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Saudi Arabia’s MoH embraces multi-cloud approach

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Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health (MoH) has deployed VMware multi-cloud solutions to digitally transform the country’s public healthcare sector.

The Ministry of Health can now provide secure, cloud-based services to public healthcare providers such as hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, significantly increasing efficiency and allowing them to grow and innovate.

The Ministry of Health is in charge of the country’s public healthcare system, which serves a growing population of more than 35 million people. With the onset of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health accelerated the transformation of its IT systems, putting additional strain on healthcare systems and increasing the need for robust applications such as vaccination booking platforms and remote access to patient records. 

“The Ministry of Health seeks to achieve the highest levels of excellence in healthcare in line with the aims of Saudi Vision 2030. This means having the best multi-cloud foundation to optimize operations, raise efficiency and drive innovation across the country’s healthcare providers,” said Eng. Khalid Almedbel, CIO, Ministry of Health. “Thanks to our digital transformation with VMware, all public healthcare providers will have access to best-in-class cloud services that will improve operations and boost healthcare provision for citizens and residents.”

MoH simplified its IT infrastructure by deploying VMware Cloud Foundation as the unifying platform for its cloud environment, distributing workloads across service providers’ clouds such as STC and Mobily.

MoH gains access to a comprehensive set of highly secure software-defined services for compute, storage, network, security, Kubernetes, and cloud management through VMware Cloud Foundation. When the solution is fully deployed, Saudi Arabia’s public healthcare system will benefit from the shared cloud platform’s resiliency, agility, and efficiency.

Each healthcare facility will have access to virtual infrastructure and ‘as-a-service’ applications, as well as the ability to design and deploy cloud-based applications, allowing them to innovate and provide world-class services to patients.

Saif Mashat, Saudi Arabia country director, VMware, said: “The Ministry of Health’s transformation with VMware shows the power of multi-cloud to re-invent healthcare with highly efficient use of resources, and unleash new levels of agility and innovation. We look forward to working in partnership with the MoH as it continues to move workloads to the new environment and offer more cloud-enabled services to healthcare providers across the country.”

The MoH intends to deploy more VMware solutions in the coming months, including VMware Carbon Black for enhanced cybersecurity, VMware Workspace One for secure distributed working, and Tanzu to enable Kubernetes in vSphere, which will provide additional application development capabilities to Saudi Arabia’s public healthcare providers.

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