Vysiion Ltd

VMware Cloud on AWS

VMware Cloud on AWS is an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering, leveraging VMware Cloud Foundation (vSphere, NSX and vSAN) to deliver software-defined data centres (SDDCs) as a cloud service on Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Features

  • VMware SDDC delivered as a cloud service on AWS
  • On-demand capacity & flexible hourly consumption available globally
  • Run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure
  • Operates in multiple Availability Zones within the UK
  • Single user interface and API for on-prem and cloud
  • vMotion between on-premises and the cloud
  • Automated cluster scaling and host remediation
  • Direct Connect and L2VPN connectivity and offline data transfer options
  • Access AWS services (EBS, RDS, Lambda, etc..) without network charges

Benefits

  • Jointly engineered to deliver the best of VMware and AWS
  • Unparalleled security of combined VMware and AWS technologies and operations
  • Industry leading portability enables migration to and from the Cloud
  • Full operational consistency with on-premise VMware technologies
  • Scalable infrastructure available when and where you need it
  • Common virtual infrastructure makes hybrid deployments truly possible
  • Disaster Recover economics are transformed by the cloud
  • Support existing and next-generation applications and containers in one platform

Pricing

£6.9532 per server per hour

  • Education pricing available

Service documents

Framework

G-Cloud 11

Service ID

7 0 2 2 1 2 4 4 4 4 5 8 0 2 8

Contact

Vysiion Ltd

Caroline Andrewes

01249 446500

cloudsales@vysiion.co.uk

Service scope

Service scope
Service constraints Some inter-data centre service features are only supported by later versions of VMware vSphere. Feature support will be determined during our pre-sales discovery process.
System requirements N/A

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times The Vysiion service desk is 24/7/365 and depending on the SLA required can respond to incidents within 30 minutes.
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 No
Onsite support Yes, at extra cost
Support levels Vysiion's support service includes Service Delivery Managers, support engineers and a 24/7 service desk and network operations centre. We can respond to incidents within 30 minutes and our service desk is 24/7.
Support available to third parties Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started VMware provides a range of resources to help to start using the VMware Cloud on AWS service. These include comprehensive documentation (in multiple formats), introductory videos, hands-on labs, online and in-person training, access to a large ecosystem of partners and support from the customer success team and public sector account team.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats HTML
End-of-contract data extraction Migration of data to and from VMware Cloud on AWS is fully managed by the customer. Documentation exists along with additional tools and services to facilitate the migration of data.

VMware Cloud on AWS natively runs VMware vSphere which stores customer data in an industry accepted virtual machine format and VMware vSphere natively supports the Open Virtualization Format (OVF), making it simple to download, clone, migrate, copy, port or transfer workloads between environments.
End-of-contract process If you are using the Service Offering on an on-demand basis, you can cancel at any time by deleting your SDDC, using the VMware Cloud on AWS Console. You will be charged for all usage up to the point of termination.

Unless you purchase a new subscription, upon expiration of the Subscription Term all services will continue to operate on an on-demand basis and you will be billed at the then current on-demand rate for those services until you cancel your on-demand use.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Using the web interface The VMware Cloud on AWS Console enables customers to provision Software Defined Datacenters, Configure Networking, Add/Remove Hosts, Connect to the Virtual Center interface and get support.

The Virtual Center Interface enables customers to manage their entire Software Defined Data Center.
Web interface accessibility standard None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible Customers can log into the web interface at https://vmc.vmware.com initially using their MyVMware credentials.
Web interface accessibility testing The Virtual Center interface has undergone accessibility testing by an independent third party. Results of all VMware accessibility tests can be found at: https://www.vmware.com/help/accessibility.html
API Yes
What users can and can't do using the API After the initial creation of the organisation's account, the service can be configured and operated via the API interface.

VMware Cloud on AWS Service APIs, vSphere APIs and NSX API interfaces are all supported.
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • OpenStack
  • SaltStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
API documentation Yes
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • HTML
  • Other
Command line interface Yes
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
Using the command line interface Customers have access to all published and documented APIs through a command prompt.

Scaling

Scaling
Scaling available Yes
Scaling type
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Independence of resources Customer environments are logically and physically segregated to prevent users and customers from accessing resources not assigned to them.

Each customer SDDC runs on dedicated hardware which eliminates the potential for other customers to affect their workloads.

VMware and AWS both continuously monitor service usage to project infrastructure needs to support availability commitments/requirements.
Usage notifications Yes
Usage reporting
  • API
  • Other

Analytics

Analytics
Infrastructure or application metrics Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • HTTP request and response status
  • Memory
  • Network
  • Number of active instances
  • Other
Other metrics
  • VSphere provide comprehensive infrastructure logs
  • Performance logs
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports

Resellers

Resellers
Supplier type Reseller (no extras)
Organisation whose services are being resold VMware

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Other security clearance
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
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • EU-US Privacy Shield agreement locations
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 Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with CSA CCM v3.0
  • Encryption of all physical media
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
  • 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
  • Account configuration information
  • ADDC Configuration information
Backup controls Customers retain control and ownership of their virtual machines and have the ability to use their own backup and recovery solution. VMware Cloud on AWS enables virtual machine images to be replicated
by Site Recovery Manager to another Availability Zone or to a datacenter of the customer's choosing, which ensures that workloads would always exist in more than one physical location.

Vysiion can offer offer backup and recovery solutions that are compatible with VMware Cloud on AWS service. A list of vendors can be found here: https://marketplace.vmware.com/
Datacentre setup Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
Scheduling backups Users schedule backups through a web interface
Backup recovery Users can recover backups themselves, for example through a web interface

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
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability VMware will use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure that each component of the Service Offering ("service component") is “Available” during a given billing month (as defined in the Service Description) equal to the “Availability Commitment” specified in the table below:

Service Component Availability Commitment
SDDC Infrastructure 99.9%
SDDC Management 99.9%
VMware Site Recovery - Management 99.9%

More information about the SLA can be found at: https://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/support/vmw-cloud-aws-service-level-agreement.pdf
Approach to resilience VMware has implemented backup or redundancy mechanisms to ensure compliance with regulatory, statutory and contractual obligations. VMware has a defined Information Security Program that includes Business Continuity (BC) and Disaster Recovery (DR) strategies for data and hardware redundancy, network configuration redundancy and backups and regular testing exercises.

VMware Cloud on AWS uses Amazon Web Services (AWS) geographically resilient data hosting options. Data centers are built in clusters in various global regions. VMware provides customers the flexibility to place instances and store data within multiple geographic regions as well as across multiple Availability Zones within each regions to support their resiliency needs.
Outage reporting The real-time status of the VMware Cloud on AWS services along with past incidents is publicly available on https://status.vmware-services.io/.

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • 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 Management interfaces implement role-based access controls and require members to authenticate against the corporate identity provider. Access is managed through the management gateway which restricts access based on originating IP address and SSL usage. Additional security and authentication mechanisms including the use of time-based credentials are used to secure and monitor access.
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Devices users manage the service through Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)

Audit information for users

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 Users have access to real-time audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for At least 12 months
How long system logs are stored for At least 12 months

Standards and certifications

Standards and certifications
ISO/IEC 27001 certification Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001 ACM
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 10/7/2016
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover Nothing
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification No
PCI certification No
Other security certifications Yes
Any other security certifications Cyber Essentials

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance certified Yes
Security governance standards ISO/IEC 27001
Information security policies and processes Vysiion is ISO27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus accredited and has a full suite of associated accredited information security policies that are managed and maintained by our Head of Business Services. We design and implement solutions which meet stringent security requirements and meet current industry standards as well as aligning with customers’ information policies and procedures to ensure we protect our customers’ systems and data from security breaches and cyber attacks. We continually monitor and review our security practices, working closely with officially appointed security advisors and accreditation bodies, and as such are very familiar with current legislation and standards, best-practice guidelines and the approaches required to protect UK government assets. Our employees are security cleared to enable them to deliver services to the highest information security requirements.

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach We follow ITIL 3 aligned Change and Configuration processes for all changes
All changes to infrastructure and systems are managed through these processes ensuring that standardised methods and procedures are followed for all. The process ensures that all changes are formally assessed, authorised and controlled to minimise any adverse service impact.
Our Change Advisory Board assess and validates all Changes from a business, technical, security and delivery perspective, drawing on subject matter experts when required.
A Forward Schedule of Change is maintained.
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach We work closely with officially appointed security advisors/accreditation bodies/comply with current legislation/standards e.g. NCSC guidelines. We are registered with NCSC Cyber-security Information Sharing Partnership (CiSP), to exchange cyber threat information in real time/increase situational awareness and receive information about potential threats via suppliers e.g. Microsoft. We deploy automated tools for vulnerability monitoring. Alerts are immediately investigated by an engineer and any identified threats immediately removed from the network, to eliminate the risk of potential infection. Critical patches are tested on a sand-boxed device on-receipt and deployed across the infrastructure once proven to achieve maximum cover with minimum business impact.
Protective monitoring type Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach Where protective monitoring services are required, Vysiion work with a trusted third party to deliver these processes.
Incident management type Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach Vysiion has a well-defined ITIL aligned incident management process with a 24/7 service desk and a comprehensive service toolset that allows incidents to be raised by phone, email and portal. Incident reports are regularly provided by email and users can log on to the portal at any time to get the status of an incident. Customer satisfaction surveys are carried out on closure of an incident.

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 VMware
How shared infrastructure is kept separate Each VMware Cloud on AWS Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) is provisioned on dedicated bare-metal hardware within an AWS VPC dedicated to the customer. vSphere is installed on this dedicated hardware and customers are given access to their individual instance of Virtual Center to manage their virtual environment.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency
Energy-efficient datacentres Yes
Description of energy efficient datacentres AWS use energy efficient data centres across the world and customers can use UK based data centres.

Pricing

Pricing
Price £6.9532 per server per hour
Discount for educational organisations Yes
Free trial available No

Service documents

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