Evolve IP announced a partnership with Nimble Storage that offers healthcare organizations a way to deploy on-premises Nimble Storage flash arrays supported by HIPAA-compliant and HITRUST-audited hybrid cloud, cloud backup and disaster recovery systems from Evolve IP. The partnership also enables Nimble Storage healthcare clients to take advantage of Evolve IP’s HIPAA-compliant and PCI-compliant cloud communications services, which offer encrypted IP phone systems and hosted call centers.
Evolve IP’s custom-built cloud infrastructure uses technologies and a cloud architecture that provide additional levels of back-up and security, as well as third-party integrations for additional recovery capabilities. Healthcare organizations that leverage the partnership will be able to use a Nimble-centric hybrid cloud environment where protected health information can be securely and seamlessly moved between on-premises infrastructure and the cloud.
The set-up also enables clients to move services to the cloud or strengthen their business continuity plans without the need to invest in additional on-premises storage arrays, the companies said. The Evolve IP cloud protects confidential healthcare data both in transit and at rest, providing a HITRUST-audited, HIPAA-compliant environment to maintain and manage IT infrastructure, the companies added. Additionally, the service provides data snapshots every 15 minutes with on-premises information backed up to Evolve IP’s geographically diverse, Tier IV data centers.
A key business driver for this partnership is the fact that healthcare organizations’ demand for secure, HIPAA-compliant cloud services is at an all-time high, the companies said. A recent Evolve IP survey of more than 180 healthcare executives and IT leaders revealed that more than 80% of firms plan to move new or additional services to the cloud within the next three years. Meanwhile, fewer than four in 10 firms noted they had implemented a cloud solution on their own versus using a vendor, the survey said.
“Healthcare organizations are in the midst of a massive IT transformation to capitalize on the benefits of cloud-based services,” said David McCrystal, healthcare program manager at Evolve IP. “One of the largest needs is for hybrid scenarios where on-premises servers have a secure, offsite environment for running critical applications and performing backup and recovery. Our customers can easily and securely leverage our HIPAA-compliant, HITRUST-audited cloud for both cloud computing and cloud communication needs.”