Charity Engine grid

Charity Engine grid

Ultra low-cost, low-carbon cloud computing platform based on 500,000+ desktop PCs. Simple, fast, typically 50% the cost of AWS or less.

1) High-throughput, container-based, batch computing
2) Globally distributed proxy and web crawling using residential IPs
3) Distributed petascale storage

Features

  • Compute and application hosting
  • Container service
  • Platform as a service (PaaS)
  • Search
  • Other Storage Services

Benefits

  • Low cost high throughput batch processing via any docker container
  • Crawl the web via our 500k residential IPs
  • Process scraped data on each node before returning results
  • Text classification and analysis, at scale
  • Machine learning, AI training, genetic algorithms, at scale
  • Simulations, Monte Carlo, at scale

Pricing

£1.68 to £2.80 a gigabyte

  • Education pricing available
  • Free trial available

Service documents

Framework

G-Cloud 12

Service ID

1 2 9 1 5 9 8 9 0 6 8 2 2 0 4

Contact

Charity Engine grid

Mark McAndrew

01616603201

markmcandrew@charityengine.com

Service scope

Service constraints
Technical requirements for computing, container service, and PaaS:

[A] For high-throughput, batch computing:

* LINUX: App in a docker container. Command-line UI required. Tech specs for available instance types published here: www.charityengine.com/instance-types

* WINDOWS: executable with command-line UI. Tech specs for available instance types published here: www.charityengine.com/instance-types . (Custom arrangements required.)

Input/output file size and data transfer limits may apply; contact us for details.

[B] Search:

For web crawling, target site ToS must be respected. No site logins permitted.
System requirements
N/A

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Email and discussion forums. Typical response time is 24 - 48 hours, less if an urgent enquiry
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
No
Phone support
No
Web chat support
No
Onsite support
No
Support levels
First-tier user support via email and discussion forums.
Escalated issues managed by phone, where required.
Support available to third parties
Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
Our web UI is, we hope, inuitive. No training required. (Explanatory hints are embedded in the UI)

The remote API and CLI are also straightforward; documentation is provided.
Service documentation
Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
Data is available for download during and following any processing.
End-of-contract process
Contract terms should include all costs.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Yes
Using the web interface
Users can submit, manage, and pay for data processing jobs via a simple web UI.
(And also via remote API and CLI)
Web interface accessibility standard
None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible
Simple wording, clear large fonts
Web interface accessibility testing
N/A
API
Yes
What users can and can't do using the API
Our API allows users to submit and manage work, and to collect results.
(CLI and Web interfaces are also provided.)
API automation tools
Other
Other API automation tools
In development now
API documentation
Yes
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
Command line interface
Yes
Command line interface compatibility
Linux or Unix
Using the command line interface
Our CLI allows users to submit and manage work, and to collect results.
(Remote API and Web interfaces are also provided.)

Scaling

Scaling available
Yes
Scaling type
Manual
Independence of resources
Only available/idle inventory is listed for use in the various computing interfaces (WebUI, API, CLI). These inventory displays are real-time reports.
Usage notifications
No

Analytics

Infrastructure or application metrics
Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • HTTP request and response status
  • Memory
  • Network
  • Number of active instances
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards

Resellers

Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Staff screening not performed
Government security clearance
None

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Yes
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • EU-US Privacy Shield agreement locations
  • Other locations
User control over data storage and processing locations
Yes
Datacentre security standards
Managed by a third party
Penetration testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Penetration testing approach
Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with another standard
  • Scale, obfuscating techniques, or data storage sharding
Data sanitisation process
No
Equipment disposal approach
In-house destruction process

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
No

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
TLS (version 1.2 or above)
Data protection within supplier network
TLS (version 1.2 or above)

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
Instances are provided on a “spot” basis. Charges are billed when computations are completed.
Approach to resilience
Available on request.
Outage reporting
Customers are emailed in the event of service outages.

Identity and authentication

User authentication
Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
Some features are accessed via username and password, others via an authentication key.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
Username or password
Devices users manage the service through
Directly from any device which may also be used for normal business (for example web browsing or viewing external email)

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
No audit information available
How long system logs are stored for
At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
No
ISO 28000:2007 certification
No
CSA STAR certification
No
PCI certification
No
Other security certifications
No

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
No
Security governance certified
No
Security governance approach
Multiple levels of security including digital code signing with offline code generation
Information security policies and processes
Internal processes included automated scans and scheduled audits and reviews.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
All changes are tracked in code, are regularly backed up, and are auditable.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
Vulnerabilities are monitored via automated scans and scheduled audits and reviews.
Updates are ongoing.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
Vulnerabilities are monitored via automated scans and scheduled audits and reviews.
Updates are ongoing.
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
Users report incidents via email.
Reports are provided by email and/or phone.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Supplier-defined process

Separation between users

Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart
Yes
Who implements virtualisation
Supplier
Virtualisation technologies used
Oracle VM
How shared infrastructure is kept separate
Organisations using our infrastructure are kept apart via containerization and virtualization.

Energy efficiency

Energy-efficient datacentres
No

Pricing

Price
£1.68 to £2.80 a gigabyte
Discount for educational organisations
Yes
Free trial available
Yes
Description of free trial
Free runtime and/or crawling traffic is provided to trial the service.

$200 worth, or 7 days, of service. Whichever is sooner.

Service documents

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