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Irrational Exuberance

Published on 08/27/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Virtualization, Systems Monitoring and Management

Having sat through the first few of many sessions at VMWorld 2013 in San Francisco, I am both energized and concerned.This year, there is an intense focus on networking and management. VMware has officially rolled vSphere 5.5 with network virtualization using a new product called NSX™ as well as a renewed push on Ops Management. While both products are poised to be of significant benefit to MEDITECH shops, neither should be approached lightly.While NSX is a ...

Microsoft Licensing: the Everlasting Mystery Part I – Licensing Basics for the VDI Environment

Published on 08/12/2013 by Mark Luquire
Category: Microsoft

For many, trying to understand Microsoft licensing is a painful and time-consuming chore.  Microsoft has done a great job of ensuring this continues, to their benefit.  The larger your corporate environment, the more complex the licensing challenges can become.  For the purposes of this article, let’s focus on Microsoft licensing when it comes to a virtual desktop environment.First, it is important to differentiate the different types of virtual desktop or VDI environments you may ...

While You Were Out Pursuing ARRA Money...

Published on 07/12/2013 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Healthcare IT

Summer brings the magic of longer days, gentler weather, smoking grills….and, for some, a break from the ARRA rat race. You deserve it! So when that last sip of lemonade has been taken, and that last vacation day has melted into a fabulous yellow, red, pink, and orange sunset, here are some things the ghosts in your machines might be whispering to you:VMware got a LOT better……if you are still running 4.X.Something, best upgrade ...

Take the Initiative, Not the Blame

Published on 06/28/2013 by Clay Sides
Category: Healthcare IT

Let me ask you a question; How often do you go to the doctor? Do you have an annual checkup, or only go when something is wrong?We are all encouraged to be proactive in maintaining our health. Exercising, eating better and seeing your doctors annually are the keys to a longer, more fulfilling life. If this is what it takes for us to live longer, more active lives, then why aren't we doing this for our IT ...

PCI-DSS - A Short Acronym for a Long Journey - Part 2

Published on 06/27/2013 by Ashini Surati
Category: Compliance

So it seems that I took a long coffee break since my last blog on PCI-DSS!  And yes, that coffee did come from the fancy machine that took my credit card on the 4th floor of your hospital!!  Would you like a memory refresher on what I was talking about?  Click here to read Part 1 of my blog.So where does a health care organization start when looking at compliance with these industry standards?  ...

The Building Blocks of Disaster Recovery

Published on 06/25/2013 by Mark Middleton
Category: Disaster Recovery

With hurricane season looming around the corner, folks will soon be scrambling to dust off their disaster recovery plans, many of them untested, and many unexecutable.  With a three-fold increase in the number of average annual disasters since 1993, along with applicable elements of HIPAA and HITECH legislation, a growing concern of healthcare providers is fortifying their disaster posture before going to battle with the next catastrophe.In an ideal world, a comprehensive disaster recovery playbook would contain ...

MUSE-ings through the looking glass....

Published on 06/10/2013 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Blog

I am writing this on the way home from International MUSE 2013, where Park Place International served as a Premier Sponsor. Out of respect for the user community, we have ramped up our support of MUSE considerably, spending almost 1/3 of our marketing budget on sponsorship, exhibits, and related promotion. We also bear the considerable expense of travel and registration for 15 members of our staff. Our technology team created four engaging, purely educational sessions on topics ranging from ...

BYOD - Bring Your Own Device or Bring Your Own Disease (Technological Typhoid Mary)

Published on 06/03/2013 by Chris Lichtenberg
Category: Healthcare IT

I can’t claim credit for the full title.  It was actually taken from a Tech Republic article about viruses and other nasties that personal portable devices can bring.  In fact, if you Google “Bring Your Own Disease”, you’ll find many other related articles.The joy of BYOD is that you can reduce capital expenses for devices like phones, laptops, and tablets. And training employees on the platform is reduced because they are already familiar ...

Virtualization: We've Only Scratched the Surface.

Published on 05/16/2013 by Jim Fitzgerald
Category: Virtualization

In my role at Park Place International, I am fortunate to visit frequently with customers to discuss real-world healthcare IT problems. We try to help customers create sometimes simple, sometimes not-so-simple phased technology migration/adoption plans or roadmaps.When members of the Park Place team attend partner technical conferences for technology updates, training, and certifications, we usually get a heavy dose of the partner technology vision or roadmap. One of the useful things that I think we do here at ...

The Virtual Desktop (VDI), MEDITECH, and the Dreaded Update

Published on 05/14/2013 by Rob Bruno
Category: Virtualization

Recently, with the deployment of VDI, maintaining the MEDITECH client updates can pose some challenges. The ever-changing client environment makes using some sort of cloning and deployment technology a must.  Why?  With cloning technology you can apply a MEDITECH change to a “gold image” of the desktop, test the changes, and when ready, rapidly deploy the changes.Depending on your VDI supplier, these cloning technologies may work slightly differently.  However, there’s typically a “...

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