Cloud Power: How to Protect and Secure Your Biotech Startup's Data

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/13/13 2:05 PM

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way that biotech startups are thinking about IT. Having the ability to store data, run servers or applications, and security safeguards off-site can make the process of managing technology easier for most companies. Cloud solutions are changing the ways that startups set up their IT infrastructure, and also the way that established companies prepare for the challenges of the future.

Moving your data or processing power to the cloud presents exciting opportunities, but it is important to embrace the technology in a careful, measured way. Haphazardly moving all of your company's information onto cloud-based networks can create as many problems as it solves. In order to get the most out of this exciting new technology, be sure to keep the following considerations in mind.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, ITO, Big Data

The Big Data Challenges of a Biotechnology Startup Company

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/11/13 2:33 PM

Today's high-tech laboratory experiments can produce astonishing amounts of data. Some biotechnology startups have to deal with the challenge of trying to manage over a petabyte of information. To put that into context, a single petabyte is equivalent to 125,000 8GB iPhones. But even trying to store, backup, and manage tens of terabytes of data is a problem for many small biotech companies.

The average IT network is not equipped to deal with the massive data storage demands of a biotechnology startup. That is why “big data” is such a hot topic in the biotech community right now. Companies of all sizes, running a wide variety of experiments, are struggling to make the most out of the explosion of information that is coming out of their labs. In order to avoid common pitfalls, keep the following concerns in mind when you are first setting up your IT infrastructure.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, Big Data

The Anatomy of a Scalable IT Infrastructure for Biotech

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/4/13 4:17 PM

The IT needs of a biotech company, especially a small one in the initial stages of funding and research, can change overnight. Experimental breakthroughs (or failures), influxes of capital, and new contracts can cause your existing IT infrastructure to suddenly become inadequate, even ineffective. All biotech startups need to prepare for the speed and consequence of this change. If you are not ready to shift your IT capabilities as rapidly as your business needs change, workflows can slow or break down, and these processes may end up needing to be changed to meet the new demand. You could also end up with data dispersed in different locations while you try and implement a new system thus potentially putting valuable data in jeopardy.

Instead of scrambling when the needs of your company inevitably change, make sure that you have an IT plan in place from your first day in business that can scale itself to the needs of your company. Scalability is a crucial but often overlooked feature of biotech IT systems. It is never too early to find the right outsourced IT provider to help you in the early stages develop this plan. Even if you feel that you don’t have much business to offer this company, they should be interested in helping you in these early stages as there is almost guaranteed business in the future for them. As you work with your IT services provider to develop an adaptable technological base for you company, keep the following concerns in mind:

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Outsourcing, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, IT Efficiency, Biotech, Data Security, Big Data

Why Big Data is Changing How Biotech Startups Plan IT

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/23/13 5:04 PM

If there was any doubt about how important big data is to today's biotech industry, simply consider the recent donation made by Li Ka-shing, the richest man in Asia, to Oxford University. He gave $31 million to the school to help fund a research center dedicated to exploring the challenges and opportunities of big data. The Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery will employ over 600 scientists to help develop innovative ways for the biotech industry to get the most out of the massive amounts of information that their experiments are producing.

Big data has changed the IT demands of every biotech company, regardless of size. In order to be successful in today's research climate, you need to have the IT infrastructure to manage the important data your company is producing. Here are two important sources of data that many biotech companies will need to store and manage in coming years

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Big Data

The Top 3 Data Security Concerns of Startup Biotechs

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/21/13 5:10 PM

It is easy to think that your startup is too small or too new to face threats to your data security. But the simple fact is that in the current competitive climate of the biotech industry, when many companies of all sizes are rushing to develop innovations, the security of your data is more important than ever.

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Topics: IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, Big Data

How Biotech Startups are Getting the Most Out of Their Seed Funding

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/16/13 5:10 PM

Biotech startups have a lot to take care of after securing their initial round of funding. Laboratory space has to be found, equipment has to be purchased, and qualified researchers and admin staff have to be recruited. This process is flush with opportunity and excitement, but important considerations can easily be overlooked. Every biotech startup needs some kind of IT setup, but successful biotech companies invest in an IT infrastructure that can accommodate the unique challenges of biotech data storage, data types, and the management of this data. The most valuable thing you are producing with your angel investor's money is your experimental data, which means that you will need to have IT tools in place that can maximize the value and protect all of this information.

IT needs to be an important consideration for any biotech company that is trying to secure a second round of funding. In order to make the most of the money that your investors have initially given you, be sure that your IT services provider can implement a system with the following elements:

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, ITO, Big Data

Big Data Drives the IT Needs of Biotech Startups

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/14/13 5:42 PM

One of the greatest challenges facing many biotech startups, particularly in their earliest phases, is planning for the potential massive quantities of data that are generated by modern lab technologies. Many startups are simply not prepared to manage data storage requirements that can quickly rise to over 10 terabytes. But preserving, securing, and managing this biotech big data is crucial to the success of your business.

In order to better prepare your IT infrastructure for the demands of today's cutting-edge technologies, consider taking the time to plan your storage needs over the first few years and to build a system that can scale with that potential growth.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, Big Data