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January 7, 2009

LGC boosts communication with Centralis

UK-based system for scientific organisation

By Steve Evans

LGC has partnered with Centralis to deliver corporate IT applications to LGC’s offices across Europe from a secure, centralised UK system.

LGC is international science-based company focusing on analytical, forensic and diagnostic services and reference standards. It was founded over 150 years ago as the Laboratory of the Government Chemist and now employs 1,200 people across Europe and India.

The deal is part of a wider project that will see the company install a new, scalable application delivery system. As well as partnering with Centralis, LGC will also be using Citrix Provisioning Server and XenApp 4.5.

Around 1,200 workers from LGC’s Forensics, Life & Food Sciences, Research & Technology and LGC Standards divisions will be able to access the IFS ERP system in their local language from any of its sites across the continent.

The Centralis-designed system will operate from two server rooms at LGC’s UK headquarters in Teddington, Middlesex. A third facility, dedicated to disaster recovery, is scheduled to open in early 2009.

If the company needs more server power, new Citrix Servers can be rolled out in less than 10 minutes over the virtualised environment. Updates and fixing issues that may lead to downtime should also now be much simpler, according to the company.

Stan Hughes, IT Project Manager at LGC’s Culham site, said: “By working in close partnership with Centralis, we have been able to ensure that all personnel are provided with a reliable and consistent user interface, no matter where they are. Updates to the user interface can be implemented in a matter of minutes.”

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Ewen Anderson, director at Centralis, said: “LGC is a perfect example of a successful organisation that continues to grow and diversify across different European markets. Due to this, LGC required an increasing amount of agility within its systems and it was essential to have a secure and robust system in place to support this without disruption. Within a very short space of time this has been achieved.”

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