Why Most Laboratories are Switching to Cloud Computing

August 17, 2017 / by Theresa Webster

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The concept of cloud computing has actually been around since the 1960s, and it wasn’t until 2006 that it started to gain traction in industry.  In contrast to the cloud, traditional methods for computing within laboratories are on-site server configurations.  This is where the laboratory maintains the hardware as well as the supporting infrastructure at their facilities.  Since the rise of internet usage and advances in technology, laboratories that have switched to cloud computing are realising the operational benefits and efficiencies.  In this article, we have highlighted the main reasons why most laboratories are switching to cloud computing and why you should too.


A laboratory would need to make substantial capital investment to build the equivalent capabilities offered by enterprise cloud service providers. In addition to the capital outlay for infrastructure, laboratories will also need to consider the on-going operational costs to maintain it.  Cost is certainly the top factor for switching to cloud computing.  As a laboratory, you get to benefit from a first-class solution at a lower price and typically with a ‘pay what you use’ model and no long-term commitments.   


As your laboratory grows, you will inevitably generate more data.  Cloud computing allows laboratories to scale their capacity accordingly to ensure the right amount of resources is provided. This includes more processing power, data storage, and bandwidth without the costs and lead-time of sourcing additional infrastructure of what would be required of a traditional on-site solution.  


Cloud service providers build and maintain the necessary components required to deliver a 24/7 operation. The industry standard for cloud computing is data backup, disaster recovery and business continuity.  Therefore, you can have peace of mind that your laboratory will have reliable access and secure data storage.

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Topics: LIMS, Project Management, Process Improvement, Return on Investment,

Theresa Webster

Written by Theresa Webster

Theresa Webster is the co-founder of Broughton Software and serves as their Director of Product Management. After studying at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte receiving a BSc in Biology and a BA in Chemistry, Theresa began her career at Broughton Laboratories, a leading UK MHRA and US FDA GMP licensed contract laboratory. In her role as a Commercial Projects Manager, she developed business start-ups from idea to fully operational divisions, in particular, the stability storage facility and software services. Theresa led the software services division to become a stand-alone business in 2012 as Broughton Software providing the industry's leading LIMS solution for Quality Control Laboratories. In her personal time, Theresa enjoys travel and fitness.