How one cancer charity has improved its donor data management

Service Management

by Claire Vanner| 19 February 2014

Anthony Nolan moved its bone marrow register to the cloud.

As the UK's leading bone marrow register, Anthony Nolan handles data for over 500,000 donors, when someone's life literally hangs in the balance. This means that data resilience and security is of the upmost importance for the charity.

Anthony Nolan's database enables the charity to provide over 1,000 blood cancer patients with a matching stem cell donor every year. The charity has selected Exponential-e's private Cloud infrastructure and a virtual private LAN service (VPLS) to support the longevity of this service as the volume of the critical data continues to grow.

With over 60,000 new donors registering per year, the rapid growth of the organisation and the volume of data meant it was essential for Anthony Nolan to safeguard the management of its data to ensure business continuity.

"Our database is accessed 24 hours a day and is essential in ensuring people with blood cancer have the best chance of finding a match. We need to ensure our data is safe, accessible and available at all times, now and in the future," said Anil Majevadia, IT director at Anthony Nolan.

By migrating its servers to Exponential-e's tier 3 data centres, connected using its virtual private LAN, Anthony Nolan is able to extend its own network to capture all of its offices on one private WAN, significantly enhancing the control and security of its network. The network also provides dual resilience enabling further contingency and security. This is critical for Anthony Nolan to continue expanding and increasing the research and services it provides.

Majevadia added: "As we continue growing year on year this demand is only increasing and we need to ensure we have the ability to expand our capacity in the future. By moving to Exponential-e's datacentre and migrating to its VPLS layer 2 network we have future proofed the organisation."

Mukesh Bavisi, MD, Exponential-e, said "With large amounts of sensitive data it's essential to adopt a Cloud infrastructure that is highly secure and private, but also retains the benefits of flexibility that Cloud infrastructure promises. Anthony Nolan has recognised the importance of combining a flexible Cloud environment with a fast and secure network to ensure it achieves this level of resilience and security."

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