Extending the intelligence of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform into the Crown Campus and on-premises across multiple classification levels

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UKCloud for Microsoft Azure

Imagine the agility and innovation of the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform, available from a specialist UK owned and operated multi-cloud environment that is hosted in government-grade data centres.

Our exciting partnership with Microsoft demonstrates our belief that there is a right cloud platform for every workload. Together, we harness the innovation of Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud services within our award-winning government-grade multi-cloud environment – addressing the service, connectivity and diversity requirements of Defence and National Security organisations and their industry partners.

UKCloud for Microsoft Azure provides you with new options to harness Microsoft Azure alongside other cloud platforms including Oracle, VMware and OpenStack. This gives you the flexibility to accommodate diverse workloads within a low latency, accredited platform with native connectivity to non-cloud workloads in Crown Hosting and the networks which are vital to the Defence and National Security including the RLI, PSN, HSCN and secure private networks.

Additionally, UKCloud provides the benefits of local and specialist customer service and support. Our multi-cloud experts will help you with your architecture, Information Assurance, migrations and on-going support.  We’re big enough to cope, but small enough to care – and every customer benefits from having a named Service Delivery Manager as well as a UK-based 24/7 service desk and Network Operations Centre (NOC) that provides a 15-minute response to Priority 1 incidents, at no extra cost.

Trusted. Flexible. Specialist. It’s Azure Cloud, on your terms.

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  • Features and Benefits

    Our provision of Azure gives you the flexibility to accommodate diverse workloads at multiple classification levels within a low-latency, accredited platform with native connectivity to government community networks and non-cloud workloads in Crown Hosting.
    An Azure cloud for Defence and National Security

    Our Azure cloud enables Defence and National Security agencies to harness the technology without compromising on sovereignty, connectivity or security.

    Flexible Opex/Capex options

    UKCloud for Azure enables organisations to mix opex-based public cloud options with capex-based private cloud options to best suit their budgetary preferences.

    Convenience and flexibility

    UKCloud can provide Azure alongside clouds powered by VMware, Oracle and OpenStack to support a wider range of requirements and preferences as a true multi-cloud solution.

    Hybrid solution

    UKCloud for Microsoft Azure enables a coherent hybrid cloud solution enabling customers to transition existing environments to Azure IaaS and build cloud native applications on Azure PaaS.

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

    Feel supported to get the best from your application without the need for expensive Microsoft support contracts.

    Assured; UK hosted by SC, DV and NPPV cleared personnel

    Have confidence in who has access to your data and sensitive systems. Avoid the uncertainty of foreign jurisdiction and surveillance.

    Aligned with NCSC Cloud Security Principles

    Solutions on a cloud that aligns with NCSC best practice and recognised security patterns.

    Service Options

    This service allows you to: 

    • Deploy virtual machines using the UKCloud for Microsoft Azure portal and API 
    • Utilise pre-created images to speed up application delivery 
    • Write templates to deploy, update and delete resources 
    • Choose from five ways that storage can be addressed: 
    1. Azure Blob Storage (Page) 
    2. Azure Blob Storage (Block) 
    3. Azure Blob Storage (Append) 
    4. Azure Queue Storage  
    5. Azure Table Storage 
    • Use VM extensions to provide post deployment management for automation
    • Configure virtual private clouds, and manage private address space within Azure
    • Deploy basic IPv4 load balancers  
    • Create site-to-site VPNs to remote infrastructure 
    • Configure basic custom defined routing on virtual networks 
    • Utilise Key Vault to provide cryptographic secret storage for applications and services 
    • Connect to DDoS protected internet, PSN, HSCN, Janet or RLI networks