Iron Mountain® Incorporated has announced it has signed a multi-year collocation agreement with SOLABS, an Enterprise Quality Management software (eQMS) provider for life sciences companies. SOLABS will co-locate aspects of its data center operations within Iron Mountain’s underground data center complex in western Pennsylvania. 

SOLABS’ quality management software helps life sciences organizations automate quality operations and comply with Federal Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Until now, the SOLABS QM software solution has been sold to customers as licensed software and installed on the client’s network. Now, in response to customer demand, the company is preparing to offer the software as a SaaS/cloud offering. In order to make this switch, the company sought a secure and compliant data center home for this new offering. SOLABS selected Iron Mountain based on its track record of protecting customer information in secure and compliant facilities.

“Our customers entrust us to protect their electronic records, and we take that extremely seriously,” said Philippe Gaudreau, chief executive officer, SOLABS. “When we made the decision to co-locate our data center operations, we wanted our customers to have peace of mind knowing where their data is being stored. Iron Mountain is a well-known and trusted storage and information management company that already provides services to many of our life sciences clients. This seemed liked a natural fit for us.”

“We appreciate SOLABS’ business and believe our secure data center colocation facility is a perfect home for their company’s new SaaS offering,” said Mark Kidd, senior vice president and general manager, data centers, Iron Mountain. “Iron Mountain Data Centers is designed to help companies like SOLABS in highly regulated businesses. From employee training to the infrastructure of our buildings, we take a stringent approach to complying with industry-specific regulations such as PCI, FISMA and HIPAA. Our DNA in managing information assets from creation to destruction also differentiates us to these organizations. No one in today’s data center market has our track record in security and facilitating compliance.”

Gaudreau added, “We wanted a cloud platform that allows us to provide a 24/7 SaaS offering and options to our on-premise clients such as constant monitoring, remote test environments, offsite backup and disaster recovery programs. By partnering with Iron Mountain, we will move closer to our vision of ‘feeling local’ for every client, no matter where the SOLABS QM software resides.”

Based in western Pennsylvania, Iron Mountain’s underground data center is ideal for enterprises and government clients seeking an ultra-secure environment. The former limestone mine is 220 feet below ground, providing both efficient geothermal cooling and natural protection from extreme weather.