Powered by OpenStack®, UKCloud’s Cloud Native Infrastructure provides a full suite of modern, highly scalable and flexible IaaS services that address the needs of DevOps and WebOps communities. Using the ease and openness that OpenStack provides, Digital by Default services and solutions can be delivered on an assured hyperscale cloud platform.
By adopting OpenStack as the engine for Cloud Native Infrastructure, we deliver an open source based solution that leverages the mature and trusted cloud platform that UKCloud is known for:
|Globally backed cloud platform – The most widely adopted and understood open source cloud platform, providing you with a familiar service and an active open source community||Truly open, vendor neutral – Supports the UK public sector’s desire to avoid vendor lock-in, allowing you to switch vendor per your needs without substantial switching costs|
|Access to a vast catalogue of free open source tools – Helping you accelerate cloud development to improve workload efficiency and reduce costs through sharing code||Public sector focus – Exclusive focus on the UK public sector and 100% UK sovereign – the company, the staff and the data centres|
|Cloud Native compatibility – Compatible with popular continuous integration and delivery pipeline tools, as well as full support for containerisation including Docker and Kubernetes||Optimised service – Cloud Native infrastructure has been optimised for OFFICIAL and OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE data, as well as for dynamic and self-healing workloads|
|Span your infrastructure – This can be spanned across on-premises, private cloud and Crown Hosting to support your hybrid and multi-cloud strategies, as well as mitigating risk through geo-resilience||Connectivity to government networks – The only cloud provider connected to the following government networks: N3/HSCN, PSN, janet and RLI|
OpenStack has established itself as the open standard cloud platform on which developers are able to build agile and elastic digital solutions that are not locked into any single cloud service provider, unlike most multi-national public cloud services.
Reasons for OpenStack adoption include:
Implementation of hybrid/multi cloud strategies
This can span to on-premises, private cloud and public cloud environments, helping reduce the risk associated with using a single vendor or environment.
Recycle your investment with Amazon Web Services
OpenStack’s API provides EC2-compatible features, allowing you to control both environments through a single API. Also, OpenStack’s HEAT and AWS CloudFormation templates are cross compatible.
Increase business agility and innovation
OpenStack’s fully self-service capabilities provide a programmatic mechanism directly to developers to provide or tear down virtual infrastructure in seconds rather than weeks.
Test and deploy emerging technologies
Disposable environments can be rapidly deployed and scaled on a platform that allows for cloud-native applications to be developed in line with the Twelve-Factor App principles on a purpose-built cloud platform.
Find Cloud Native Infrastructure on the Digital Marketplace here.