Redcentric Solutions Limited

Managed Amazon Web Services (AWS)

This service enables customers to run workloads on AWS without the overhead of designing, deploying, monitoring and managing the AWS resources.
Redcentric combines technology expertise, automated services, AWS best practices, design and support expertise to deliver end to end AWS solutions.

Features

  • AWS workloads designed to match your requirements.
  • Deployed by Redcentric.
  • Managed by Redcentric.
  • Monitored by Redcentric.
  • Optimised by Redcentric.
  • Supported by Redcentric.
  • Secured by Redcentric.

Benefits

  • Redcentric manages your infrastructure, you manage your business.
  • Pay for what you use.
  • Scales to meet demand.
  • Manage workloads more efficiently.
  • Manage workloads more cost-effectively.
  • Migration to AWS to get workloads up and running

Pricing

£0.01 per unit per month

  • Free trial available

Service documents

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Service scope

Service scope
Service constraints Not Applicable
System requirements Not Applicable

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Email or online ticketing
Support response times Redcentric aim's to respond to all questions within 15 minutes, 24 / 7
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 Redcentric’s customer service operation is available 24/7/365 and can be contacted by telephone, email or via the customer portal. Support is included at no additional cost with Redcentric's services. Redcentric has one direct point of contact for customer support, which deals with all aspects of the service. The Redcentric customer services team takes full responsibility for supporting and logging problems and technical support queries. Their specific role is to ensure that all telephone, email and portal queries are answered and resolved as promptly as possible. Redcentric has a team of Technical Account Managers and Cloud Support Engineers available. These teams are not included as a standard service and are charged based on the published SFIA rate card.
Support available to third parties Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started Redcentric provides Technical Account Manager who coordinates the process of getting your application up and running on AWS. Redcentric also provides a dedicated technical architect to design your infrastructure solution based on best practices.

AWS provides a range of resources to help customers get started on our services. 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 public sector account team.
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
End-of-contract data extraction Depending on the type of AWS services in use, data may be copied out using OS-level tools (such as xopy or rsync) or APIs.
End-of-contract process Buyer may terminate the relationship with Redcentric for any reason by (i) providing Redcentric with 30 days notice and (ii) closing their account for all services for which Redcentric provides an account closing mechanism, or instructing Redcentric in writing to close the services.

Buyers pay for the services they use to the point of account termination.
Redcentric customers retain control and ownership of their data. AWS will not erase customer data for 30 days following an account termination. This allows customers to retrieve content from AWS services so long as the customer has paid any charges for any post-termination use of the service offerings and all other amounts due.

In case for any reasons customers want to end their contract with Redcentric but continue with AWS, Redcentric can assist in transitioning your account directly to AWS or your preferred AWS service provider.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Using the web interface Almost all functionality for each of our services is exposed through the web console. The web console facilitates management for all aspects of the AWS account in a consolidated view whilst providing access to all services and their respective functionalities. In some cases, specific configuration parameters of a service are dedicated to, and only available from, the CLI, SDK, or API interface.
Web interface accessibility standard None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible The Redcentric portal is designed using OpenSource technology which is compatible with most accessibility devices.
Text size can be increase and text recognition tools work in most circumstances.
Web interface accessibility testing None
API Yes
What users can and can't do using the API All AWS functionality is exposed via an API.
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • SaltStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
  • Other
Other API automation tools
  • Wide range of 3rd party services hook into AWS APIs
  • Offer SDKs for Python, Ruby, PHP, JavaScript, Java, .NET, Node.js.
API documentation Yes
API documentation formats
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • Other
Command line interface Yes
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
Using the command line interface All AWS functionality is available via the CLI.

Scaling

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

Services which provide virtualized operational environments to customers (i.e. EC2) ensure that customers are segregated via security management processes/controls at the network and hypervisor level.

AWS continuously monitors service usage to project infrastructure needs to support availability commitments/requirements. AWS maintains a capacity planning model to assess infrastructure usage and demands at least monthly, and usually more frequently. In addition, the AWS capacity planning model supports the planning of future demands to acquire and implement additional resources based upon current resources and forecasted requirements.
Usage notifications Yes
Usage reporting
  • API
  • Email
  • SMS
  • 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
  • AWS resources: e.g. Amazon EC2/Amazon RDS DB instances, DynamoDB tables
  • Custom metrics generated by customers’ applications and services
  • Metrics associated with log files generated by the application
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Real-time dashboards
  • Regular reports

Resellers

Resellers
Supplier type Reseller providing extra features and support
Organisation whose services are being resold Amazon Web Services

Staff security

Staff security
Staff security clearance Other security clearance
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
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • EU-US Privacy Shield agreement locations
  • Other locations
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 Other
Other data at rest protection approach AWS adheres to independently validated privacy, data protection, security protections and control processes.

AWS is responsible for the security of the cloud; Redcentric provides guidance and resources to assist security in the cloud for the customers.

AWS enables customers to control their content (where it will be stored, how it will be secured in transit or at rest, how access to their AWS environment will be managed).

Wherever appropriate, we offer customers options to add additional security layers to data at rest, via scalable and efficient encryption features. AWS offers flexible key management options and dedicated hardware-based cryptographic key storage.
Data sanitisation process Yes
Data sanitisation type
  • Explicit overwriting of storage before reallocation
  • Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach In-house destruction process

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
Backup and recovery Yes
What’s backed up
  • Machine Image
  • Volume / Block Volume
  • Cross-region replication; bucket versioning, lifecycle rules
  • Files on EFS
  • Tables and data
  • Memory snapshot to disk
  • Directory Snapshot
  • Logs/Config Logs(to S3)
  • Code download
  • Swagger Export
Backup controls Manual or scheduled API call
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
  • 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
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Bonded fibre optic connections
  • Legacy SSL and TLS (under version 1.2)
Data protection within supplier network Other
Other protection within supplier network Customer environments are logically segregated to prevent users and customers from accessing resources not assigned to them. AWS gives customers ownership and control over their content by design through simple, but powerful tools that allow customers to determine how their content will be secured in transit.
AWS enables customers to open a secure, encrypted channel to AWS services using TLS/SSL, and/or IPsec or TLS VPN (if applicable), or other means of protection the customer wishes to use.
API calls can be encrypted with TLS/SSL to maintain confidentiality; the AWS Console connection is encrypted with TLS

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability AWS currently provides SLAs for several services. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of AWS’s product offerings, SLAs are best reviewed directly on the AWS website via the links below:

• Amazon EC2 SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/ec2-sla/
• Amazon S3 SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/s3-sla
• Amazon CloudFront SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/cloudfront/sla/
• Amazon Route 53 SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/route53/sla/
• Amazon RDS SLA: http://aws.amazon.com/rds-sla/
• AWS Shield Advanced SLA: https://aws.amazon.com/shield/sla/

Well-architected solutions on AWS that leverage AWS Service SLA’s and unique AWS capabilities such as multiple Availability Zones, can ease the burden of achieving specific SLA requirements.
Approach to resilience Redcentric will work with customers to understand their disaster recovery/resilience requirements, and will architect a solution designed to meet the defined recovery time / point objectives.

The AWS Business Continuity plan details the process that AWS follows in the case of an outage, from detection to deactivation. AWS has developed a three-phased approach: Activation and Notification Phase, Recovery Phase, and Reconstitution Phase. This approach ensures that AWS performs system recovery and reconstitution efforts in a methodical sequence, maximizing the effectiveness of the recovery and reconstitution efforts and minimizing system outage time due to errors and omissions.

AWS maintains a ubiquitous security control environment across all regions. Each data centre is built to physical, environmental, and security standards in an active-active configuration, employing an n+1 redundancy model, ensuring system availability in the event of component failure. Components (N) have at least one independent backup component. In case of failure, there is sufficient capacity to enable traffic to be load-balanced to the remaining sites.

AWS provides a robust continuity plan, including the utilization of frequent server instance back-ups, data redundancy replication, and the flexibility to place instances and store data within multiple geographic regions across multiple Availability Zones.
Outage reporting Public dashboard; personalised dashboard with API and events; configurable alerting (email / SMS / messaging)

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
  • Other
Other user authentication AWS controls access via unique user ID/password authentication. No actions are permissible without authentication. Remote access is multi-factor, login attempts are limited, remote administrative access attempts are logged and reviewed by Security. Suspicious activity initiates incident response procedures.

A session lock out policy that is systematically enforced: locks are retained until identification/authentication procedures are concluded.

AWS’s Identity and Access Management (IAM) system controls access to AWS services/resources. IAM facilitates the issuance of access permissions per user/group. MFA is available at no extra cost.
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels IAM provides user access control to AWS services, APIs and specific resources. Other controls include time, originating IP address, SSL use, and whether users authenticated via MFA devices.

API calls to launch/terminate instances, change firewalls, and perform other functions are signed by customers’ Amazon Secret Access Key (either the root AWS Account’s Secret Access Key or the Secret Access key of a user created with AWS IAM). Amazon EC2 API calls cannot be made on customers’ behalf without access to customers’ Secret Access Key.

API calls can be encrypted with TLS/SSL for confidentiality and customers can use TLS/SSL-protected API endpoints.
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Other
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 User-defined
Access to supplier activity audit information You control when users can access 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 EY CertifyPoint
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 11/11/2016
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover N/A
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification Yes
CSA STAR accreditation date 11/11/2016
CSA STAR certification level Level 2: CSA STAR Attestation
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover N/A
PCI certification Yes
Who accredited the PCI DSS certification Coalfire Systems Inc
PCI DSS accreditation date 11/07/2016
What the PCI DSS doesn’t cover Rackspace fanatical support services for AWS is also PCI certified.
Other security certifications Yes
Any other security certifications
  • Cyber Essentials Plus
  • ISO 27017
  • ISO 27018
  • SOC 1/2/3

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance certified Yes
Security governance standards
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards Cyber Essentials Plus; ISO 27017; ISO 27018; SOC 1/2/3
Information security policies and processes AWS implements formal, documented policies and procedures that provide guidance for operations and information security within the organisation. Policies address purpose, scope, roles, responsibilities and management commitment.

Employees maintain policies in a centralised and accessible location. AWS Security Assurance is responsible for familiarizing employees with the AWS security policies.

AWS has established information security functions that are aligned with defined structure, reporting lines, and responsibilities. Leadership involvement provides clear direction and visible support for security initiatives.

The output of AWS Leadership reviews include any decisions or actions related to:

• Improvement of the effectiveness of the ISMS.
• Update of the risk assessment and treatment plan.
• Modification of procedures and controls that affect information security to respond to internal or external events that may impact the ISMS.
• Resource needs.
• Improvement in how the effectiveness of controls is measured.

Policies are approved by AWS leadership at least annually or following a significant change to the AWS environment.

Operational security

Operational security
Configuration and change management standard Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach Changes to AWS services and features follow secure software development practices, including security risk reviews prior to launch. Developer access to production environments is via explicit access system requests, subject to owner review and authorisation. All production environment changes are reviewed, tested and approved. Stages include design, documentation, implementation (including rollback procedures), testing (non-production environment), peer to peer review (business impact/technical rigour/code), final approval by authorised party.

All customer related changes will be managed through Redcentric change management systems. Redcentric will manage the change as scheduled, keeping you fully informed on progress.
Vulnerability management type Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach AWS Security performs vulnerability scans on the host operating system, web applications, and databases in the AWS environment. Approved 3rd party vendors conduct external assessments (minimum frequency: quarterly). Identified vulnerabilities are monitored and evaluated. Countermeasures are designed and implemented to neutralise known/newly identified vulnerabilities.

AWS Security monitors newsfeeds/vendor sites for patches and receives customer intelligence via http://aws.amazon.com/security/vulnerability-reporting/.

AWS customers are responsible for all scanning, penetration testing, file integrity monitoring and intrusion detection for their Amazon EC2 and Amazon ECS instances/ applications. Scans should include customer IP addresses (not AWS endpoints). AWS endpoint testing is part of AWS compliance vulnerability scans
Protective monitoring type Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach Redcentric will confirm any monitoring requirements in addition to our default configuration. Your account manager will provide guidance and consultation around best practices. AWS deploys (pan-environmental) monitoring devices to collect information on unauthorized intrusion attempts, usage abuse, and network/application bandwidth usage. Devices monitor:
• Port scanning attacks
• Usage (CPU, processes, disk utilization, swap rates, software-error generated losses)
• Application metrics
• Unauthorized connection attempts

Requests to AWS KMS are logged and visible via the account’s AWS CloudTrail Amazon S3 bucket. Logs provide request information, under which CMK, and identify the AWS resource protected through the CMK use.
Incident management type Supplier-defined controls
Incident management approach Redcentric will apply a consistent approach to all incidents, except where a specific approach is agreed upon with you in accordance with your custom runbook. Incidents can be initiated by either: named customer contacts, Redcentric , event management tools (e.g., Redcentric Watchman or AWS CloudWatch). All incidents are logged in tickets accessible via the AWS Control Panel. Redcentric Support teams will investigate the incident in accordance with the agreed service level. Redcentric support will carefully review instructions on your account, will communicate regularly with you throughout the incident and may escalate the incident at any time until resolution is achieved.

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 Other
Other virtualisation technology used AWS proprietary
How shared infrastructure is kept separate Customer environments are logically segregated, preventing users and customers from accessing unassigned resources. Customers maintain full control over their data access. Services which provide virtualized operational environments to customers, ensure that customers are segregated and prevent cross-tenant privilege escalation and information disclosure via hypervisors and instance isolation.

Different instances running on the same physical machine are isolated from each other via the Xen hypervisor. The Amazon EC2 firewall resides within the hypervisor layer, between the physical network interface and the instance's virtual interface. All packets pass through this layer. The physical random-access memory (RAM) is separated using similar mechanisms.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency
Energy-efficient datacentres Yes

Pricing

Pricing
Price £0.01 per unit per month
Discount for educational organisations No
Free trial available Yes
Description of free trial AWS consumption fees are waived for a 30 day period, for a limited size trial. Redcentric professional service fees for solution design, deployment and support are negotiable for a trial.

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