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UKCloud for OpenStack

Deliver on an assured hyperscale cloud platform

Powered by OpenStack®, UKCloud for OpenStack provides a full suite of modern, highly scalable and flexible IaaS services that address the needs of DevOps and WebOps communities. 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.

UKCloud for OpenStack is engineered specifically for organisations embracing digital transformation and delivering true cloud-native applications; facilitating the creation of elastic infrastructure as code, which can be built once and run anywhere at any time to take full advantage of the benefits of cloud. OpenStack’s ease of use and openness enable delivery of Digital by Default services and solutions on an assured, hyperscale cloud platform.

Our UKCloud for OpenStack service perfectly complements our UKCloud for VMware service, by extending our proven, highly resilient cloud solutions to offer a platform that meets the requirements of digital, cloud-native applications, yet provides all the security, assurance and connectivity benefits synonymous with UKCloud.

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  • Features and Benefits

    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

    focused 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

    UKCloud for OpenStack 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

    Highly resilient

    create solutions spanning multiple geographically dispersed UK sites to increase resiliency of your solution. This also allows a secondary site to be utilised as a Disaster Recovery region

    24/7 service desk included as standard with SLA response times

    feel supported to get the best from your application

    Platform spans two UK data centres separated by over 100km

    architect solutions with confidence that applications and services remain available

    Cross-domain functionality: controlled access between internet and Elevated domains

    make compelling citizen facing services, whilst ensuring data remains safe

    Assured; UK hosted by SC and NPPV cleared personnel

    have confidence in who has access to your data

    Aligned with NCSC Cloud Security Principles

    solutions on a cloud that aligns with NCSC best practice

    Connect over the internet, PSN, HSCN, Janet or RLI

    choose the right network to connect your solution to

    Service Options

    This service allows you to: 

    • Programmatically create and manage instances via the OpenStack API 
    • Choose an instance flavour based on your requirements 
    • Reconfigure virtual hardware on the fly 
    • Interact programmatically with the instance operation system 
    • Use the global ecosystem of OpenStack tools and applications 
    • Upload custom instance images, applications and data, or choose from a catalogue of configurations  
    • Add persistent storage where required
    • Connect to DDoS protected internet, PSN, HSCN, Janet or RLI networks