thierry:  Hospitals are always on the lookout for advancements in the healthcare sector that will improve quality of care. Access plays a critical role in simplifying and enhancing a clinician's ability to do their job. With a VDI environment, clinicians are able to seamlessly transition between hospital and personal devices without needing to sign in each time to multiple applications. Convenience and access alone provide a huge stepping stone for the industry. Add in the fact that CIOs no longer have to manage clinical and administrative desktops, and that patient data security is bolstered to adhere to the stricter regulatory guidelines put in motion by the HITECH Act, and it is evident that VDI will have a very positive impact on how hospitals operate.

VMblog:  Explain the value added by collaborating with VMware, Samsung, Teradici, and Imprivata.

Thierry:  By teaming up with VMware, Samsung, Teradici and Imprivata, we are able to deliver a comprehensive solution that is simple, scalable and pocket friendly. The combination of Samsung zero client Cloud Displays powered by Teradici TERA2, Samsung mobile devices, and Imprivata┬« OneSignTM Virtual Desktop Access, provide clinicians with non-stop access to virtual desktops. We have developed a VDI solution that enables fast logon times through any endpoint device, adding a necessary layer of convenience.

VMblog:  What benefits will a typical clinician see if their respective hospital adopts and deploys HC-3?

Thierry:  Hospitals will be able to provide their staff with the connectivity and non-stop access needed to improve patient care. With HC-3, clinicians can connect to desktops through any endpoint device, from any location through Follow Me virtual desktop capabilities. Simply scan a badge or tap the screen, and you're good to go - in a secure environment and all.

HC-3 acts as a simple-to-deploy appliance model, integrating all of the storage and server hardware, desktop virtualization software, single sign-on software and endpoints, with the benefits of VMware's AlwaysON Point-of-Care validated design certification.

VMblog:  When can we expect the HC-3 bundle to be available?

Thierry:  Our HC-3 Healthcare Validated VDI is available now through authorized Pivot3 distributors. As for the HC-3 pilot bundle, we currently have our eyes set on late Q1, early Q2.

VMblog:  With the addition of HC-3, Pivot3 has entered a new vertical. What can we expect to see from Pivot going forward in terms of expanding across verticals?

Thierry:  Organizations across a wide-range of verticals including education, healthcare and state and local government are turning to VDI to optimize performance and ensure that their infrastructure is being utilized as effectively as possible to maximize ROI. Our vSTAC appliances provide a cross-vertical VDI solution that drives high-performance, simplicity and scalability, and we are excited that we have seen such great success distributing our product to various industries. We are confident that this pattern will only continue.

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I'd like to again thank Olivier Thierry, CMO at Pivot3, for taking time out to speak to VMblog about this latest announcement.

Published Tuesday, March 05, 2013 6:30 AM by David Marshall
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