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As Pandemic Healthcare Needs Change, Data Centers Handle Demand

Harris Health System depends on FIBERTOWN data centers for expanding IT infrastructure requirements

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced closings around the country in the spring of 2020, it also forced businesses to pivot operations online.

Across business verticals, IT services were pushed to shift from what used to be centralized services in office buildings to 100% work-from-home environments.

The increased demand for data center space and services continues to impact all industries. Healthcare is a prime example.

Harris Health System utilizes FIBERTOWN data centers

Harris Health System is a fully integrated healthcare system that cares for residents of Harris County, Texas.

It includes 18 community health centers, five same-day clinics, five school-based clinics, three multi-specialty clinic locations, a dental center and dialysis center, mobile health units, and two full-service hospitals.

Harris Health System serves the nation’s third-most-populous county and it includes one of only two level 1 trauma centers serving Houston, Texas.

A 2014 partnership with FIBERTOWN allowed Harris Health System to utilize colocation to support the data and systems involved in caring for patients.

At the time, colocation made the most sense operationally and financially. It would soon prove to be an important relationship as the pandemic changed how healthcare systems around the world operated.

COVID-19 pandemic shifts healthcare needs online

Many healthcare patients struggled to maintain their continuum of care as the pandemic shut down doctor’s offices and clinics.

In December, the nonprofit Physicians Foundation reported that roughly 8% of physician practices were forced to close because of the pandemic. Another 4% of physician practices are expected to shut down their offices within the next year.

Meanwhile, online healthcare has skyrocketed, providing timely and necessary support to a medical system under fire.

Ruth Reader for Fast Company writes that “The massive adoption of telehealth by doctor’s offices will have profound repercussions for how doctors interact with patients of all income brackets.” Telehealth has become a new way of life.

Infrastructure changes with the pandemic

As healthcare systems have increased their technology needs with telehealth, COVID-19 testing, and vaccine distribution, the reliance on IT infrastructure has required them to expand.

With FIBERTOWN as a partner, it has been much easier for Harris Health System to expand colocation, increase power, and upgrade Internet bandwidth seamlessly.

The flexibility and cost-effectiveness of FIBERTOWN has been a reliable backup for a healthcare system serving millions of patients in unprecedented times. Its safe, storm-proof facility easily accessed from Houston provides peace of mind and security.

For more information about colocation for your business, contact a FIBERTOWN expert today.

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The Perks of Locating Your Data Center in Texas

One key decision for organizations is choosing a data center location.

Companies look for a data center market offering competitive options, low hazard risk, tax incentives, and business-friendly environments.

If you have a business with infrastructure requirements, you should be considering Texas.

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Maintaining an Efficient Healthcare Enterprise IT Infrastructure

Healthcare systems are often rapidly changing.

They might grow to accommodate expanded regional healthcare needs or due to mergers and acquisitions.

For IT, properly constructed enterprise infrastructure is essential to assure productivity and the much larger challenge of controlling costs. Continue Reading “Maintaining an Efficient Healthcare Enterprise IT Infrastructure”

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2021-2022 Trends Across Industries

As the world starts to look toward 2021-22 for strategic business planning, we know that we’re not going to come out of the pandemic and go back to what we were.

The business landscape looks a lot different now than in Q4 2019.

Forecasting is also very tough — but trying to anticipate what the trajectory is going to be for your organization helps to guide you on how you’re going to emerge from the pandemic.

Focusing on organizational agility will help businesses be successful as we step into a new future phase.

Here are a few trends that emerged in 2020 and that will continue to be of interest as companies put together strategic plans for 2021-2022. 

Remote work and security

When the pandemic forced workers and students to remote locations, it was often last-minute and haphazard. Some offices allowed workers to bring anything they needed to set up a home office, while others offered a set dollar amount to fund the relocation.

One problem with the rush to work and study from home is that support organizations have been hammered by problems resulting from the lack of consistency in routers and hardware.

Three trends that will help smooth the transition in 2021-22 include branded office bundles, WAN-connected laptops to address bandwidth issues, and improved cameras and sound in laptops.

VoIP, phone systems and Zoom: synonymous with 2020

Zoom, which grew from a startup in 2011 to going public in 2019, became a household name during the pandemic.

From business calls to holiday family Zoom calls, voice over internet protocol (VoIP) has boomed over the past year. Other existing large corporate tools such as Cisco’s Webex, Microsoft’s Teams, Google Hangouts, GoToMeeting, and Verizon’s BlueJeans are also providing state-of-the-art videoconferencing systems, facilitating remote work across the globe.

This sector is primed to see an influx of startups in the next few years, as we recognize the shift to remote meetings instead of required in-person roundtables.

Mergers & Acquisitions

While the pandemic did slow down the merger and acquisitions market for a while, it has surged at the end of 2020. Here’s a summary of the biggest M&As so far this year.

  • In February, Fintech giant, Intuit (INTU) announced that it would be acquiring Credit Karma for approximately $7.1 billion.
  • Just Eat Takeaway entered into an agreement to acquire Grubhub (GRUB) for $7.3 billion.
  • In July, Uber (UBER) entered into a $2.65 billion deal to acquire Postmates.
  • Visa (V) announced the decision of Plaid’s acquisition for $5.3 billion in January 2020.
  • The acquisition announcement of E*TRADE (ETFC) for approximately $13 billion by Morgan Stanley (MS) in February 2020 has been one of the biggest acquisitions of 2020.
  • In February, Salesforce (CRM) announced a $1.33 billion deal to acquire Vlocity.
  • Microsoft (MSFT) acquired Affirmed Networks in April for approximately $1.35 billion.
  • Zoox has been acquired by Amazon (AMZN) for roughly $1.2 billion.
  • Koch Industries acquired the remaining equity stake in Infor held by Golden Gate Capital in a deal worth close to $13 billion.
  • In January, Insight Partners entered into an agreement to acquire Veeam in a $5 billion deal.
  • In March, BMC (a KKR portfolio company), signed a definitive agreement to purchase Compuware for an estimated $2 billion.
  • SoFi entered an agreement to acquire Galileo for $1.2 billion.

It remains to be seen how these acquisitions will affect business operations. It will be interesting to watch if buying during a soft economic market will pay off in the long run.

The changes that are here to stay

While 2020 was certainly unprecedented in how businesses across the globe worked remotely, the lessons learned over the past year will reshape how we conduct business going forward.

If you’d like to read more about business trends for the next year, check out this Forbes article about their top 10 trends for 2021.

While your business is forecasting for 2021-22, be sure to consider how you’re keeping your data safe and secure in remote environments.

Contact us today to discover how FIBERTOWN can help you with data protection in your strategic planning for 2021 and 2022.