"Parallels RAS is seamless to set up, install, and manage. Accessing one console is a time-saver for our IT team. They can focus the extra time toward optimizing our platform for our users. From a cost perspective, the all-in-one solution is most welcome. We don’t need to allocate additional budget for extra features."
Based in France, the Groupement Hospitalier du Territoire du Loiret (GHT du Loiret) combines the expertise of health professionals with the technical platform of nine public hospitals in the Loiret Department and six nursing homes (EHPADs). Their mission is to offer a user-friendly platform where citizens can quickly and easily book medical services ranging from gynecology to pediatrics to surgery, and much more.
The ChallengeTo find a solution that will keep costs at a minimum and avoid unnecessary complexity.
GHT du Loiret was looking for:
- Simple installation and workspace management
- Elimination of external services
- One solution for one price to avoid added costs for added features
GHT du Loiret had been a user of a competitive solution since 2004. “The complexity of the competitor’s solution, their frequent policy changes, and price increases became overwhelming. Specifically, the 30 days of external IT service per year was an expense we wanted to avoid. And unfortunately, some problems were never fully resolved, including XenServer issues” explained David Fretault, Architect System Manager.
A final price increase convinced GHT du Loiret that it was time to test other solutions.
"The complexity of the competitor’s solution, their frequent policy changes, and price increases became overwhelming."
The TestWill Parallels RAS offer ease of use and provide cost savings?
In 2019 GHT du Loiret began to explore Parallels RAS and decided to move forward with a pilot. What initially impressed them was the quality of the documentation, which was easy to understand and follow.
The team got to work quickly on the pilot and they “were pleased to see that it took no time at all to put servers into production. The ease of use was undeniable since RAS’ automation enabled us to regenerate our servers in less than 3 minutes” explained David Fretault.
"The ease of use was undeniable since RAS’ automation enabled us to regenerate our servers in less than 3 minutes."
The SolutionGHT du Loiret experienced ease in load balancing and heightened security without additional costs for external IT services.
Scaling rules also brought value because they enabled GHT du Loiret to anticipate the number of servers that open applications would require due to overflow.
Another highlight was discovering that Parallels RAS could give access to an ultra-powerful medical machine remotely without resource-intensive software.
There were no concerns around security thanks to RAS’ two-factor authentication (MFA) which is set up for their external users.
The ResultParallels RAS provides more value and seamless integration
The value experienced during the Parallels RAS pilot was enough to move forward with the deployment of 550 concurrent users administering 40 applications.
The main reasons for their decision to deploy:
- Simplicity: ease of use was unquestionable. GHT du Loiret spent an average of 30 days per year on external consulting with the competition and they still experienced operational issues. With Parallels RAS their ancillary costs were eliminated.
- Device redirection: printing and scanning capabilities were seamless.
- Cost savings: Parallels RAS licensing was less expensive than the competition and delivered more value with additional features like MFA (Multi Factor Authentication).
- Performance: switching to RAS was uninterrupted for the end user as it was perceived to be identical to the competition.
"To put it plainly, the Parallels RAS solution is simple with no complexities. We enjoy that we pay one price for all the capabilities. The money we are saving is reinvested back into the business to optimize our platform, ensuring our users have the best experience possible."