Viewdeck Consulting Limited

DevOps Build Automation and Continuous Delivery Server

The Chef Server service provides a build solution for Automation, Configuration Management, Quality Assurance, and repeatable build and delivery of Windows and Linux based servers. Chef provides a service to manage 'recipes' for servers, configured and personalised to environments and server roles. Provides security of Build at rapid pace

Features

  • Secure Linux based Open Source Chef® Server
  • Scalable to support from 1 to 1000's of production servers
  • Resilient and High Availability Solutions, deployable in Master Slave formats
  • Simple Web based interface for each remote management and use
  • Works with Chef Workstation to develop and deploy automation Services
  • Server 'healing' capability to ensure servers remain patched, secured designed
  • Regular server reports on compliance/build status
  • Service includes regular patches, daily backups, support
  • Debian/Ubuntu based platform for easy of management, configuration
  • Works with UKCloud, Azure, Rackspace, Memset, internal private cloud architectures

Benefits

  • Ensures repeatability in deployment of large scale cloud based solutions
  • Easy to move infrastructure deployment from Development, Test to Production
  • Remove repeated manual steps from Infrastructure build, test and deployments
  • Easy scaling up/out of Cloud services, continuous deployment/delivery
  • Simplifying and Self Documenting infrastructure build instructions
  • Greatly reduced build time through re-use of 'cookbooks'
  • Built on an NSA compliant Secure Gold build
  • Swift simple roll-out of server changes to multiple servers
  • Online, for tier1/tier2 via PC, Public/Private, Shared Cloud
  • Supports full digital upgrade (Discovery, Alpha, Beta, Live).

Pricing

£425 to £1194 per instance per month

Service documents

G-Cloud 9

752602053452786

Viewdeck Consulting Limited

Gary Seymour

0203 384 3350

gary@viewdeck.com

Service scope

Service scope
Software add-on or extension No
Cloud deployment model Public cloud
Service constraints A Viewdeck Patch Server is a requirement to provide a patch service and Virus/Rootkit signatures upgrades.
A Viewdeck Log Server is a requirement to provide event monitoring for the service.
A Viewdeck Monitor Service is required to provide availability and host health check monitoring.
Backup Solution providing secure offline remote cloud based storage is required. The Viewdeck Backup Service provides a suitable service.
The Secure Mail Server with connectivity to the secure administration mailbox providing alerting and reporting from the hosts.
Secure Remote Administrator Access via a suitable secure network. This will vary depending on the hosting environment
System requirements
  • Viewdeck Patch Server for patch and Virus/Rootkit signatures upgrades
  • Viewdeck Log Server for event monitoring for the service
  • Viewdeck Monitor Service for availability and host health check monitoring
  • Backup Solution providing secure offline remote cloud based storage
  • The Viewdeck Backup Service provides a suitable service
  • The Secure Mail Server with connectivity to secure administration mailbox
  • Providing alerting and reporting from the hosts.
  • Secure Remote Administrator Access via suitable secure network.
  • This will vary depending on the hosting environment

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times Mmediate Automatic response. Email Response 'SLAs' is supported for P3 P4 and P5's during normal working hours. All P1's and P2's should be logged via email, and immediately escalated via the help line. Weekend response to email tickets is available as an additional service.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets No
Phone support Yes
Phone support availability 9 to 5 (UK time), 7 days a week
Web chat support Web chat
Web chat support availability 9 to 5 (UK time), 7 days a week
Web chat support accessibility standard WCAG 2.0 A
Web chat accessibility testing Web chat accessibility testing
Our knowledge has come from market research provided by the Slack community.
Onsite support Onsite support
Support levels Viewdeck follows a traditional P1-P5 problem management prioritisation and response model, providing integration and escalation as you would expect to deliver to the agreed service levels. P1 Total loss of service. P2 Some loss of service. P3 Small loss of service or work around. P4 Tasks are made more difficult, but are not impossible to complete. P5 Interferes with non-operational use. All P1 and P2 events are allocated an Incident Manager to see and manage incidents through to successful resolution, providing SPOC, regular reporting, and coordination between various resolver groups. Standard support is Mon-Fri 9-5:30pm. P1’s and P2’s are supported 24 hours a Day, 7 Days a week as standard. Additional extended hours of support are available, either for 8am-8pm Monday-Saturday , or 24 hours x 7 days Week. All services can take advantage of the 24 hour per day web and telephone service, although only P1’s and P2’s will be responded out of supported hours. Additional pricing for these services is based on the product, with further details in our pricing guide. All Viewdeck Services include an Account Manager to manage service issues, and provide a SPOC for clients.
Support available to third parties No

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started Viewdeck offer assistance to getting stated

Self taught CBT training is available as part of the service

Additional fixed price packages for other training is also available on request at extra cost
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats PDF
End-of-contract data extraction On end of contract, Viewdeck can supply the Clients information extracted from the system in native format or configuration files, including XML/JSON format. This can be transferred to the user electronically via secure electronic transfer by arrangement with the client organisation, or via a shared secure File Transfer area. If the client has specific needs for the physical transfer of the data we would support this by additional services for the media and media transport for Data Extraction.
End-of-contract process 30 days before end of Contract, there will be client engagement to confirm the Requirements, agree a plan, any additional services needed, and the Quality Criteria for the delivery of those services to meet the Requirements.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 10+
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Firefox
  • Chrome
  • Safari 9+
  • Opera
Application to install No
Designed for use on mobile devices Yes
Differences between the mobile and desktop service There are no differences in features or functionality
Accessibility standards WCAG 2.0 A
Accessibility testing Accessibility testing - Our knowledge has come from service tooling manufacturers commitments and market research.
API Yes
What users can and can't do using the API ‘Client (normally Technology Administrators) can access the system through a web based API. This allows the Client to gain 'Controlled' access to the key functionality of the service to support Configuration and Data Management. All Services support REST based API interfaces’.
API documentation Yes
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
API sandbox or test environment Yes
Customisation available Yes
Description of customisation ‘Our services are based upon COTS components that are configurable for Clients via common and native interfaces. The functionality accessed by the Client allows a certain level of Business configuration within the parameters of each individual Service. Typically this is via a Web interface.’
We encourage Clients to Self Service for such Configurable parameters.

Scaling

Scaling
Independence of resources All of our services are based on dedicated devices with managed contention performance to ensure no service degradation due to other user ativity.

In the event of performance degradation occurring our service management tooling would automatically trigger and incident alerting us to the problem so that immediate action can be taken to address it

Analytics

Analytics
Service usage metrics Yes
Metrics types Full Access to service Monitoring interfaces is provided by a web interface. This give the client access to the full spectrum of system and service accessibility and availability, with optional reporting against service SLAs.

The Service Management tooling records and reports on all aspects of the Service delivery , and provides reporting against service SLAs for clients. This are provided free of charge for clients as part of the baseline service.
Reporting types Real-time dashboards

Resellers

Resellers
Supplier type Not a reseller

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 Tigerscheme qualified provider or a CREST-approved service provider
Protecting data at rest Physical access control, complying with CSA CCM v3.0
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach Complying with a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v.30, CAS (Sanitisation) or ISO/IEC 27001

Data importing and exporting

Data importing and exporting
Data export approach The user is able to extract their data through Web Interface access management tools allowing them to download the data to their desktop, where applicable to the Service.
Data export formats
  • CSV
  • ODF
  • Other
Other data export formats XML
Data import formats
  • CSV
  • ODF
  • Other
Other data import formats
  • XML
  • SQL

Data-in-transit protection

Data-in-transit protection
Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
Data protection within supplier network IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability The level of availability is 99.50%
Approach to resilience Our service utilises a service provider that has multiple hosting sites with diverse routing of communications and power. We use a service configuration that makes use of these capabilities to provide a resilient service.
Outage reporting The client would get an alert via an email should there be an outage

The client would also be able to view a service dashboard to see the status of their service

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication needed Yes
User authentication 2-factor authentication
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels Access is limited via IP address of connecting devices and use of shared keyword
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)

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 No
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification No
PCI certification No
Other security accreditations No

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance accreditation Yes
Security governance standards CSA CCM version 3.0
Information security policies and processes Viewdeck has a ISMS with the basis procedures to manage security such as

Information security policy and objectives
Risk assessment and risk treatment methodology
Statement of Applicability
Risk treatment plan
Risk assessment report
Definition of security roles and responsibilities
Inventory of assets
Acceptable use of assets
Access control policy
Operating procedures for IT management
Supplier security policy

Viewdeck has a nominated security officer who ensure security policies are followed and undertakes scheduled audits. The security officer reports directly to the CEO

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 Viewdeck utilizes suppliers that follow certified configuration and change management procedures.

Viewdeck also uses automated configuration control and management via the Chef toolkit.

Viewdeck has its own documented procedures for configuration and change management based on ITIL. All changes are assessed and appropriate assurance steps determined for the change. All changes are tested in a dedicated environment before release to live.
Vulnerability management type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach View deck undertake event logging via our SIEM. This allows security monitoring in real time of our services.

Our services also undergo regular penetration test to ensure that no vulnerabilities have emerged.

Our services are managed using automated Configuration tooling that keeps the infrastructure from being changed and lowering the risk of malicious exploration.
Protective monitoring type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach All services are managed at the boundary by NIDS. Our services also provide application level logging and HIDS protection. All alerts would be forward to the clients. Depending on severity, we would respond within the SLAs of our services
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 Our incident management process is based on ITIL principles

Users can log and incident via email, phone, web interface and also chat.

Incident reporting is via web interface. Additional reports can be supplied by request at additional cost.

Secure development

Secure development
Approach to secure software development best practice Conforms to a recognised standard, but self-assessed

Public sector networks

Public sector networks
Connection to public sector networks Yes
Connected networks
  • Public Services Network (PSN)
  • Police National Network (PNN)
  • New NHS Network (N3)

Pricing

Pricing
Price £425 to £1194 per instance per month
Discount for educational organisations No
Free trial available No

Documents

Documents
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
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