Moving Your Company to the Cloud

Robert Lemos tells the story of Biogen Idec, a biotechnology firm that moved its business into the cloud and learned lessons about flexibility, finance and data security along the way.

One biotechnology company that sought to support its researchers by moving data from its in-house servers to virtual ones—the cloud—found more flexibility and financial savings along the way. "When Biogen Idec considered a move to the cloud, cost savings was not the primary concern. For a biotechnology company that lives and dies by its research division, the ability to quickly spin up computer resources for its scientists was far more important. A pioneer in treatments for multiple sclerosis, Biogen Idec needed to quickly assign computing resources to support its researchers."