The London School of Economics
World renowned academic institution's website infrastructure is managed by iomart hosting
The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) took the major step of outsourcing its presence on the internet. It believes it is the first higher education establishment in the UK to use an external provider to host its institutional website.
Traditionally, universities have tended to keep their website in-house but with LSE implementing a new content management system (CMS) and launching a new and improved website; it decided that it was necessary to work with a specialist managed hosting partner to guarantee the availability of its online presence.
iomart Hosting co-designed, built, and maintains a hardware platform that supports LSE's website on fully secure servers located away from LSE's London campus.
Stephen Emmott, head of web services in LSE's communications department said: "Like most universities we have managed and hosted our institutional website on-site. In recent years we -including our colleagues in LSE's IT Services- have come to the view that the level of service we require, particularly 24/7/365 availability, requires the services of an external supplier. We need to ensure that if there were any on-site problems, for instance with power, it wouldn't affect the use of our website. It's a good example of how the boundaries between academic institutions and the commercial sector can be developed into mutually beneficial relationships."
iomart Hosting, also developed with the LSE on a full project plan which included the complex migration of the website, ensuring that there was no disruption to the 400 web editors, or downtime to the 100,000 pages and 350 subsites.
The decision by LSE to have its new website hosted externally has enabled improvement in reliability and functionality. As a result, this has allowed it to increase the wealth of information it can now offer to both students and the wider population.
Stephen Emmott added:"Turning to iomart Hosting has proved very successful. Their expertise in offering individual solutions to a range of private and public sector clients combined with our own in-house teams' expertise has enhanced our capability and capacity to deliver. This is especially so given the support we have had from our own IT services department without whose support outsourcing would not have been viable."
"The outcome is a bigger and more reliable website that has a secure online presence, which opens further our academic expertise to the world. In part this has been possible because iomart Hosting has been prepared to go the extra mile for us when necessary to resolve the challenges that come with the web and outsourcing generally."