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Anthony Nolan finds the perfect match in Exponential-e

Pioneering blood cancer charity selects Exponential-e to provide robust and secure Cloud infrastructure

18th February, 2014

Exponential-e today announced it is to enable Anthony Nolan, the UK's blood cancer charity and bone marrow register, to safeguard its future by providing a secure and resilient infrastructure for the data at the heart of the organisation.

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

Underpinning its core business function is Anthony Nolan’s extensive global database of over 500,000 bone marrow, or stem cell, donors. Registries across the world access the database 24 hours a day in the search for a potential match for people with blood cancer. 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.

By migrating its servers to Exponential-e’s tier 3 datacentres, 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.

Marcin Fabjanczyk, Infrastructure Manager at Anthony Nolan, commented: “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. 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, Managing Director, Exponential-e, adds: “Fundamental to many organisations is the data it manages and processes, Anthony Nolan is a fantastic example of this. 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. We are delighted to work with such a life changing organisation and look forward to continuing our relationship with them in the future.”

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