Revera launches first customer on Azure Stack

Digital health provider iMOKO lifts-off on Azure Stack by CloudCreator

Cloud services provider Revera has launched its first client on Azure Stack, with digital health provider iMOKO live on the Spark-owned provider’s locally-hosted Microsoft hybrid cloud platform.

The news follows the late December go-live of Revera’s Azure Stack offering, available through the company’s multi-cloud management suite CloudCreator.

Built on HPe’s ProLiant server platform, Azure Stack by CloudCreator is the country’s single largest investment in Microsoft hybrid cloud technology, said Revera CEO Robin Cockayne.

“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.”

With iMOKO in full swing, Revera is gearing up to jointly promote its Azure Stack services with Microsoft, initially through partners Spark, HPe, and CCL.

iMOKO founder and managing director Dr Lance O’Sullivan said the move to Azure Stack by CloudCreator was designed to keep pace with the demands of tens-of-thousands of new patients the health provider expects to on-board over the ​next 12 months​.

“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.

New Zealand's leading school-based digital health organisation​, iMOKO supports more than 8,000 children through an ​app which enables the 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 to six figures, with plans to extend the health programme to Pacific nations likely to add thousands more.

iMOKO chief technology officer Nate Walker said the organisation had to move quickly to dial up the speed and performance of the iMOKO app, and made the decision to deliver its backend LAMP stack from Azure Stack by CloudCreator when the executive team saw the opportunity to spin up new servers and balance cloud architecture “at the flick of a switch” across lookalike private and public Azure cloud platforms.

One month down the track, iMOKO’s app was running much faster, he said. “The speed is incredible. 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,” said Walker.

Revera’s digital health lead and practicing hospital doctor Dr Will Reedy said iMOKO’s quick adoption of hybrid cloud showed just how easy it was to work in the cloud.

“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.

iMOKO joins a growing list of Revera healthcare clients shifting to the cloud, including Ministry of Health, Homecare Medical, Waikato DHB, and Western Bay of Plenty PHO.

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

date_range 02 February 2018