, the world’s largest provider of services to life sciences firms around the globe, opened a new information technology services center Friday in Bangalore, India.

Quintiles is based in RTP.

However, the India Global Information Technology Operations Center will be the host for Quintiles’ private “cloud” networking and computing infrastructure. The center is more than 2,000 square feet in size and was designed  by Quintiles. The company declined to disclose the cost.

Why pick India?

"India was chosen for a combination of reasons," Quintiles spokesperson Phil Bridges told Local Tech Wire and WRAL.com. "Quintiles already has a large business presence in the Asia-Pacific region and placing our Operations Center in India allowed us to improve our IT support for that region while providing 24 X 7 X 365 support globally."

The data center is an expansion for Quintiles, Bridges noted.

"This is effectively a new service offering by Quintiles to complement and support our existing global IT service teams," he said.

"The Service Operations center is hosted in a Quintiles facility and managed by Quintiles resources staffed with a mix of resources from both Quintiles and a partner firm in India," he added.

Cloud computing enables sharing of PC power across networks on demand. Private clouds are networking environments created for corporate enterprise networks.

“We are delighted to bring our state-of-the-art global technology operations center online, a first in our industry,” said Richard Thomas, Quintiles’ chief information officer. “The center proactively identifies and resolves issues before business operations are ever impacted, anytime, anywhere.”

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