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Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult


Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult




Infrastructure Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Disaster Recovery
Internet Connectivity

Our Role:

Creation of Paas Dell environment with full DR

Services Provided:

Host 'it'

Secure 'it'

Recover 'it'

Manage 'it'

Connect 'it'


Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult was established as a centre of innovation and excellence in 2012, to create a world-leading cell therapy industry in the UK. Supported by the UK Government, their mission is to drive the growth of the industry by helping cell therapy organisations across the world translate early stage research into commercially viable therapies.

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult had no current systems in place or in use, and currently have all of their services provided via a software as a service solution. As the business outgrew the current infrastructure a new Platform as a Service (PaaS) model was required.

The Proposal

Rockford proposed to create a dedicated, scalable and secure PaaS DELL environment with a full Disaster Recovery platform to be hosted in a separate data centre to ensure maximum uptime SLA & performance. The data centre also has to conform to Tier 3, ISO:27001 and N+1 standards. Dual Internet connections and a pair of WatchGuard 5 series firewalls would be installed to allow for complete high availability to the PaaS infrastructure.

The Result

Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult have their own PaaS solution in place with scalability to meet their growth requirements for the next 3-5 years. They can offer a redundant platform for new cell therapy organisations globally and add sites onto the current infrastructure. Resilient high bandwidth services up to 1000Mbps per second are also available.


“I have been using Rockford IT`s services for several years, and they have always been both professional and highly competent, whether it is answering a simple question or providing high level technical solutions. Having used Rockford IT services at the many different companies that I have worked at, is a testament to the service and support they have provided to me and the companies that continue to use their service, long may it continue.”

Gary Dodge
Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult (Head of IT)