by Ashley Carter


The term “The Cloud” is fairly ubiquitous these days. We store our photos, music, and documents all on the cloud without issue. When it comes to your laboratory’s LIMS, what does hosting in the cloud really mean?



When it comes to accessing your LIMS, it’s important to know that you will be able to log on when and where you need to. A cloud LIMS is web-based, so accessing your LIMS is as simple as entering a URL. However, there is much more going on behind the scenes to make your cloud-based LIMS solution just as secure as a server-based LIMS.


LIMS providers may utilize different cloud services, so each should be reviewed for their features and your laboratory’s needs. Common LIMS providers utilize industry leaders such as Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud, all of which provide Cloud security, including data protection via encryption in transit and at rest.

Cloud platforms may also provide disaster recovery options, in the event there is ever an issue, you always have a method of recovery. Be sure to find out if your LIMS provider offers this option.

LIMS applications typically have password management options, such as complexity rules. If you need a little more than that, find out if the LIMS provider also support SAML and OpenID protocols.

Another layer of security available by hosting LIMS in the Cloud is the application of traffic restrictions utilizing ACL (access control lists). This allows only computers coming from the network to access the system.


Worry-Free Server Maintenance

Utilizing a cloud-hosted LIMS takes away the worry about keeping servers up-to-date, especially if your laboratory has limited IT support.

You also don’t have to worry about setting up redundant servers or procedures for power outage scenarios. Your LIMS provider has already taken care of all of that.

Data security and accessibility is a top priority for any company, and knowing that your LIMS provider feels the same goes a long way. Reach out to Wavefront LIMS using the “Schedule a Demo” button above and/or review our Security page here to find out more about how our cloud hosting solutions can keep your system running and secure.


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