Proact IT UK Limited

Storage as a Service (STaaS)

Proact Storage as a Service (STaaS) is a Managed Cloud Service that provides enterprise storage charged monthly on a cost/GB basis. It can be taken in isolation (on or off premise) or combined with Utility Server to host applications in Proact’s, your, or a third party datacentre for any purposes.

Features

  • Unmanaged, monitored or managed storage service
  • Dedicated or shared options available
  • Built on enterprise storage technology
  • Disk based snapshots for instant backup/restore
  • Replication of data to a second datacentre optional
  • Flexible service to scale up and down
  • Available hosted or on-premise

Benefits

  • Align compute costs with organisational demand
  • Focus your IT team on managing applications not servers
  • Avoid up-front capital costs for storage
  • Deliver a 24x7 service without the cost
  • Reduce the total cost of ownership for storage
  • Remove the risk of key staff not being available

Pricing

£9.21 per terabyte per month

  • Education pricing available

Service documents

G-Cloud 10

796500472820702

Proact IT UK Limited

Proact UK Sales

02038 926190

bids@proact.co.uk

Service scope

Service scope
Service constraints If the vendor OS license is end of support life, this will impact our ability to provide service management
System requirements
  • Nimsoft monitoring hub . One VM is required
  • Sufficient internet bandwidth
  • Jump box or logmein - one VM may be required

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times Our support is available 24x7x365. We categorise all incidents as P1, P2 or P3. The response times for each are as follows:

P1 - 30 minutes
P2 - 4 hrs
P3 - 8 hrs
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 Proact provides a fully managed service for this offering. This is provided to our customers 24x7x365. While the availability of the support does not change, there are options to decrease the level of management where the customer is taking a private cloud storage environment as a service.
Support available to third parties Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started All of Proact's managed cloud service contracts are kicked off with an initiation meeting, it is as this point that the training around how to get started is agreed. This will take the form of either remote or onsite training dependent on the customer's preference. Documentation is also provided.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction Prior to contract end, the Service Delivery Manager at Proact will approach the customer to agree a contract exit strategy, this includes data extraction. In addition the customer can add change or remove their data at any time with or without Proact's technical input.
End-of-contract process Once the contract has reached its term, the customer can either terminate or renew their contract. In this situation, there are no additional costs to the customer to exit the agreement or to renew. However, If the contract is terminated early, or the customer wishes to make significant changes to the contract before renewing, charges may be applicable. Please refer to our T&Cs for further information.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Using the web interface Service can be set up through TOPdesk as a change request. There is no limit to the number of contacts that can have access to TOPdesk, however all users must be authorised prior to access being granted.
Web interface accessibility standard None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible Users can read all content online. The present version of TOPdesk does not provide diverse accessibility, however it is a priority to improve support for visually impaired operators within Call Management (hotkeys + keyboard navigation)
Web interface accessibility testing This will be factored in to the newer iteration of TOPdesk
API No
Command line interface No

Scaling

Scaling
Scaling available No
Independence of resources Our environment is monitored 24x7x365. We work closely with our users to plan for increase demand. We always have a minimum of 20% overhead for capacity, and where appropriate we encourage our customers to do the same.
Usage notifications Yes
Usage reporting
  • API
  • Email
  • Other

Analytics

Analytics
Infrastructure or application metrics Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • HTTP request and response status
  • Memory
  • Network
  • Number of active instances
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports
  • Reports on request

Resellers

Resellers
Supplier type Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Conforms to BS7858:2012
Government security clearance Up to Security Clearance (SC)

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 Supplier-defined controls
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 another standard
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
  • Hardware containing data is completely destroyed
Equipment disposal approach In-house destruction process

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
Backup and recovery No

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
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability 99.995%
Approach to resilience Our default methodology for all cloud services is to operate a platform with no single point of failure. This maximises the resilience of the solution up to, but not including the customer's application layer
Outage reporting Outages are reported to the customer via:
- Dashboard
- Nimsoft

In addition to this regular reviews are scheduled between the customer and the Service Delivery Manager, where additional information can be provided surrounding any outages that may have occurred.

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels Proact restricts access in management interfaces and support channels through Role Based Access Control. Traffic is segregated onto dedicated VLANs, there is no routing between VLANs that is not via a firewall.
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Username or password
Devices users manage the service through
  • Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)
  • Dedicated device over multiple services or networks
  • 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 have access to real-time audit information
How long user audit data is stored for User-defined
Access to supplier activity audit information No audit information available
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 BSI Assurance UK Limited
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 27/04/2016
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover Any products or services that fall outside of the managed cloud portfolio
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification No
PCI certification Yes
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification IRM
PCI DSS accreditation date 07/03/2017
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover Any products or services that fall outside of the managed cloud portfolio
Other security certifications Yes
Any other security certifications
  • IG-SOC
  • Cyber Security 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 Proact's high level “Information Security Policy” describes the considerations to achieve the company information security objectives and is separated in to the key Tier 2 detailed security policies:

- Technical Security Policy
- Physical Security Policy
- Business Continuity Policy
- Data Handling
- 3rd Party Supplier Management Policy
- Network and Infrastructure Management Policy

All of these policies are condensed to form the Acceptable Use Policy, which is trained to all new Proact starters during their induction and included in annual security awareness training. These policies are reviewed at least annually prior to security retraining and after changes to compliance requirements. Staff are invited to comment on this policy and suggest ways in which it might be improved by contacting the Chief Security Officer.

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach All change requests are logged by the customer via our web interface. They are then reviewed and categorised as Emergency (initiate within 4hrs), Normal (initiate within 8hrs) or Standard (response within 8hrs). Proact adheres to ITIL standards across:

- Incident management
- Problem management
- Change management
- Configuration management
- Release management
- Operations management
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach Proact currently manages over 400 public IP addresses which are vulnerability scanned on a weekly basis. The Proact Cloud infrastructure is also vulnerability scanned weekly.

Penetration test are carried out at 6 monthly intervals.

There is continual monitor of vendor security notifications and bulletins.

Vulnerability remediation is typically between seven days to one month and is dependent on critical nature and OS/application type.
Protective monitoring type Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach Proact’s SOC monitors customer’s logs watching for IoC, to alert customers in accordance with predetermined processes. The Investigation Team perform in-depth analysis, looking for further evidence, or most often to eliminate false positives. Customers are included in Investigations, as an IoC could be a benign activity known by the customer; authorised change or penetration test in progress. If a compromise is suspected or confirmed then the response team will work with the customer to follow established response procedures to cover Containment, Eradication, Recovery and advice on strengthening security controls to prevent similar occurrences.
Incident management type Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach Incidents can be reported over the phone to the support team or via the web interface. The Service Delivery Manager can also be contacted, but will be included in communications in any case. Incident reports are made available in the dashboard and as part of the regular review meeting with the Service Delivery Manager.

Secure development

Secure development
Approach to secure software development best practice Independent review of processes (for example CESG CPA Build Standard, ISO/IEC 27034, ISO/IEC 27001 or CSA CCM v3.0)

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 VMware
How shared infrastructure is kept separate Proact use the following methods to keep organisations sharing the same infrastructure are kept apart:

- Microsegementation
- Logical separation
- Web application firewalls

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency
Energy-efficient datacentres Yes

Pricing

Pricing
Price £9.21 per terabyte per month
Discount for educational organisations Yes
Free trial available No

Documents

Documents
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