Acuma Solutions Limited

Cloud Native Infrastructure (Assured)

Powered by OpenStack®, Cloud Native Infrastructure provides a full suite of modern, highly scalable and flexible IaaS services that meet the expectations of today's DevOps and WebOps communities. Engineered specifically for organisations delivering true UK OFFICIAL digital cloud-native applications which are connected to the Internet, PSN, N3 and Janet networks.

Features

  • Powered by OpenStack, the open source software data centre
  • Globally backed familiar cloud platform
  • Truly open, vendor neutral
  • Access to a vast catalogue of free open source tools
  • Compatible with AWS CloudFormation via HEAT templates
  • Span your infrastructure across on-premises, private cloud and Crown Hosting
  • Assured; UK hosted by SC and NPPV cleared personnel
  • Platform spans two UK data centres separated by over 100km
  • Connect over the internet, Janet, PSN, HSCN (N3) or RLI
  • 24/7 service desk included as standard with SLA response times

Benefits

  • The most widely adopted and understood open source cloud platform
  • Active open source community of 6,000 individuals and 1,000 organisations
  • Supports the UK Public Sector desire to avoid vendor lock-in
  • Accelerate cloud development and reduce cost through sharing code
  • Leverage your existing investment in AWS technologies
  • Support your hybrid and multi-cloud cloud strategies whilst reducing risk
  • Have confidence in who has access to your data
  • Architect solutions with confidence that applications and services remain available
  • Choose the right network to connect your solution to
  • Feel supported to get the best from your application

Pricing

£0.01 per instance per hour

Service documents

G-Cloud 9

204874737202039

Acuma Solutions Limited

Jonathan Eeley

0161 241 4321

bid_team@acuma.co.uk

Service scope

Service scope
Service constraints A modern browser that supports HTML5 and HTTPS connections
System requirements
  • Requires min. 10 Mbps standard networking (includes reserved bandwidth)
  • A modern browser that supports HTML5 and HTTPS connections

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times Acuma will provide L1 support. For L2 and L3 support, Acuma provides its service responses based on UK cloud services. UK cloud aim to respond to ALL initial questions within 15 minutes during normal business hours and High Severity tickets will be answered 24/7
User can manage status and priority of support tickets No
Phone support Yes
Phone support availability 24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support No
Onsite support Yes, at extra cost
Support levels Acuma will provide L1 support. For L2 and L3 Support, Acuma will use UK cloud support model. UKCloud's standard support includes Customer Success Managers, Technical Account Managers, support engineers and a 24/7 Network Operations Centre. We aim to respond to ALL incidents within 15 minutes between 08:00-20:00 every weekday.
Support available to third parties No

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started All customers are assigned a dedicated account manager from Acuma and all new customers are assigned a Customer Success Manager from UKCloud that will provide proactive support and advise for the first 90 days. This also includes the assistance from devops and cloud architects to ensure the right solution is provisioned and maximised for the workloads, along with a range of user guides.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • ODF
  • PDF
  • Other
Other documentation formats
  • Video
  • Webminar
  • Presentations
  • Webex
End-of-contract data extraction The customer has complete autonomy of how data is stored and managed within their virtual environment. Data can be extracted either from within the VM (for example, copying data over virtual networks), or the entire VM (for example, exporting as a VMDK or AMI).
End-of-contract process We will return all your data and materials which cannot be deleted or exported by you, and securely destroy all copies of your data on your written instruction.  We will return any pre-paid sums for services not delivered to you. We will not penalise you for terminating your contract with us unless specifically stated in the Service Definition. We will also return all of your confidential information, unless there is a legal requirement that we keep it.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Using the web interface We provide a control panel allowing users to provision, manage and decommission various aspects of this service. It also allows users to interface with the UKCloud service management system including raising tickets and requests. The web interface also provides access to a comprehensive set of documentation and videos. Launch, manage and delete virtual network, compute and storage resources. Display network topology. Manage images including creation and recover of backups. Control access and security including key pairs, API access and floating IPs. Manage load balancers.
Web interface accessibility standard None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible The web interface is accessible using the most common web browsers and is delivered over various public and private networks including the internet, PSN, N3/HSCN and Janet. The web interface is protected by standards-based encryption, two-factor authentication and optionally IP address restrictions. The web interface is entirely HTML5 and does not require any auxiliary plug-ins, therefore the web interface is accessible by any modern day desktop or mobile internet browser able to support secure HTTPS connections.
Web interface accessibility testing None
API Yes
What users can and can't do using the API You can use API calls to create, manage and monitor Service Requests and view information about the components of your environment. We provide native access to underlying OpenStack APIs allowing fully programmatic control of all virtual resources such as virtual compute, storage and networking. These APIs are compatible with a wide range of open source tools such as Terraform and platforms such as AWS S3.
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • SaltStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
  • Other
Other API automation tools Jenkins
API documentation Yes
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • HTML
  • ODF
  • PDF
Command line interface Yes
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
Using the command line interface Customers can fully manage their virtual infrastructure resources including compute, storage and networking, including management of virtual images, programmatically or manually via the CLI

Scaling

Scaling
Scaling available Yes
Scaling type
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Independence of resources Acuma does not use same virtual infrastructure for 2 or more clients. The guarantee supplier UK cloud states "In order to guarantee that users are not affected by the demands from other users, we use resource reservations and shares such as internet bandwidth shaping. In addition, the capacity planning team ensure that usage in terms of all resources are constantly monitored and increased accordingly relating to user demand."
Usage notifications No

Analytics

Analytics
Infrastructure or application metrics Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • Memory
  • Number of active instances
  • Other
Other metrics
  • IP management
  • User quotas
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Reports on request

Resellers

Resellers
Supplier type Reseller providing extra features and support
Organisation whose services are being resold UKCloud

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance Up to Developed Vetting (DV)

Asset protection

Asset protection
Knowledge of data storage and processing locations Yes
Data storage and processing locations United Kingdom
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 CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with CSA CCM v3.0
  • Other
Other data at rest protection approach If Acuma is employed to provide more services like Application development or digital transformations, then Acuma will use multiple techniques like Encryption of all physical media to protect data. Else, Customers are encouraged to protect their own data using encryption technologies where only they have the decryption key. In this way, our customers are assured that their data can never be accessed by a third party.
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
Backup and recovery Yes
What’s backed up
  • Back up virtual machines
  • Virtual machines and associated data
  • Option to redeploy entire solution to different UKCloud regions
Backup controls Depending on the backup or replication service that the customer chooses, this can be done either via the API or OpenStack dashboard (Horizon)
Datacentre setup
  • Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
  • Multiple datacentres
  • Single datacentre with multiple copies
  • Single datacentre
Scheduling backups Users schedule backups through a web interface
Backup recovery
  • Users can recover backups themselves, for example through a web interface
  • Users contact the support team

Data-in-transit protection

Data-in-transit protection
Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Bonded fibre optic connections
  • Other
Other protection between networks We offer the choice of connecting:
• Via the internet using additional encryption such as TLS 1.2
• IPSec VPN tunnels
• Via private networks such as leased lines or MPLS
• Via public sector networks such as PSN, N3, Janet
Data protection within supplier network
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Other
Other protection within supplier network Acuma does not use the same virtual infrastructure for 2 or more customers. The supplier UK cloud ensures the same by "We use dedicated CAS-T circuits between each of our sites to ensure the protection of customer data in-flight. We additionally encrypt this data within our Elevated OFFICIAL platform. All data flows are also subject to our protective monitoring service."

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability 99.9% - 99.95% depending on infrastructure aspect
Approach to resilience Our service is deployed across a number of sites, regions and zones. Each zone is designed to eliminate single points of failure (such as power, network and hardware). Customers are encouraged to ensure their solution spans multiple sites, regions or zones to ensure service continuity should a failure occur.
Outage reporting All outages will be reported via the Service Status page and the notifications service within the UKCloud Portal.  Outages are identified as Planned maintenance, Emergency maintenance, and platform issues.  In addition, the designated Technical Account Manager will proactively contact customers as appropriate.

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Other
Other user authentication For online systems (e.g. Customer Portal & API interfaces), all users are required to have a unique username, password and memorable word combination. Customers may also use 2FA authentication tokens.
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels Customers have the option to raise a support request via telephone or email. UKCloud will always authenticate the identity of the user by validating known phone numbers and asking them for specific characters within their pre-agreed memorable word. The management interfaces are only available on the UKCloud network.
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication 2-factor authentication
Devices users manage the service through
  • Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)
  • Dedicated device on a government network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated device over multiple services or networks
  • Any device but through a bastion host (a bastion host is a server that provides access to a private network from an external network such as the internet)
  • Directly from any device which may also be used for normal business (for example web browsing or viewing external email)

Audit information for users

Audit information for users
Access to user activity audit information Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for Between 1 month and 6 months
Access to supplier activity audit information Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for Between 1 month and 6 months
How long system logs are stored for Between 1 month and 6 months

Standards and certifications

Standards and certifications
ISO/IEC 27001 certification Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001 LRQA
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 8th May 2012
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover Nothing
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification Yes
CSA STAR accreditation date 28th October 2016
CSA STAR certification level Level 1: CSA STAR Self-Assessment
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover Nothing
PCI certification No
Other security accreditations Yes
Any other security accreditations
  • ISO27018
  • Cyber Essentials
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • PSN
  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 20000

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security No
Security governance accreditation Yes
Security governance standards
  • CSA CCM version 3.0
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards In addition to CSA STAR, ISO27001, ISO27018 and ISO20000, this service has been formally accredited by a National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) Pan Government Accreditor (PGA) for the services provided to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Information security policies and processes UKCloud has a number of inter-connected governance frameworks in place which control both how the Company operates and the manner in which it delivers cloud services to its customers. These have been independently assessed and certified against ISO20000, ISO27001 and ISO27018 by LRQA, a UKAS accredited audit body. The Company is governed by an integrated suite of information security policies. Under the top level Information Security Policy itself are second-level documents with specific focus on Acceptable Use, Antivirus Protection, Asset Management, Business Continuity Management, Data Protection, Password Management, Personnel Management, Supply Chain Management and many others.

Operational security

Operational security
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 UKCloud has documented configuration and change management policies and processes, which have been implemented, maintained and assessed in accordance with the guidance from ITIL v.3 and the current ISO20000 standard. Formal configuration management activities, including record management and asset reporting, are monitored and validated constantly, and any identified discrepancies promptly escalated for investigation. A robust, established process for the formal submission of change requests is mandated prior to review and approval of the daily Change Advisory Board, which is attended by a quorum of operational and technical management personnel.
Vulnerability management type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach UKCloud has a documented vulnerability management policy and process, which have been implemented, maintained and assessed in accordance with the guidance from ITIL v.3 and the current ISO20000 and ISO27001 standards. Where technically possible, real-time updates and status reports are identified and sourced from credible vendor sources, which cover a significant proportion of UKCloud’s asset population. For other systems and software, assigned personnel have responsibility for regularly reviewing technical forums and specialist groups to promptly identify and evaluate any emerging patches or updates which require our attention.
Protective monitoring type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach Following best practice from the National Cyber Security Centre, UKCloud protects both its Assured and Elevated platforms with enhanced protective monitoring services (SIEM), at the hypervisor level and below. Our approach to protective monitoring continues to align with the Protective Monitoring Controls (PMC 1-12) outlined in CESG document GPG13 (Protective Monitoring for HMG ICT Systems). It includes checks on time sources, cross-boundary traffic, suspicious activities at a boundary, network connections and the status of backups, amongst many others. All alerts are immediately notified to the UKCloud NOC for prompt investigation.
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 UKCloud has a documented incident management policy and process, which have been implemented, maintained and assessed in accordance with the guidance from ITIL v.3 and the current ISO20000 and ISO27001 standards. This activity is responsible for the progression of alerts generated by automated monitoring systems, issues identified by UKCloud personnel, and incidents identified and reported to UKCloud by its customers and partners. All incidents are promptly reported into a central ticketing system, which ensures that each is promptly assigned to an appropriate resource, and its progress tracked (and escalated, as required) to resolution.

Secure development

Secure development
Approach to secure software development best practice Supplier-defined process

Separation between users

Separation between users
Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart Yes
Who implements virtualisation Supplier
Virtualisation technologies used KVM hypervisor
How shared infrastructure is kept separate At the compute/storage layer, consumers are separated via robust hypervisor controls based on Red Hat KVM technology. This solution has been previously been validated by the NCSC PGA and the implementation is regularly tested via by regular PGA scoped independent IT Security Health Checks conducted by a CHECK service provider.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency
Energy-efficient datacentres Yes

Pricing

Pricing
Price £0.01 per instance per hour
Discount for educational organisations No
Free trial available Yes
Description of free trial Description is available in the link below
Link to free trial https://ukcloud.com/free-trial-sign-up

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