UKN Group Limited

UKN Group IaaS

UKN provide expertise and services in Private and Public Cloud Hosting, Consultancy, Management and Licensing. UKN provides services on highly secure, HSCN/N3 (optional) cloud platforms which provide cutting edge, highly resilient features which spans globally to build, deploy and host whatever you want, wherever you want.


  • Private IaaS Cloud Hosting (highly secure UK based datacentres)
  • Public IaaS Cloud Hosting (Microsoft Azure)
  • IaaS Cloud Management (updates & patches)
  • 24/7 Monitoring & Support in UK Network Operations Centre (NOC)
  • Private and Public Cloud - IaaS Expert Consultancy
  • Hybrid Integration across business premises
  • Licensing included or Bring Your Own License (BYOL)
  • Business apps integration and support (supported apps only)
  • Disaster Recovery (DRaaS) & Robust Encrypted Backups


  • Pay Only for What You Use
  • Consult with the fully accredited Azure IaaS experts
  • Fully encrypted storage for production or backup data
  • Highly Secure VPN or ExpressRoute integration to your premises
  • Flexible cost models
  • Highly scalable infrastructure at a click of a button
  • Optional HSCN/N3 Connectivity
  • Comprehensive Usage Reporting


£25 to £55 per virtual machine per month

  • Education pricing available

Service documents

G-Cloud 10


UKN Group Limited

Chris Telfer

01256 846848

Service scope

Service scope
Service constraints N/A
System requirements N/A

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Yes, at extra cost
Support response times UKN Group will respond with two hour Monday to Friday core business hours with an option for 24/7/365 Support
User can manage status and priority of support tickets Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility None or don’t know
Phone support Yes
Phone support availability 24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support Web chat
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 provided by the UKN Group web site a
Web chat accessibility testing The Web Chat Service is tested weekly by the UKN Group Managed Service Desk
Onsite support Yes, at extra cost
Support levels The UKN Group Account Management structure is as follows:
Executive Sponsor and Client Director
Technical Account Management or Service Delivery Management
Onsite support analysts available at 1st, 2nd and 3rd line skill levels.
Professional Service Consultants available from £550 per day through to Management Consultants at £950 per day.
Professional Service Consultant are highly qualified Cloud Architects and accredited to Microsoft Gold Standards
Support available to third parties No

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started UKN Group offer a comprehensive On-Boarding process that includes the development of a comprehensive Operating level Agreement that defines the working practices, procedures and cultural engagement. The OLA is in addition to the Service Level Agreement and serves to document all client interaction processes, standard and is personalized to each and every Client.
The On-boarding process will include all necessary training either on-site, at UKN Group HQ, or where available on-line.
The OLA is the living document that defines the Account Management and progression expectations and will form part or all Continuous Service Improvement programs that may be necessary to maximize the value of the Service.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats
  • PDF
  • Other
Other documentation formats Microsoft Word
End-of-contract data extraction The Contractual Agreement will define an exit process that will be documented within the Operating Level Agreement, The precise processes will be explicitly laid out, and undated as often as necessary. Where UKN Group resource is required to support he data Extraction, these resource requirement will also be contractually agreed.
End-of-contract process At the end of the term of the agreement, options will exist to renew and extend or terminate. If termination is to occur the defined notice and termination processes will be executed including the explicit data extraction methods and procedures. These may be amended at any time and in full collaboration with the Client.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface No
Command line interface No


Scaling available No
Independence of resources UKN Group can tailor the IaaS solution for which puts measures in place to ensure that no one user or service can oversubscribe on resource and therefore negatively affecting other users or services. UKN Group also persistently monitor the infrastructure of their customers utilising state-of-the-art, robust monitoring tools therefore any overheads on the system instantly notifies the the UKN Service Operations Centre (SOC)
Usage notifications Yes
Usage reporting Email


Infrastructure or application metrics Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • Memory
  • Network
Reporting types Regular reports


Supplier type Reseller providing extra support
Organisation whose services are being resold Microsoft & Third Party

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Staff screening not performed
Government security clearance Up to Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS)

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 Managed by a third party
Penetration testing frequency At least once a year
Penetration testing approach ‘IT Health Check’ performed by a Tigerscheme qualified provider or a CREST-approved service provider
Protecting data at rest Encryption of all physical media
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Hardware containing data is completely destroyed
Equipment disposal approach A third-party destruction service

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
Backup and recovery Yes
What’s backed up
  • Virtual Machine
  • Folders and Files
  • Databases
Backup controls Yes - schedules and backup jobs can be setup as per users/business requirements.
Datacentre setup Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
Scheduling backups Users contact the support team to schedule backups
Backup recovery 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
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
Data protection within supplier network IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability SLA depends on resiliency service purchased and therefore differs, but generally the hosting providers SLA is 99.95%
Approach to resilience Available upon customer request
Outage reporting Email alerts
Any other method of communication, to be agreed upon customer request

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels This can be achieved via networking access rules, credentials and/or certificates
Access restriction testing frequency At least once a year
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Identity federation with existing provider (for example Google Apps)
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
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 receive audit information on a regular basis
How long user audit data is stored for User-defined
Access to supplier activity audit information Users receive audit information on a regular basis
How long supplier audit data is stored for User-defined
How long system logs are stored for User-defined

Standards and certifications

Standards and certifications
ISO/IEC 27001 certification Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001 British Assessment Bureau
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 1st May 2018
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover All aspects of the Service are covered
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification No
PCI certification No
Other security certifications No

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security No
Security governance certified Yes
Security governance standards ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes To Be Completed

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach ITIL Processes Used
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach Third Party supplied Threat Analytics Software will be used
Protective monitoring type Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach Third Party supplied Analytics Software will be used
Incident management type Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach UKN Group 24/7/365 Managed Service Desk with escalations to resolver groups on demand.

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 Third-party
Third-party virtualisation provider Microsoft Azure. Private clouds & datacentres can also be provisioned
How shared infrastructure is kept separate This is achieved utilising advanced datacentre networking segregation technologies for which are highly secure

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency
Energy-efficient datacentres Yes


Price £25 to £55 per virtual machine per month
Discount for educational organisations Yes
Free trial available No


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