Connectivity

UKCloud is one of the best-connected clouds for the UK Public Sector. Maximise the productivity of your cloud solution with our flexible connectivity options that will help to fully enable your workloads.

Why UKCloud?

  • We’re designed for cloud – Only pay for what you use with no long-term commitment
  • We have established assurance wrap processes for relevant connections – Ensuring that the connection, process and all of your data is secure
  • We’re approved and certified ready for use – Customise multiple services from one provider with no lengthy delays
  • We have experienced security-cleared UKCloud staff – To help advise you and establish the connectivity solution that best fits your needs

Our connectivity options include DDoS-protected internet access, government network connections such as Janet, N3/HSCN, PSN Assured and Protected, as well as customised connections such as RLI which utilises our HybridConnect service.

Supporting both cloud native and enterprise applications (based on Azure, VMware, OpenStack and Oracle stacks) our multi-cloud platform is used extensively to host both citizen web applications, and internal facing applications only available through secure government networks.

The UKCloud Platform

Assured OFFICIAL

A security domain on the UKCloud platform that provides access to public networks, such as the internet, PSN Assured, N3 and Janet.

DDoS-protected Internet

Resilient internet access to our Assured OFFICIAL platform via multiple ISPs. DDoS-protected as standard, uncapped usage and provided free-of-charge for every Assured OFFICIAL customer.

PSN Assured (Public Services Network)

A general purpose, unencrypted Public Services Network which provides access to most central, local and devolved government organisations. We offer access to our resilient PSN Assured connectivity on a shared bandwidth model. To use this network, your organisation must have a PSN compliance certificate.

N3 Network

N3 is the NHS National Network and will be available until March 2018, when it is replaced by HSCN (Health and Social Care Network). It is connected to all health and social care organisations across England. Our aggregator status means that we can assess an organisation’s need to join the N3 as well as provide connectivity to the network. We offer access to our resilient and scalable N3 connectivity on a shared bandwidth model.

HSCN (Health and Social Care Network)

HSCN (Health and Social Care Network) will be the replacement for N3 and will be available in March 2018. It will connect all health and social care organisations across England, including non-core NHS services such as pharmacies and dentists. Our commercial model means that you do not need to wait for a HSCN Connection Agreement to start using HSCN – it’s all included in our single contract.

Janet

Janet is the UK’s high-speed research and education network connected to all education organisations and research councils. Janet provides extremely reliable and high-bandwidth connectivity that will support innovation, research and learning in your organisation.

Elevated OFFICIAL

A security domain on the UKCloud platform that provides secure access to restricted networks such as PSN Protected.

PSN Protected

The PSN-P is the encrypted Public Services Network with onward connectivity to other legacy government community networks including GSI, PNN, CJX, GSX and others. We offer access to our resilient PSN-P connectivity on a shared bandwidth model. To use this network, your organisation must have a PSN compliance certificate.

RLI

RLI (Restricted LAN Interconnect) is a high-security network with pre-approved connection options for the defence community and industry partners. Connection to RLI is subject to vetting and approval from the MoD.

HybridConnect

HybridConnect makes it easy to create a hybrid cloud by securely connecting conventional hosting facilities to UKCloud’s Assured OFFICIAL and Elevated OFFICIAL cloud platforms. HybridConnect supports a variety of private connectivity options which enable hybrid topologies. These include connectivity to Crown Hosting and other third-party facilities.

Assurance Process

  • PSN Assured – You will need to obtain a Code of Connection from the PSN Authority to be allowed to connect to the PSN-A
  • PSN Protected – You will need to obtain a Code of Connection from the PSN Authority to be allowed to connect to the PSN-P
  • N3 – You will need to go through the N3 aggregation process to be allowed to connect to N3. We can guide you through this process
  • HSCN – You will need to sign a Connection Agreement and submit it to UKCloud to connect to HSCN
  • RLI – You will need to be accredited by the MoD to be able to connect to the RLI network
  • HybridConnect – If connecting to the Elevated platform, you will need to use an encrypted leased line. There is no government mandated assurance process

To find out more about our connectivity options and how they could benefit your organisation, please get in touch.