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Pharma firms could reach compliant IT heaven with switch to cloud

10th November 2010 · Our Thoughts

iomart Hosting, which operates five UK data centres, and life science IT support specialists netexperts have joined forces to offer high-performance compliant hosted computing to pharamaceutical firms looking to combine cost savings with maintaining the integrity of their infrastructure. Pharmaceutical companies have the additional pressures of regulatory compliance as well as legal compliance issues around the data protection directive.

Nottingham-based netexperts, established in 1999, provides a full range of IT support services to over 80 clients across the UK with a strong focus on supporting regulated industries from the life sciences, finance and education sectors.

Many firms have previously preferred to keep IT systems in-house, given the heavy regulatory and data security obligations on the pharmaceutical sector, even before commercially-sensitive intellectual property is considered.

Keith Williams, director of netexperts, said: “Our focus is to ensure our clients receive the best quality service possible at the right price, whether on a large or small scale. Historically, pharmaceutical companies have been rather conservative, and rightly so, when it comes to releasing information and intellectual property outside of site boundaries.

“However, as the market evolves companies are now looking to outsource IT requirements to a partner that can address their compliance needs, and, most importantly, that they trust knows the regulations and requirements they have to work to. Working with iomart Hosting allows us to structure our IT and support services in an organised, flexible and useful manner to allow compliant use of systems, at a sensible cost.”

Sarah Haran, managing director,iomart Hosting added: “By using iomart Hosting, netexperts are guaranteed that their data remains within the UK, and by utilising our network of five ISO27001 certified data centres, is fully backed up and accessible and disaster free.”

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