Virgin Care selects Redcentric for major VDI contract

04 July 2017

Managed services provider Redcentric has announced its largest deal to date for the provision of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI). It has signed a contract to supply Virgin Care with an initial 2000 user capacity VDI environment, worth in excess of £2.5 million over five years.

Virgin Care, one of the UK’s leading private providers of front line NHS and social care services, has adopted VDI as its technology of choice. “This is an example of Virgin Care investing in technology to increase the pace at which we can transform front line services” explains Parker Moss, Chief Technology Officer. “Taking on large service contracts requires extensive and rapid IT provisioning and a smooth, measured transition. Redcentric’s VDI solution, with its fully managed and supported delivery and ability to scale quickly, allows us to provide our teams with clinical, social care and back office systems at the touch of a button, enabling fast onboarding and centralised management.

But as Virgin Care’s Parker Moss explains, VDI offers more than just an agile deployment and resilient, high-grade infrastructure:

“It also gives us the perfect opportunity to reengineer the front end experience, to give clinicians and healthcare staff a desktop that actually works for them and their patients. Healthcare professionals can waste an awful lot of time logging in and out of different systems and loading different applications; through the use of single sign-on and persistent connections, we can remove this frustration, free up that time for colleagues to spend that time focusing on patient care, and give all of our colleagues a consistent and standardized IT service. Redcentric is giving us a hugely flexible and functional platform which we can use as a springboard to optimise both IT delivery and care provision.”

Commenting on the contract award, Fraser Fisher, Redcentric’s Chief Executive Officer, said:

“This is another significant win for Redcentric within the health and social care sector and we are delighted to be supporting Virgin Care in the pursuit of their transformational agenda. The fact that this is a VDI deal also highlights the breadth and appeal of our managed service portfolio: we are now engaged with the sector on multiple fronts delivering multiple technologies, from our networking capabilities underpinning our appointment as the HSCN’s Peering Exchange provider, to point solutions such as enterprise IP voice and WLAN deployments.”