One of the most discussed topics currently affecting good manufacturing practices (GMP) laboratories, data integrity involves conforming to fundamental elements of quality: attributable, legible, contemporaneous, original, and accurate (ALCOA). Of these, legibility presents a particularly tough challenge.
Virtual systems offer flexibility not available to more traditional hardware systems. This can be useful in helping to ensure better compliance to data integrity requirements. However, virtualisation can be expensive to install and maintain and also requires a higher level of IT competence to manage.
Find out more about data legibility and the practicalities of virtualisation, including using a virtual machine (VM) as a layer between the operating system and the hardware, obstacles to virturalising a retired data system, and an outline of what virtualisation is and how it can help.