Virtual computing: A simple prescription for cost-efficient, scalable growth
Centene Corporation is a leading U.S. healthcare company that provides programs and services to individuals receiving benefits under government-assisted programs including Medicaid. The company´s recent double-digit growth put pressure on IT to become more agile and cost efficient, to achieve its goal of entering new markets swiftly. By adopting an end-to-end virtual computing environment, the company was able to accelerate entry into new geographic markets and bring up new health plans quickly, taking full advantage of local resources centrally supported.
The company standardized on a desktop and server virtualization solution from Citrix to deliver over 600 applications to its 3,600 employees across ten states. Centene saved $850,000 in PC refresh costs by replacing thousands of older, less energy-efficient PCs with thin clients, providing a greener computing environment.
In the datacenter, Centene reduced server sprawl, while saving more than $100,000 annually in power and cooling costs, rack space and support staff. Server virtualization dramatically cut provisioning time from hours to just minutes, allowing IT staff to be less reactive, and more proactive in its allocation of resources to support the business.
Centene´s core philosophy is that quality healthcare is best delivered locally through a dispersed point-of-care network with centralized support operations. Citrix virtualization technology provides a scalable, stable shared desktop environment for every user; whether task, knowledge or mobile workers from headquarters, home or distributed points-of-care. Having a flexible infrastructure makes Centene more agile, providing a competitive edge in many markets.