CGI’s Managed Azure Service delivers commodity-priced approach to managing and maintaining Azure services for our customers.
We will take-on the design, implementation and management burden and help free-up customers’ technical resources allowing them to concentrate on helping grow and improve their businesses.
- Monthly utility platform with aggregated hourly billing based on useage.
- A Single Point of Contact for multiple cloud providers
- IT department delivered alongside Public Cloud resources.
- A variety of service options to suit clients’ needs
- VMs managed from UK sovereign NOC. Offshore option if required
- Azure SLA's offers infrastructure up to 99.95% availability
- All services backed up by CGI’s UK 5* Service Desk
- 24x7x365 monitoring of systems with real-time alerting
- Adherence to governance, regulation, compliance
- Granularity of options to match cloud utility environment types
- Enhanced security provision through greater visibility
- 24x7x365 monitoring of systems with real-time alerting
- Adherence of governance, regulation, compliance
- Greater choice of options to suit workload & environment types
- Hourly based consumption pricing, reported and charged monthly
- Greater agility and automation
- Onshore or offshore support options
- Includes in-country, UK-based Azure hosting
- Known, comodity pricing
£22.07 per virtual machine per month
|Service constraints||Microsoft Azure is accredited up to a protective marking of 'OFFICIAL'|
|Email or online ticketing support||Email or online ticketing|
|Support response times||30 mins|
|User can manage status and priority of support tickets||Yes|
|Online ticketing support accessibility||None or don’t know|
|Phone support availability||24 hours, 7 days a week|
|Web chat support||Yes, at an extra cost|
|Web chat support availability||24 hours, 7 days a week|
|Web chat support accessibility standard||None or don’t know|
|How the web chat support is accessible||Web chat is accessed from the user self-service portal|
|Web chat accessibility testing||None or don't know|
|Onsite support||Yes, at extra cost|
|Support levels||Full support of CGI services are provided as standard via the CDI Service Desk. The Service Desk is open 24x7x365 and is manned by 1st/2nd line technical support engineers to support Cloud instances and a range of technologies hosted on those cloud instances. The service desk has direct escalation to 3rd line support and onward escalation to product vendors.|
|Support available to third parties||Yes|
Onboarding and offboarding
1. Through Consultation and engagement
2. Our Service includes the provision of up to 10 Virtual Servers for Management or workload purposes. These include Active Directory for user and device management and terminal services to allow management of the Azure entities to be managed"
|Other documentation formats||Microsoft Word|
|End-of-contract data extraction||Should a client wish to exit the service entirely a formal Service Request will be required. This will instigate the Off-Boarding processes.|
|End-of-contract process||A client specific project will be initiated in order to ensure all data, communication lines, trusts and certificates are correctly managed. This will be scheduled in agreement between the client and CGI|
Using the service
|Web browser interface||Yes|
|Using the web interface||It is the same interface as provided by Microsoft|
|Web interface accessibility standard||None or don’t know|
|How the web interface is accessible||Refer to Microsoft|
|Web interface accessibility testing||The Microsoft Azure Portal is managed and maintained by Microsoft.|
|What users can and can't do using the API||
"All actions that you can perform by the GUI can be achieved via API.
Microsoft Azure provides a range of native APIs using Visual Studio and PowerShell.
The Service Management API provides programmatic access to much of the functionality available through the Azure Management Portal. "
|API automation tools||Other|
|Other API automation tools||The Service Management API is a REST API.|
|API documentation formats||HTML|
|Command line interface||Yes|
|Command line interface compatibility||Other|
|Using the command line interface||The Native Microsoft Azure add-in for PowerShell provides a comprehensive command-line interface for managing services in Azure|
|Independence of resources||For Virtual Servers, CGI provide detailed Availability and Capacity Planning metrics. CGI can also implement Microsoft Azure scale sets and auto scaling to ensure appropriate capacity is available to meet the workload|
|Infrastructure or application metrics||Yes|
|Other metrics||This is configurable depending on the Azure service in question|
|Reporting types||Real-time dashboards|
|Supplier type||Reseller providing extra features and support|
|Organisation whose services are being resold||Microsoft (Public Cloud, IaaS, PaaS and SaaS)|
|Staff security clearance||Other security clearance|
|Government security clearance||Up to Developed Vetting (DV)|
|Knowledge of data storage and processing locations||Yes|
|Data storage and processing locations||European Economic Area (EEA)|
|User control over data storage and processing locations||Yes|
|Datacentre security standards||Complies with a recognised standard (for example CSA CCM version 3.0)|
|Penetration testing frequency||At least every 6 months|
|Penetration testing approach||‘IT Health Check’ performed by a Tigerscheme qualified provider or a CREST-approved service provider|
|Protecting data at rest||
|Data sanitisation process||Yes|
|Data sanitisation type||Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation|
|Equipment disposal approach||Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001|
Backup and recovery
|Backup and recovery||Yes|
|What’s backed up||
CGI provides management of the backup of:
• Virtual Machine Data Disks backups
• SQL data
SQL Database automatically performs a combination of full database backups weekly, differential database backups hourly, and transaction log backups every five minutes to protect your business from data loss.
These backups are stored in geo-redundant storage for 35 days for databases in the Standard and Premium service tiers and seven days for databases in the Basic service tier . If the retention period for your service tier does not meet your business requirements, you can increase the retention period by changing the service tier.
|Datacentre setup||Multiple datacentres|
|Scheduling backups||Users schedule backups through a web interface|
|Backup recovery||Users can recover backups themselves, for example through a web interface|
|Data protection between buyer and supplier networks||Private network or public sector network|
|Data protection within supplier network||IPsec or TLS VPN gateway|
Availability and resilience
|Guaranteed availability||Regional pairs are enabled by default in Windows Azure Storage, helping to ensue that applications are resilient during datacentre failures. In regional pairing, Azure asynchronously replicates data from a primary location to a secondary location within the same region. An Azure region is an area within a geography containing one or more datacentres.|
|Approach to resilience||Applications resiliency helps ensure that during either a planned or unplanned maintenance event, at least one virtual machine will be available and meet the 99.9%|
The native Azure console provides alerts for IaaS, PaaS and SaaS by email as default. In addition, CGI has developed a proactive alerting solution for Azure using Microsoft webhooks. This takes the URL calls produced by webhooks and can deliver alerts in 3 ways:
• Email to a resolver group
• Direct import to CGI's enterprise ITSM tool, Remedy. This raises a ticket targeted at the resolver queue embedded in the URL call
• Integration with CGI's enterprise control bridge
In addition, CGI also provide Virtual Server OS health monitoring using BMC patrol. This also extends to a range of other technologies such as:
• MS SQL database
• Internet Service Monitoring – IIS, Apache, Tomcat
• Integration of 3rd party solution (WUG, Nagios, IBMD, HPOV, WUG, SPLUNK, Ops centre, MySQL
Identity and authentication
|Other user authentication||
CGI members requiring access to customer's resources and environments within Azure use a secure site-site VPN to establish a secure connection. Credential authentication is done via Active Directory installed as part of the initial service setup for each customer and is unique to them.
Microsoft Azure resources themselves are administered through the Azure portal, which provides access to all virtual machines, databases, cloud services, and other resources configured for the customer’s account. Web access to the Azure portal is secured by industry-standard Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 connections using 2048-bit RSA/SHA256 encryption keys, as recommended by CESG/NCSC .
|Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels||CGI employs their Enhanced Security Program to ensure that CGI members have appropriate access only to the customer Azure subscriptions to which they are authorized. This allows shared CGI resolver groups to manage individual customer assists and services in Azure securely and with appropriate controls.|
|Access restriction testing frequency||At least every 6 months|
|Management access authentication||Dedicated link (for example VPN)|
|Devices users manage the service through||
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||User-defined|
|Access to supplier activity audit information||Users have access to real-time audit information|
|How long supplier audit data is stored for||User-defined|
|How long system logs are stored for||At least 12 months|
Standards and certifications
|ISO/IEC 27001 certification||Yes|
|Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001||AFNOR UK Ltd (UKAS Registration No.022)|
|ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date||08/06/2016|
|What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover||
Nothing is NOT covered.
The following IS covered from a Technical perspective: Provision of outsourcing services including managed infrastructure services, contact centre services, service desk services, management of print and email, application development, maintenance and support services.
The following IS covered from a Business perspective: The provision of outsourcing, project and consultancy services, including development and delivery activities, plus the management of people, technologies and physical security.
|ISO 28000:2007 certification||No|
|CSA STAR certification||No|
|Other security certifications||No|
|Named board-level person responsible for service security||Yes|
|Security governance certified||Yes|
|Security governance standards||CSA CCM version 3.0|
|Information security policies and processes||
Our security, information security and data protection management system for CGI is established through the Enterprise Security Management Framework (ESMF). The framework applies to the work we conduct for ourselves and for clients under UK contracts. All CGI UK members and contractors are expected to comply with its principles and processes.
The ESMF is comprised of:
• A first level suite of security policies and security requirements that apply across the CGI enterprise.
• A second level set of standards set out how these policies and requirements are met, these being detailed within the following operational categories:-
Access Control- Operations- Technology- Applications- Data management- HR and Organisation- Physical
Microsoft uses OSA to minimize risk by helping to ensure that on-going operational activities follow rigorous security guidelines and by validating that guidelines are actually being followed effectively. When issues arise, a feedback loop helps ensure that future revisions of OSA contain mitigations to address them.
|Configuration and change management standard||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Configuration and change management approach||
Good configuration management processes ensure that knowledge of the assets which make up the service, along with their configuration and dependencies, are known and accurate.
Good change management processes ensure any changes to the service (which could have an effect on its security) are identified and managed. They should also lead to detection of unauthorized changes.
CGI has a robust configuration and change management process that defines the configuration plan, deliverables, roles/people responsible and the change process to be followed if deviation from standard configuration is required. Deviation (change) requires signoff from both client and CGI and is closely tracked.
|Vulnerability management type||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Vulnerability management approach||Vulnerability management. Occasionally, vulnerabilities will be discovered which, if left unmitigated, will pose an unacceptable risk to the service. Robust vulnerability management processes are in place within Microsoft Azure to identify, triage, and mitigate vulnerabilities.|
|Protective monitoring type||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Protective monitoring approach||
CGI provide Pro-active system monitoring via BMC Patrol linked to our control bridge. This helps ensure the effectiveness of the controls that are adopted and to verify conformity to the Microsoft and CGI security policies/ standards.
The Microsoft Azure platform provides protective monitoring which allows a service provider to detect and respond to attempted and successful attacks, misuse, and malfunction.
Operational Security Assurance (OSA) is a framework that incorporates the knowledge gained through a variety of resources that are unique to Microsoft, such as the Microsoft Security Response Centre (MSRC), and incorporates deep awareness of the cybersecurity threat landscape.
|Incident management type||Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402|
|Incident management approach||
CGI operate an ITIL aligned incident management process with associated procedures for security related incidents. The process has a clearly defined governance framework, including roles & responsibilities, clear policies and associated KPIs.
CGI provide a single point of contact for any issues related to the Azure platform. Regardless of the Microsoft Premier Support Agreement owner (CGI or the customer), CGI has a direct path to Microsoft and can open and track incidents against the appropriate Premier Support agreement number.
In such cases, CGI escalate to the global Microsoft 24x7 incident response service.
|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||Hyper-V|
|How shared infrastructure is kept separate||
Microsoft Azure was designed to help identify and counter risks inherent in a multitenant environment. Data storage and processing is logically segregated among consumers of Azure using Active Directory and functionality specifically developed for multitenant services, which aims to ensure that consumer data stored in shared Azure data centres is not accessible by another organisation. In Azure, one customer’s subscription can include multiple deployments, and each deployment can contain multiple VMs. Azure provides network isolation at several points:
Each deployment is isolated from other deployments. Multiple VMs within a deployment are allowed to communicate with each other through private IP-addresses.
|Price||£22.07 per virtual machine per month|
|Discount for educational organisations||No|
|Free trial available||No|
|Pricing document||View uploaded document|
|Skills Framework for the Information Age rate card||View uploaded document|
|Service definition document||View uploaded document|
|Terms and conditions document||View uploaded document|