A cloud-based Electronic Lab Notebook offers unparalleled access to your data from any device, anywhere in the world. A drawback when working with cloud-based applications, however, is the limited option for the storage of large data files. Besides the bottleneck of bandwidth when uploading large files, storage of large data sets in the cloud is costly. Many research laboratories generate terabytes of data, for instance with live-cell imaging, genomics, or proteomics research, that cannot be linked efficiently in a cloud-based ELN. A frequently used workaround for this problem is to store data files on a local server and refer to those files in the ELN. However, this solution is not compliant with 21 CFR part 11 and GxP, as files can be modified without updating the reference in the ELN. Besides the fact that labs are often also reluctant to store confidential or patient data in the cloud, this limitation is one of the main reasons for not choosing a cloud-based ELN solution.
Although an On-Premises installation is a good solution for storing large data files, it does not enable organisations to benefit from the advantages of a managed hosted cloud solution. With eLabHybrid, however, organisations find a suitable solution as it allows the association of large files on a local server in a cloud-hosted application. Once eLabHybrid is installed on a local server, all files will automatically be stored on that local server, while your eLabJournal remains hosted in the cloud. Once the file is uploaded in the ELN, eLabHybrid and eLabJournal work seamlessly together to guarantee file authenticity without any transfer of data over the internet. It is even possible to disconnect eLABHydrid entirely from the internet, without any impact on its usability on the local network. Therefore, with eLabHybrid you can benefit from all the advantages of working in the cloud while offering an offline and compliant solution for the storage of large data files.
eLabHybrid is a 21 CFR part 11 and GxP compliant solution. Files are locally stored and accessible in the eLabJournal ELN while guaranteeing file authenticity. The entire audit trail of file modifications is logged automatically. eLabHybrid is available for both Cloud or Private Cloud installation. If your organisation is interested in using eLabHybrid, please contact us for more information. Also, have a look at our On-Premises installation for other possibilities of storing files locally.