Blueprints are technical support documents which explain how to do something on our platform. They are written by our cloud architects and are based on use cases deployed on our platform. We then publish these use cases in a Blueprint so that all of our customer community can benefit from them; it is hoped that they can be used by you to solve a challenge you may be faced with or to improve your existing cloud solution.


Using storage gateways with Cloud Storage (ECS)

Cloud storage (ECS) works especially well with modern web applications, but many other applications can also benefit from it if they can access it through more traditional file or block protocols. Read more.


Using file browsers with Cloud Storage (ECS)

Web applications can easily interact with the API, but the ability to browse the contents of the storage using a graphical client can be useful, as it provides a user-friendly interface to the storage. Read more.

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High Availability and Disaster Recovery Options

Ensuring critical IT systems can be quickly and easily recovered or continue to function after a disaster is a vital element of any organisation’s business continuity plans. Read more.

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UKCloud Building A Multi-tier Application

Government systems are increasingly digital, allowing for services to be shared across government organisations as well as enabling citizens to engage and transact with those systems online. Read more.


Configuring IPsec VPN in Cloud Native Infrastructure

This blueprint provides instructions for deploying an instance into your OpenStack project to function as a VPN endpoint, enabling secure connection to other projects, to vCloud Director VDCs and back to your own infrastructure inhouse. Read more.

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Programmatic Control of the UKCloud Platform

Compared to traditional hosting solutions, customers using UKCloud’s cloud services benefit from true utility pricing (per VM per hour) which means customers only pay for the resources that they are consuming. Before cloud, customers would have to size their solution for peak demand, and once the capex investment is made there is no benefit to dynamically rightsizing workloads. Read more.

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Using the UKCloud Guard

Our customers have varying requirements ranging from relatively low security solutions which are natively accessible on the Internet to higher security solutions which must be more restricted and only accessible over government community networks such as PSN or N3. Read more.


Key characteristics of cloud applications

Although many legacy and enterprise applications can run in the cloud, only applications that are designed specifically for the cloud can truly capitalise on the benefits offered by cloud platforms. These include accelerated time-to-value, unparalleled elasticity and reduced costs. Read more.

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Running legacy and enterprise applications in the cloud

The UKCloud Blueprint ‘Characteristics of cloud applications’ discusses the fact that, although many legacy and enterprise applications work in the cloud, only cloud applications are truly designed for the cloud. Read more.


Exporting and importing vApps and vApps templates

The UKCloud platform was designed and implemented so that it is identical in each data centre, with few differences between the Assured OFFICAL platform and the Elevated OFFICIAL platform. Read more.


Designing solutions for HSCN

The HSCN (Health and Social Care Network) is the replacement for the legacy N3 network. It enables you to connect to all health and social care organisations nationwide.Read more.


Designing solutions for N3

N3 is an IP Wide Area Network (WAN) which provides high availability, high speed network services to the NHS in England and Scotland. The N3 is essential for allowing hospitals and GP surgeries to connect and share data, as well as support programmes such as the NHS Care Records service. Read more.


Bring your own firewall to UKCloud

Historically, UKCloud has required customers to utilise the vCNS edge device provided. This blueprint discusses how you can now install your own networking device in the cloud (effectively bringing your own firewall). Read more.

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Manipulating Power States with PowerCLI

This blueprint describes the basics of how to use PowerCLI to power VMs and vApps on and off via a script, and then automate the script so that it can run unattended. Read more.