MDS Technologies Limited

Enterprise Compute Cloud for Oracle OFFICIAL (Assured)

Enterprise Compute Cloud for Oracle provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), powered by Oracle VM (OVM) technology, that is fully compliant with the compatibility and licensing requirement of Oracle-based enterprise applications.

Features

  • Powered by OVM technology
  • Configurable resource sizes
  • 24/7 service desk included as standard with SLA response times
  • Platform spans two UK data centres separated by over 100km
  • Utilise the Cross Domain Secuirty Zone solutions
  • Assured; hosted in the UK by approved operatives
  • Aligned with CESG Cloud Security Principles
  • Connect over the internet, PSN,N3 or JANET
  • Based on enterprise grade systems from Oracle, Cisco and EMC

Benefits

  • Perfect for Oracle's technical and commercial requirements
  • Configure the solution that is right for your application
  • Feel supported to get the best from your application
  • Architect solutions with confidence that applications and services remain available
  • Make compelling citizen facing services, whilst ensuring data remains safe
  • Have confidence in who has access to your data
  • Solutions on a cloud that aligns with CESG best practice
  • Choose the right network to connect your solution to
  • Use known technologies to de-risk your cloud transition

Pricing

£0.08 per unit per month

Service documents

G-Cloud 9

983057584745839

MDS Technologies Limited

Adrian Plummer

01225 816280

sales@mds.gb.net

Service scope

Service scope
Service constraints Planned maintenance windows are identified in the service description. Emergency maintenance windows are identified in the service description. Customers must prove compliance with the access requirements of private networks. Customers are responsible for licencing any Oracle software utilsed.
System requirements Customers will require a modern browser to access the service.

User support

User support
Email or online ticketing support Yes, at extra cost
Support response times Response times are based on the priority assigned to the incident:
P1 - 15 minute response, 4 working hour resolution (6 hours if logged outside of working hours)
P2 - 15 minute response, 6 working hour resolution
P3 - 30 minute response, 3 working day resolution
P4 - 60 minute response, 7 working day resolution
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 Support Levels are based on the priority assigned to the incident:
P1 - 15 minute response, 4 working hour resolution (6 hours if logged outside of working hours)
P2 - 15 minute response, 6 working hour resolution
P3 - 30 minute response, 3 working day resolution
P4 - 60 minute response, 7 working day resolution
Support available to third parties No

Onboarding and offboarding

Onboarding and offboarding
Getting started We operate a Service Implementation process to ensure we take on the support and management of the cloud-based platform in a controlled manner. This encompasses:
• Setup of monitoring, alerting and anti-virus utilising the MDS management toolset
• Establishing the key customer service interfaces and information reporting framework
• Providing access and interfaces to our Service Desk
• Establishing maintenance and patching regimes and schedules
• Ensuring the IaaS, PaaS or SaaS platform is fully documented and baselined
• Understanding the security and assurance requirements
• Formal acceptance by our Customer Service team
Service documentation Yes
Documentation formats
  • HTML
  • ODF
  • PDF
  • Other
Other documentation formats
  • Video
  • Audio
  • Webinars/Webex
  • Presentations
End-of-contract data extraction The customer has complete autonomy of how data is stored and managed within their virtual environment. Data can be extracted either from within the VM (for example, copying data over virtual networks), or the entire VM (for example, exporting as a VMDK or OVF). Assistance with this process can be provided by MDS and charged using our SFIA rates.
End-of-contract process Our off-boarding process is focused on ensuring the controlled shutdown of our service and, where appropriate, facilitating the transition to an alternative provider. This encompasses:
• Facilitating the removal of your data and content from the cloud platform
• Securely, and permanently, deleting all data, accounts and access such that they cannot be recovered
We can support the successful transfer of your services to another provider if requested. To support this we may:
• Appoint an Exit Manager
• Appoint a Project team for seamless handover to a new supplier or back to you to ensure service continuity
• Develop an Exit plan with your Exit Manager to identify all tasks and activities, for example:
• Transfer of all data to the new destination and provide backups as required
• Secure removal process for all data, user security, software etc.
• Acceptance and signoff of successful data and system transfer. This will include access by a nominated security cleared client representative or team to verify all data and systems have been successfully transferred and removed
The Exit team will be charged using our SFIA rates.

Using the service

Using the service
Web browser interface Yes
Using the web interface We provide a control panel allowing users to provision, manage and decommission various aspects of this service. It also allows users to interface with the UKCloud service management system including raising tickets and requests. The web interface also provides access to a comprehensive set of documentation and videos. Launch, manage and delete virtual network, compute and storage resources. Display network topology. Manage images including creation and recover of backups. Control access and security including key pairs, API access and floating IPs. Manage load balancers.
Web interface accessibility standard None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible The web interface is accessible using the most common web browsers and is delivered over various public and private networks including the internet, PSN, N3/HSCN and Janet. The web interface is protected by standards-based encryption, two-factor authentication and optionally IP address restrictions. The web interface is entirely HTML5 and does not require any auxilary plug-ins, therefore the web interface is accessible by any modern day desktop or mobile internet browser able to support secure HTTPS connections.
Web interface accessibility testing None
API Yes
What users can and can't do using the API You can use API calls to create, manage and monitor Service Requests and view information about the components of your environment. We provide native access to underlying APIs such as vCloud and OpenStack. These are compatible with tools such as Terraform and platforms such as AWS S3.
API automation tools
  • Ansible
  • Chef
  • OpenStack
  • SaltStack
  • Terraform
  • Puppet
  • Other
Other API automation tools Jenkins
API documentation Yes
API documentation formats
  • Open API (also known as Swagger)
  • HTML
  • ODF
  • PDF
Command line interface Yes
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
Using the command line interface Customers can full manage their virtual infrastructure resources including compute, storage and networking, including management of virtual images, programmatically or manually via the CLI.

Scaling

Scaling
Scaling available Yes
Scaling type
  • Automatic
  • Manual
Independence of resources In order to guarantee that users are not affected by the demands from other users, we use resource reservations and shares such as internet bandwidth shaping. In addition, the capacity planning team ensure that usage in terms of all resources are constantly monitored and increased accordingly relating to user demand.
Usage notifications No

Analytics

Analytics
Infrastructure or application metrics Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • Memory
  • Number of active instances
Reporting types
  • API access
  • Reports on request

Resellers

Resellers
Supplier type Reseller providing extra features and support
Organisation whose services are being resold UKCloud

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 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 CHECK service provider
Protecting data at rest
  • Physical access control, complying with CSA CCM v3.0
  • Physical access control, complying with another standard
  • Other
Other data at rest protection approach Customers are encouraged to protect their own data using encryption technologies where only they have the decryption key. In this way, our customers are assured that their data can never be accessed by a third party.
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 A third-party destruction service

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
Backup and recovery Yes
What’s backed up Virtual machines and associated data
Backup controls Depending on the backup or replication service that the customer chooses, this can be done either via the API or the UKCloud portal
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
  • Bonded fibre optic connections
Data protection within supplier network
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Other
Other protection within supplier network We offer the choice of connecting:
• Via the internet using additional encryption such as TLS 1.2
• IPSec VPN tunnels
• Via private networks such as leased lines or MPLS
• Via public sector networks such as PSN, N3, Janet

Availability and resilience

Availability and resilience
Guaranteed availability 99.95%
Approach to resilience Our service is deployed across a number of sites, regions and zones. Each zone is designed to eliminate single points of failure (such as power, network and hardware). Customers are encouraged to ensure their solution spans multiple sites, regions or zones to ensure service continuity should a failure occur.
Outage reporting All outages will be reported via the Service Status page and the notifications service within the UKCloud Portal.  Outages are identified as Planned maintenance, Emergency maintenance, and platform issues.  In addition, the designated Technical Account Manager will proactively contact customers as appropriate.

Identity and authentication

Identity and authentication
User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Limited access network (for example PSN)
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels Customers have the option to raise a support request via telephone or email. UKCloud will always authenticate the identity of the user by validating known phone numbers and asking them for specific characters within their pre-agreed memorable word. The management interfaces are only available on the UKCloud network.
Access restriction testing frequency At least every 6 months
Management access authentication 2-factor authentication
Devices users manage the service through
  • Dedicated device on a segregated network (providers own provision)
  • Dedicated device on a government network (for example PSN)
  • Dedicated device over multiple services or networks
  • Any device but through a bastion host (a bastion host is a server that provides access to a private network from an external network such as the internet)
  • 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 contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for Between 1 month and 6 months
Access to supplier activity audit information Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for Between 1 month and 6 months
How long system logs are stored for Between 1 month and 6 months

Standards and certifications

Standards and certifications
ISO/IEC 27001 certification Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001 LRQA
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date 09/12/2015
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover MDS' risk assessment process has highlighted that the following two areas of ISO27001 are out of scope:
14.1.3 Information Systems: Protecting Application Services Transactions
14.2.7 Information Systems: Outsourced Development
ISO 28000:2007 certification No
CSA STAR certification Yes
CSA STAR accreditation date 28/10/2016
CSA STAR certification level Level 1: CSA STAR Self-Assessment
What the CSA STAR doesn’t cover Nothing
PCI certification No
Other security accreditations Yes
Any other security accreditations Cyber Essentials Plus

Security governance

Security governance
Named board-level person responsible for service security Yes
Security governance accreditation Yes
Security governance standards
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards Cyber Essentials Plus, PSN connection compliance, ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001
Information security policies and processes We follow the policies and procedures laid down in ISO 27001:2013 standard. In particular, our Information Security Management System contains all of the policies that support our security management approach. Our Information Security Policy provides the highest level policy statements which is supported by a comprehensive Acceptable Use Policy which all staff must sign before being granted any system/Network access. Additional policies cover key areas including Security Incident Management, Management Review, Document Control, Data Protection, Access Control, Business Continuity, Encryption, Patch Management and Auditing.

As part of our Service Implementation Process we carry out a pre-handover security audit to ensure that we have met the required MDS Security standards as well as any specific customer security requirements which have been agreed.

All of the above is supported by an extensive internal and external (UKAS accredited) Audit programme which ensures that we maintain the high level of security standards laid down in our processes.

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 Configuration and Change management processes are fully aligned to ITIL best practise and documented within our Information Security Management System.

New customer environments are deployed using our scripted deployment tools to ensure a consistent and reliable build. Configuration changes to these environments are closely managed throughout the project to ensure that configuration records are maintained.

All changes to customer environments require both MDS and customer approval. This ensures that customers are fully aware and agree to any work being implemented within their environment.

The MDS Change Advisory Board meets weekly although Emergency Changes can be processed at short notice.
Vulnerability management type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Vulnerability management approach Our vulnerability management processes are compliant with ISO27001:2013 and supported by a comprehensive Patch Management policy. We undergo regular vulnerability assessments and also continually monitor a number of recognised sources of new vulnerability and threat information as well as any known exploits for them.

Our Patch Management process includes the regular and timely application of patches to software whilst minimising the potential impact of problem updates through testing and evaluation.
Protective monitoring type Conforms to a recognised standard, for example CSA CCM v3.0 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Protective monitoring approach MDS can implement a GPG-13 compliant Protective Monitoring solution through our relationship with Assuria. The Assuria Log Manager (ALM) application is a CESG CCTM accredited Forensic SIEM/Log Management Solution. ALM is cloud ready, Scalable, Flexible and provides analysis and real time alerting as well as full compliance reporting.

The ALM architecture allows the collection and management of almost any format and supports a wide range of log standards. Although ALM can work agentless, the installation of an ALM Agent (available for a wide range of platforms) enhances the service with automated log collection, rotation, digital signing and forwarding.
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 MDS’ Information Security Incident Management Policy fully complies with ISO27001:2013 and includes:
• Potential or actual breaches of confidentiality of a company or supported customer information asset, or potential or actual breaches of confidentiality of a supporting asset
• Potential or actual breaches of integrity of a company or supported customer information asset, or potential or actual breaches of integrity of a supporting asset
• Potential or actual interruptions to the availability of a company or supported customer information asset

The Policy applies to all employees, contractors and third party users of MDS information systems, and other related infrastructure.

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 At the compute/storage layer, consumers are separated via robust hypervisor controls based on VMware vSphere technology. This solution has been previously been validated by the NCSC PGA and the implementation is regularly tested via regular PGA scoped independent IT Security Health Checks conducted by a CHECK service provider.

Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency
Energy-efficient datacentres Yes

Pricing

Pricing
Price £0.08 per unit per month
Discount for educational organisations No
Free trial available No

Documents

Documents
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Skills Framework for the Information Age rate card View uploaded document
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