Rhapsody in the Cloud Versus-On-Premises

What is better: on-premises or cloud? Many established companies wonder if it’s worth it to transition out of their on-premises technological infrastructure and move on to the cloud. In contrast, several newer companies wonder if they should invest their early capital in on-premises systems. To choose which option is right for your company, you need to be aware of the differences between on-premises and cloud-based services and infrastructure.  Though cloud-storage has been all the rage lately, some companies still believe that on-premises solutions are best suited for their business needs.
Rhapsody On-Premises Rhapsody is the enabler that brings systems together through seamless data integration. The proven, high-performing interoperability platform has built-in FHIR® capabilities and is for designed for robust and reliable acquisition and exchange of health data. Rhapsody’s comprehensive set of tools help to simplify Intelligent mapping ensures data quality and cuts the time of traditional migration and conversion by up to half, reducing cost and risk while increasing continuity of performance. Rhapsody allows healthcare organizations to seamlessly share and exchange information and future-proofs interoperability in complex healthcare environments. organizations for emerging integration patterns. For example, many enjoy the greater security that on-premises solutions and storage give their data. On-premises storage is a great option for your business because it can: Operate without internet:  One of the major upsides to on-premises storage is that it doesn’t require users to have an internet connection to access data. Though most businesses rely on the internet to conduct business, there’s always a fear that the loss of a connection could harm productivity and make it impossible to access crucial data. On-premises servers will provide you with an internal network that is accessible anytime, no matter your internet connection. Lower monthly internet costs: If your business doesn’t rely on the internet or cloud-based services, you may not need to pay for such a high-speed connection. For those with on-premises storage, the need for a strong connection with fast download speeds is reduced even further. Based on your needs, you may not have to pay for a more expensive internet plan if you don’t have to access the cloud to view files. Provide greater security: Unlike cloud-storage, which is more vulnerable to third parties and prying eyes, on-premises storage is completely restricted from anyone other than authorized personnel. On-premises servers are not accessible to those outside the network, as they are not storing the data online. For companies who handle sensitive data, like those in the financial industry, on-premises storage may be a preferred option. Offer control over server hardware:  Some companies enjoy having dedicated servers within their building to handle all their needs. Instead of having to ask a cloud storage company to upgrade their storage plan or add new features, the company can simply do the upgrades themselves. Potentially, being able to modify the server’s hardware can give savvy companies greater flexibility and customization for their storage needs.

Evaluating A Data Integration Solution

The basic tenant of data integration is moving data from sources (applications) to targets (data warehouse, data lake, etc). Our Rhapsody interoperable solutions specialize in the integration of cloud application data as well as on-premise systems to ensure that your users can access complete, current, and accurate data.

Every modern organization needs analytic insight into their data, but some are unable to achieve it. In particular, organizations with legacy systems often have huge amounts of data — both transactional and unstructured — but struggle due to silos, miscommunication and difficulty integrating various data sources and types.

One of the most important things is to make sure the kind of integration you require that is being offered by the vendors you are considering includes the majority of your company’s types of data be it transactional or structured. A hybrid approach is a growing trend in the enterprise market as it provides organizations the ability to execute integration in both on-premise and cloud environments. This reality has led to the adoption of hybrid data warehousing. A hybrid data warehouse can operate in a world of legacy on-premise systems while exploiting the potential of cutting edge technologies and deployment styles. By implementing hybrid architecture, organizations can benefit from rapid data retrieval, flexible deployment and scalability – finding strength in three areas where traditional on-premise data warehouses are lacking.

Thus, organizations are able to interchange data to and from either framework as a way to gain business agility, manage cloud delivery, and address the need for data sharing between environments. On-premise integration is certainly not dead, but a hybrid approach will set your organization up nicely for the future, even if cloud exposure is limited.

Rhapsody as a Service (RaaS) 

The benefits of Rhapsody can now be realized with Rhapsody as a Service (RaaS). By hosting Rhapsody in a cloud environment, organizations can have the powerful features of the interoperability platform with greater responsiveness, scalability, agility, and cost savings.

Like Rhapsody On-Premises, RaaS is a comprehensive, easy-to-use and innovative enabler that brings healthcare systems together through seamless data integration. By utilizing the industry-leading Amazon Web Services (AWS) or IBM Cloud® for cloud hosting, RaaS offers all of the benefits of Rhapsody with the additional advantages of the cloud. The popular implementation model allows Rhapsody to offer flexible licensing models for further cost savings. Prepare your organization for the future with added scalability and numerous benefits to help your organization now, including: cost savings, flexibility, risk reduction, increased security, faster deployment, agile development, elasticity, and more.

Compelling Benefits of a Cloud Service

Migrating from on-premises servers to cloud-based services has numerous benefits, including cost savings, flexibility, risk reduction, increased security, faster deployment, agile development, elasticity, and increased scalability. In environments that are variable, demanding and quickly evolving, cloud services can deliver greater system robustness and efficiency — for the same or less investment — while creating the opportunity for incredible innovation and transformation.

Provides Cost-Effective Healthcare Integration
Maintaining, supporting, and upgrading technology in-house can be extremely expensive, especially when new business software and hardware are being developed and released at an ever-increasing rate with no indications of slowing. A number of healthcare organizations have aging infrastructure and are now in, or approaching, the replacement cycle and the cost of replacing legacy systems can be high. RaaS has an advantage over on-premises systems, as there is no requirement or a reduced requirement for hardware. RaaS provides the latest version of Rhapsody software and configuration, allowing users to automatically and continually upgrade their systems with instant access to the latest technology.
 
Competitive Pricing
RaaS provides the ability to only pay for the infrastructure or services that are being used. Under this model there is scope for cost savings. Instead of purchasing requirements upfront, having to account for projected growth, redundancy, etc., those large initial costs can be converted to a subscription model, transforming IT infrastructure from a capital expense (CapEx) to an operational expense (OpEx) that is more predictable.
 
Increased Flexibility Through Elastic Scalability
RaaS supports scaling storage capacity, computing power, features, and support. There is no software that needs to be quickly provisioned, no staff that need to be urgently trained and no servers to decommission because requirements have changed. Flexibility is essential if organizations are to grow and adapt to meet the fast-moving landscape of healthcare demands. The flexibility that RaaS provides can translate into cost savings, as there is an opportunity to reallocate IT staff to more value-generating activities.
 
Improved Security and Compliance Adherence

Rhapsody has dedicated teams of security experts and employs best-practice security measures. This includes comprehensive auditing capabilities in addition to protection and access control. It is critical to handle healthcare data correctly and making use of a secure cloud offering is often an easier option for achieving a secure solution. RaaS provides infrastructure that is compliant with various regulations and certifications, such as HIPAA and GDPR. With a RaaS solution, Rhapsody provides off the shelf compliance and takes on the responsibility of the solution adhering to the appropriate compliance and risk best practice guidelines.

 
Reliable Access to Data
RaaS aggregates and stores data in multiple offsite locations within your organization’s region. This provides reliable access to this data if a users site becomes compromised. This is far more cost-effective as users do not need to invest in their own redundant infrastructure. RaaS provides highly available deployments, so services recover from failures automatically and quickly, minimizing or eliminating downtime. RaaS also features 24/7 pro-active monitoring and on-call expert engineers, ensuring top-quality service which is essential for acute hospitals and emergency response.
 

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