FlyingBinary Ltd

Plotly Dash Open Source Visualisation

Delivering a full-stack, open source dashboarding solution, Plotly Dash Open Source Visualisation resides in the FlyingBinary big data analytics suite, simplifying data integration, management, analysis and visualisation. The Dash engine delivers engaging, interactive visualisations over web interfaces. A wide range of chart types ensures actionable insights can be precisely identified.

Features

  • Dashboard design integrated with data pipeline functions
  • Very rapid chart development
  • Connects to databases, web services, realtime and streaming datasources
  • Easy sharing and collaboration with authorised users
  • Wide variety of chart types selectable with one click
  • Large scale publication over web interface
  • Integrates directly with Python-based data pipelines
  • Entirely web-based for dashboard consumption
  • Latest technologies deliver sophisticated web-friendly visualisations
  • Supports Open Standards for data visualisation

Benefits

  • Business users can self-serve, relieving pressure on IT teams
  • Rapid prototyping simplifies analytics development and reduces costs
  • Streaming connector facilitates realtime analysis and display
  • Collaboration functions facilitate dissemination of results
  • Wide chart range ensures actionable insights can be precisely identified
  • Web interface allows easy, large-scale delivery to users
  • Integrated pipeline simplifies and streamlines analytics management
  • Web-based architecture eliminates client software and increases manageability
  • No user licensing reduces costs and improves flexibility
  • Open and industry standards increases community reuse and lowers costs

Pricing

£200.00 a gigabyte a year

  • Free trial available

Service documents

Framework

G-Cloud 12

Service ID

7 9 8 7 2 1 5 5 6 5 6 2 8 0 3

Contact

FlyingBinary Ltd Dr Jacqui Taylor
Telephone: +44 77 899 668 02
Email: jacqui.taylor@flyingbinary.com

Service scope

Software add-on or extension
No
Cloud deployment model
Private cloud
Service constraints
Source data must be uploaded (copied) or directly connected to the Plotly Dash Open Source Visualisation service. Self service design requires a Github-compatible repository. Designers need secure shell access for self-service upgrades, or service management can perform upgrades periodically.
System requirements
Github-compatible repository

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
We respond to all questions within 8 business hours. Normal business hours are 0800-1800 Mon-Fri excluding UK holidays. We regularly respond to questions within 4 business hours, and we triage all inbound questions to establish urgency and set appropriate priorities.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
No
Phone support
Yes
Phone support availability
9 to 5 (UK time), Monday to Friday
Web chat support
No
Onsite support
Yes, at extra cost
Support levels
Our standard support service is by email 0800-1800 Mon-Fri excluding UK holidays and we respond to all questions within 8 business hours. We regularly respond to questions within 4 business hours, and we triage all inbound questions to establish urgency and set appropriate priorities. We can offer several extensions to the standard service at extra cost: extended hours support at 10x7 or 24x7; 4 business hour response; phone support; web chat support; onsite support. The support service is provided for issues, incidents and service requests. We will also respond to questions about how to use the service, but we reserve the right to direct clients to our training services if users are clearly not equipped to use the service competently.
Support available to third parties
No

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
There are four types of onboarding help available, which may be used in combination: online help; key contact getting started assistance; additional onboarding assistance; service training courses. Key contact getting started assistance is included within the cost of the service. It is usually conducted as an interactive web screenshare session, but may also be provided as a pre-recorded video session with a follow up teleconference, or as an onsite session. Onsite sessions outside the M25 area will incur an additional cost. Online help is available to all client users of the service and is included within the cost. Additional onboarding assistance and service training courses are both provided via the companion Cloud Support service.
Service documentation
Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
The service has built-in tools that allow user data extraction. These tools are available at any time, not just at contract end, and may be used for any data extraction purpose required. There are no restrictions: all user data may be extracted from the service for any reason, at any time. User data extraction does not require supplier intervention, but clients may choose to limit this functionality to client super users or administrators. There is no limit to the number or size of data extractions performed, but the service is priced on a "fair use" basis for network charges. Excessively large or very frequent data extractions may incur an additional cost or bandwidth limits. Alternatively, the companion Cloud Support service offers assistance with data extraction, at an additional cost.
End-of-contract process
Prior to the end of contract/contract renewal date, we discuss the forward plan with the client key contact. In the event of contract end, we work with the key contact to ensure that all user data and collateral is retrieved or extracted before the contract end date. Although there are standard data extraction tools built in to the service, there may be a requirement for special data migration to the client's chosen new service. In that instance, we can work with the new supplier to migrate data to maximum benefit for the client, such work would be performed within the companion Cloud Support service and incur an additional charge. In the event that the client is unable to extract all required data before the contract end date, it is often possible to extend the duration of the data extraction features of the service for an additional period; or to extend the full service for an additional period; so that the client does not suffer unnecessary unavailability.

Using the service

Web browser interface
Yes
Supported browsers
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • 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
All dashboards may be consumed on desktop or mobile devices. Dashboard design requires a desktop device. Mobile devices must be able to access services via the same network routes as desktop or laptop devices.
Service interface
Yes
Description of service interface
The service employs a modern, simple, browser-based, easy-to-use interface to provide a unified approach for users to interact with the service. Choosing browser-based over an installed application simplifies security, enterprise deployment and ensures that the service is evergreen without costly software upgrades. See answers to other questions concerning browser specifics. Design functions use industry standard Python tools running on any desktop operating system.
Accessibility standards
None or don’t know
Description of accessibility
All dashboards are rendered using core web technologies: HTML, CSS, Javascript. Clients have full control to select and deploy suitable accessible controls. All Dash engine components are open source and may be enhanced for additional accessibility requirements as needed. Dashboards are designed using industry standard Python source code, and any accessible tools may be used for design purposes.
Accessibility testing
No specific accessibility testing performed to date.
API
No
Customisation available
Yes
Description of customisation
The purpose of Plotly Dash Open Source Visualisation is to allow customers to create their own charts and dashboards. Clients have full control over the data content, design, layout, styling and interactive capabilities of all charts and dashboards. Clients also have control over the audience/s that are able to view the dashboards. Absence of any user-based licensing allows a very flexible publication and distribution model.

Scaling

Independence of resources
Our testing tells us the lower and upper levels of cloud resource required to maintain performance for normal levels of demand. We reserve and dedicate the lower level of cloud resources to each client, so that no client user can impact the performance of any other client. As client demand increases, we monitor performance and ensure that additional cloud resources are available to maintain performance, to the upper level. The service is priced on a "fair use" basis, so exceeding the upper level of demand means either reduced performance, or request further cloud resources, at additional cost.

Analytics

Service usage metrics
No

Resellers

Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

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

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Yes
Data storage and processing locations
  • United Kingdom
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
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 once a year
Penetration testing approach
Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
Physical access control, complying with SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
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

Data importing and exporting

Data export approach
There are tools built in to the service that allow users to export their data. User data export does not require supplier intervention, but clients may choose to limit this functionality to client super users or administrators. Users may specifiy any subset, or all, of the data that is relevent to the current export requirement. Once the data subset has been selected, invoking the export function creates a CSV file corresponding to the selection. This CSV file is then downloaded to the user computer for the required purpose.
Data export formats
CSV
Data import formats
CSV

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
TLS (version 1.2 or above)
Data protection within supplier network
Other
Other protection within supplier network
The internal local network supporting the service is segregated from external networks using both firewalls and internal VLAN configuration. For reasons of operational effectiveness and performance, traffic within the VLAN is not encrypted. Traffic that passes from one cloud service to another is encrypted using TLS v1.2 as it traverses the VLAN boundaries and firewalls. If your use case requires internal network encryption, we can discuss alternate cloud deployments and architectures, at additional cost.

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
We guarantee the service will be available 99% of the time during business hours. Measured over the last two years, we have comfortably exceeded 99.5% availability. For use cases requiring higher availablity guarantees, we can discuss alternate cloud deployments and architectures, at additional cost. No financial recompense is offered for a single failure to meet service level within a year. In the event there are two or more failures in successive months, then a discount equal to one twelfth of the annual cost will be offered for renewals at the next anniversary.
Approach to resilience
All cloud resources are virtualised, so there is no dependency on any single hardware component. The underlying infrastructure is 99.999% available. As standard, all service components are deployed in a single availability zone to minimise service costs. All client deployments are managed as separate cloud instances, ensuring that performance-affecting activity occurring in one client deployment cannot impact any others. All client data is backed up daily for additional protection against service outage, data corruption or other potential losses. In addition to the single zone service, there is also the option of dual zone service, where all service components are replicated at a second site, at additional cost. The dual availability zone option provides geographic resilience, in addition to providing an alternate source of service provision in the case of some outage that affects multiple hardware components, or a whole data centre or geographic location. As standard, primary or single zone hosting is located in the UK, while secondary zone hosting is located in the EEA.
Outage reporting
Service affecting incidents are reported to client key contacts by email. Service affecting incidents include any observation of diminished service performance, reduced or missing functionality and not just observation of service outage. Initial emails may include only a report of the observation. Follow up emails will include notification of full service restoration, or estimated time to restoration, or additional details of mitigations or workarounds. Client key contacts may also request further details or additional help, as the emails are issued by a client support team, capable of responding to requests for additional information; the emails are not issued by "no-reply" mailboxes.

Identity and authentication

User authentication needed
Yes
User authentication
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
There are two type of management access, for client super users and for supplier administators. Client management access is limited to designated user accounts that have super user or admin status. Supplier management access is limited to designated user accounts. Supplier management user accounts have very strong passwords stored in password management vaults, to which only authorised users have access. Some supplier management actions require direct cloud resource management and this is performed via whitelisted or other restricted network access links.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least once a year
Management access authentication
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
  • Username or password

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
At least 12 months
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get 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

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
No
ISO 28000:2007 certification
No
CSA STAR certification
No
PCI certification
No
Other security certifications
Yes
Any other security certifications
Cyber Essentials

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Yes
Security governance certified
No
Security governance approach
Our security governance is meshed with our corporate governance, with our CEO having final responsibility for G-Cloud services and governance policies and our CTO having day-to-day responsibility for policy implementation. Our policies cover people, processes, technology and information assets, at board, management and operational levels. We review our policies and update our practices in light of new regulation, standards and best practice to ensure we are able to counter current and emerging threats.
Information security policies and processes
Our information security policy follows guidance in ISO27001, is owned by our CEO and implemented by our CTO. The top level Information Security Policy is supported by Architecture, Operations and Client Access policies. The policy states security objectives and establishes principles to ensure current and continued adherance and continual improvement. The policy set is integral to staff induction and all staff are required to agree and accept that information security governance is a core working principle. Operational checklists enforce security practices at the day to day level, and activities cannot be signed off without verified completion. The checklists also contain sections for feedback and challenge so that we actively improve. All staff are expected to challenge, because if we don't, bad actors will. Standard reporting flows from operational analyst or team lead to manager to CTO, but any staff member can invoke exceptional reporting directly to management or board, to ensure that important issues receive appropriate attention. Internal reviews ensure that all information security processes are working smoothly and as designed. If exceptions are found, we perform root cause analysis to understand if/how we need to change working practice to support our information security objectives.

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
Service hardware components are managed by our data centre suppliers. Component lifecycle management is accredited to ISO27001, including storage overwrite and secure destruction. Service software is assembled from existing software components (proprietary and open source), is obtained only from the official repository, and security checked before use. No custom software is used. The service deployment checklist records all versions and change dates. Planned infrastructure or software changes are reviewed for new or changed features or capabilities, and internal software library dependencies. If needed, configurations are changed to disable unnecessary new features or mitigate any additional security exposure.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
We monitor vulnerability feeds, vendor and security researcher blogs to understand emerging threats. We then make an assessment to confirm any potential to affect service, and if so, determine severity and likelihood. Based on our assessments, we create a mitigation plan that may include a change to operation practice, a planned upgrade or an emergency upgrade. Operational changes and emergency upgrades are carried out as soon as reasonably practical following assessment and planning. Planned upgrades are accommodated within the normal upgrade or patching cycle.
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
System event monitoring is used to facilitate the identification, classification and analysis of potential security incidents. Any security-related incident is classified as a severely service affecting incident, is escalated accordingly and actioned immediately. Different techniques and processes are employed to mitigate and recover service integrity, depending on the nature of the incursion. Further details are available on request.
Incident management type
Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach
All service incidents follow a standard process. A triage step classifies to: common event not service affecting; service affecting; severely service affecting. Common events are handled by following a routine process. Events affecting service severely are immediately escalated to acquire necessary resource and management support. All other incidents are handled by the respective support team. Clients can report incidents by email to the support team. Update reports and communications are issued for all client-reported and service affecting incidents. When service affecting incidents are resolved, root cause analysis is performed to determine mitigating actions.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Supplier-defined process

Public sector networks

Connection to public sector networks
Yes
Connected networks
Joint Academic Network (JANET)

Pricing

Price
£200.00 a gigabyte a year
Discount for educational organisations
No
Free trial available
Yes
Description of free trial
The Plotly Chart Studio Cloud Visualisation service may be used as a trial prior to engaging with the Plotly Dash Open Source Visualisation service. Plotly Chart Studio Cloud is fully public on the web, so is suitable only for fully public datasets. There is no time limit.

Service documents