Public Sector Cloud

Mix and match the right technologies to suit your needs. Our multi-cloud platform incorporates technologies from multiple cloud stacks, provides a choice of locations, and is available in multiple classification levels – including up to Above OFFICIAL.

Our Platform

The UKCloud platform is designed to be a UK sovereign cloud solution hosted in two locations in the UK – Farnborough in Hampshire, and Corsham in Wiltshire offering 100km distance separation. Within each location, UKCloud utilises two separate Ark Data centres totalling four separate data centres. These are all connected by fibre links allowing customers to design for performance, redundancy and availability, and are managed and supported by UKCloud 24/7.  The platform undergoes constant capacity management to ensure that there is enough resource for customers to scale their workloads on demand.

Within these data centre locations, the tool below demonstrates the core cloud technologies, connectivity and security domains available.

UKCloud for OpenStack

UKCloud for OpenStack is the perfect platform for organisations who want to build their digital transformation around open source. By hosting your applications on UKCloud for OpenStack, you can start to deliver a true cloud-native experience and can begin to enjoy the benefits of elastic infrastructure as code and rapid deployment times.

Powered by Red Hat’s OpenStack Platform, this service provides a full suite of modern, highly scalable and flexible IaaS services that address the needs of DevOps and WebOps communities.

UKCloud Azure Stack Hub

Is Microsoft Azure your organisation’s endgame? If so, then UKCloud Azure Stack Hub offers the perfect opportunity to apply these emerging skillsets to legacy workloads.

Our private Azure Stack Hub service is delivered from within our award-winning government-grade platform – addressing the service, connectivity and diversity requirements of UK Public Sector organisations. UKCloud can also support your deployments on Azure public as a Tier 1 Cloud Service Provider (CSP), providing a hybrid solution for your Microsoft Azure environments.

UKCloud for Red Hat OpenShift

Refactor, rearchitect or rebuild legacy applications with UKCloud for Managed OpenShift.

We offer a secure, private deployment of Red Hat’s OpenShift container platform so you can develop and deploy your applications with government-grade assurance. Allowing your developers to divorce themselves from physical hardware and package applications so they can be deployed anytime, anywhere. Focus your team on delivering value further up the stack with the rapid delivery of quality-controlled code.

UKCloud for VMware

A trusted, connected and flexible VMware cloud, we provide our customers with an interface that replicates the experience they already know and love. UKCloud for VMware provides self-service provisioning of Virtual Data Centres (VDCs), Virtual Machines (VMs), storage and networking.

And with native backup and disaster recovery solutions, performant storage options and government-network connectivity – you have all the tools you need to rehost enterprise applications in the cloud.

Public Services Network (PSN)

Owned by the government, the PSN serves as a high-performance network for all public sector organisations. Helping increase interoperability amongst departments and reducing repeat work. 

At UKCloud, our native connectivity provides access to most central, local and devolved government organisations. Cleared to carry both Assured and Elevated workloads  now even your most sensitive systems can move to the cloud. 

To use this network, your organisation must have a PSN compliance certificate. 

Restricted LAN Interconnect (RLI)

RLI is a high-security network with pre-approved connection options for the defence community and industry partners.  

Available as part of our multi-cloud offering, defence organisations can quickly access the critical information they need to deliver new and existing services in the cloud. Not only will your data be hosted in our state-of-the-art facilities – but you’ll also benefit from direct access to one of the UK’s most secure networks. 

Connection to RLI is subject to vetting and approval from the MoD. 

Health and Social Care Network (HSCN)

HSCN is a high-speed data network dedicated to health and care – replacing the previously used N3 network. As with PSN, RLI, and Janet – this network was launched with the hope to improve interoperability amongst its incumbents. 

Built on the crown campus, UKCloud offers native access to HSCN – providing healthcare organisations with the opportunity to take applications with dependencies to this network and deliver them in the cloud. 

Janet

Janet – owned by Jisc – is a high-speed network for the UK research and education sector. Janet currently serves over 18 million users and is the most active National Research and Education Network in Europe – carrying 1.5 petabytes worth of data each year. 

Built on the Crown Campus, UKCloud offers direct access to the Janet network so the education industry can access the data and resources they need to deliver new and existing services in the cloud. 

Assured Official

The UKCloud Assured OFFICIAL cloud platform previously achieved CESG Pan Government Accreditation (PGA) and is PSN accredited to host OFFICIAL data (including OFFICIAL SENSITIVE) which is accessible via native connectivity to DDoS protected internet, PSN, HSCN and Janet networks dependent on relevant accreditation. You can also connect private connections, and the platform undergoes regular audits and CHECK tests

Elevated Official

The UKCloud Elevated OFFICAL cloud platform previously achieved CESG Pan Government Accreditation (PGA) and is PSN accredited to host OFFICIAL data (including OFFICIAL SENSITIVE) which is accessible via native connectivity to PSN, RLI and other secure or/and encrypted government networks dependant on relevant accreditation.

You can also connect private connections, and the platform undergoes regular audits and CHECK tests. This isolated platform allows UK public sector organisations to create highly secure workloads in the cloud, whilst segregating data and compute functions into either the Assured or Elevated platforms to ensure data is secure.

Above Official

UKCloud offers uncompromising security and integrity.

As the only UK sovereign Strategic Cloud Provider with government-approved secure facilities and security-cleared staff, we bring the power of the cloud into the most secure and sensitive environments. Making it easy to connect and share information between security domains.

Your mission-critical systems operating at Tier 2 or SECRET require the highest levels of integrity and availability – and our platform is ready to deliver superior levels of resilience.

Go Public or Private

There is no one-size-fits-all solution.

We understand that every organisation is different in the way they budget for IT spend (State of Cloud Adoption, 2020). UKCloud offers the flexibility to provide cloud solutions on a public, private or hybrid basis, allowing you to be flexible and customise how you use the UKCloud platform, and design in line with your workload, licensing and data sensitivity requirements.

Whatever your preference, we can help you build a cloud that is specific to your needs.

Cross Domain Security Zone

Give secure, internal-enabled access to government-grade networks with Cross Domain Security Zone (CDSZ).

Perhaps UK citizens require intermittent access to data stored on HSCN, or you need to give your remote workforce better access to critical systems? Whatever your requirements, CDSZ can help remove one of the biggest blockers to cloud adoption in the public sector. Aligned to NCSC’s Cloud Security Principles and with 24/7 support, you can rest easy that your data is in safe hands.

Secure Remote Access

Secure Remote Access uses NCSC-approved internet Virtual Private Network (VPN) technologies and a ‘Walled Garden’ architectural pattern so you can securely connect to the UKCloud Elevated Official Cloud Platform.

Only available for PSN protected, users without direct access to this network can access critical data with ease. Helping you to mobilise your workforce and get work done.

Choice and Flexibility

The table below offers an at-a-glance summary for core platform capability.

 

Technologies
VMware Red Hat Microsoft Oracle
Locations
On-Campus Off-Campus On-Premise Edge
Types
Public Private Community Edge
Classification
OFFICIAL OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE Above OFFICIAL

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Private Cloud and Storage Options

1. Private Cloud

The perfect solutions for public sector organisations who require a dedicated compute infrastructure rather than a multi-tenant compute solution

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2. Private Cloud for Oracle Software

Deploy private implementations of Oracle Cloud, Exadata Cloud, Oracle Big Data Cloud or Exadata Engineered Systems within UKCloud’s assured, sovereign data centres.

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3. Cloud Storage

Cloud Storage is a secure and highly adaptable storage service designed to address a wide variety of use cases. It is natively optimised for cloud storage in terms of scale, resilience and accessibility.

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Getting started with UKCloud

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