Helping research bodies share vital information, smoothly

The background

The Francis Crick Institute is a biomedical research centre in London. They’re a partnership between Cancer Research UK, Imperial College London, King's College London, the Medical Research Council, University College London and the Wellcome Trust. They needed a safe, secure and supported home for their intranet; a tool vital for helping coordinate their life-saving medical research.

When you're coordinating complex scientific research and pulling together a consortium of institutions, a flexible means of efficiently connecting and sharing knowledge is critical. That's why the Francis Crick Institute chose Drupal for their intranet. They also needed a place to securely host it.

What happened

Our rigorous approach to security and management means they can relax, knowing their software is carefully managed, patched, and backed by an ISO 27001 certified security management framework. With us, backups are organised and tested, configuration is version controlled, and communication channels are open for any questions.

Additionally, their server hardware and network is fully managed by us and backed by Amazon Web Services, with a 99.95% uptime SLA and high availability, multi-zone options available.

Our "ask us anything" support allows them to focus on improving the way Drupal helps them communicate in every way, and our approach and flexibility means they can engage with our expert team as and when they need, across a range of topics, not just Drupal.

The outcome

We helped them streamline their development workflow, platformed on Github, with additional tools, like our customisable Jenkins deployment scripts and automated testing. We also worked with them on Docker instances for feature branches, so they can view new features in a dedicated environment and even test them on live audiences within the research community.

And because we sell servers, if they want to add more sites to their servers at a later date there's no extra cost.

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