Revera launches its first customer on Microsoft Azure Stack hybrid cloud

02-Feb-2018



The iMoko app required easy scalability ahead of an expected surge in New Zealand and Pacific Island users.

Revera is gearing up to promote its Azure Stack services through owner Spark and partners Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Computer Concepts Limited (CCL) in New Zealand, after launching its first client onto the hybrid cloud platform.

School-based digital health organisation iMoko supports more than 8,000 children through its app, which enables remote diagnosis of non-serious conditions such as skin infections, strep throat and other health problems.

New funding and contracts are set to boost patient numbers, with plans to extend the health programme to Pacific nations likely to add even more.

Founder and managing director Dr Lance O’Sullivan said the move to Azure Stack was designed to keep pace with such surge in demand.

“We are extremely excited about linking with a New Zealand digital cloud company to help us achieve our aspirations of democratising healthcare for New Zealand children and young people,” he said.

Revera’s Azure Stack offering, built on HPE’s ProLiant server platform, went live in December and is available through the hosting and cloud provider's multi-cloud management suite CloudCreator.

Other providers such as OneNet, Umbrellar and Datacom have also announced Azure Stack services locally as the hybrid cloud market becomes increasingly productised.

Revera CEO Robin Cockayne said the business is making the country’s largest investment in Microsoft hybrid cloud technology.

“We’ve staked our future on hybrid cloud and providing smart tools and pathways to ensure our clients get the best from the cloud,” he said.

“Clients expect to work in a multi-cloud, multi-vendor world and value a partner who can guide workload management and optimise configuration.

"That’s where we help – providing interconnected platforms and tools that deliver the best of both worlds: a blend of public cloud services and private, locally-based options in one ecosystem.”

Meanwhile, iMoko CTO Nate Walker said the organisation had to move quickly to dial up the speed and performance of the app.

As a result, the company decided to deliver its back-end LAMP stack from Azure Stack by CloudCreator, triggered when the executive team saw the opportunity to spin up new servers and balance cloud architecture across private and public Azure cloud platforms.

One month down the track, iMoko’s app was running much faster, Walker said.

"The speed is incredible," he said. "It works well with connections into the rural Far North; our teachers and community volunteers say the app is much faster than it used to be, which makes me very happy."

Revera digital health lead and practicing hospital doctor, Dr Will Reedy, said iMoko’s quick adoption of hybrid cloud demonstrated the ease of use of the offering.

"That’s the beauty of Azure Stack by CloudCreator – clients work with one global standard to deploy apps on both private and public platforms – everything looks and works the same," he said.

Other Revera healthcare customers moving to the cloud include the Ministry of Health, Homecare Medical, Waikato DHB and Western Bay of Plenty PHO.

Launched last year, Revera’s digital health practice is part of the provider's commitment to digitise patient care for consumers and providers using cloud computing and partner technology.

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