LSE is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. It is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching spans the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance and, as the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise found, it has the highest percentage of world-leading research of any university in the UK.

With over 9,000 students and almost 200 study programmes available, LSE generates huge amounts of information every day that needs to be appropriately managed and securely stored. Historically, all of the data produced by the university was stored in two on-site data centres. However, as one of these data centres neared the end of its life, LSE looked to Sungard Availability Services to take over its data centre operations and provide resilience in the face of any interruptions or unplanned disruptions.