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Crown Hosting Services

Contract ID: RM1069

Start Date: 16/05/2015

End Date: 15/03/2019

Description

Crown Hosting Services (CHS) offer easy to buy, highly efficient, co-location and data hosting on a flexible contract basis using medical grade standard. The facilities are high quality (built to medical standards), secure, 24x7x365. You can take as much or as little space as you need and only pay for what you use.

Co-location facilities provide space, power, cooling, and physical security for the server, storage, and networking equipment of other firms or public sector bodies—and connect them to a variety of telecommunications and network service providers—with a minimum of cost and complexity.

CHS is a single supplier agreement available to all central government departments, arm’s length bodies and the wider public sector buyers. The agreement is with Crown Hosting Data Centres and is a joint venture between the government and Ark Data Centres Limited.

It gives buyers access to co-located physical data centre space - for private or legacy systems.

The Crown Hosting Service offers:

● access to business critical data centre space
● a secure environment for legacy or transition to the cloud
● a flexible, pay-for-what-you-use model
● power uptime availability that exceeds Tier III (99.982% Availability)
● leading environmental performance

The agreement supplements the government’s “public cloud first” or “cloud native’ policy. Although “Cloud First” has helped the government move many applications to the cloud, some legacy applications either can’t make the transition in the short term, or are too expensive to switch. This cross-government framework ensures that these applications can continue to be hosted for as long as is necessary, which is secure and cost effective.

Benefits

The agreement has a number of benefits which include but is not limited to:

● easy access to co-located, secure data centres - with no minimum volume commitment
● cost savings (because government demand for data centre space is aggregated)
● time savings (because there’s no need to manage multiple supplier tenders)
● simple, transparent ‘pay-for-what-you-use’ pricing, so usage can be scaled as required
● choice of duration commitments that can be ended early without charge
● volume rebates as volumes rise
● robust performance service-level agreements, including power uptime
● strong step-in rights for government to ensure continuity of service if required

For more information:

http://crownhostingdc.co.uk/benefits/

Security

The data centres are:

● assured by the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) and Pan-Government Accreditation (PGA) to OFFICIAL
● capable of delivering services with increased security levels
● compliant with Security Policy Framework 2014, which covers mandatory policies for:

○ protective marking
○ personnel security
○ physical security
○ information security

● compliant with the ISO 27001 standard for security management

Service-level agreements

The service contract covers:

● power uptime
● power outages
● environmental performance
● WAN uptime (if purchased)
● incident management
● change management
● capacity management
● latency (if purchased)
● backup and disaster recovery through dual-data center campuses

Specific government requirements (for example, those relating to latency or service levels) can be agreed with the supplier and framework authority.

Infrastructure management and remote support

Datacentre infrastructure management tools offer the government real-time insight into:

● power usage
● cooling
● asset location
● infrastructure availability

The government will get remote support for certain tasks, for example, reboots and power cycling.

Quality and environmental standards

The data centres are compliant with the:

● ISO 9001 standard for quality management
● ISO 14001 standard for environmental management
● EU Code of Conduct, which is aligned with industry-recognised energy efficiency practices

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Access

Access to the agreement is via the CCS Framework Authority Manager only.

Please contact crownhosting[at]crowncommercial.gov[dot]uk or complete this form to discuss datacentre hosting for your legacy systems. 

A member of the team will be in touch shortly to discuss your requirements.

Due to the nature of this agreement and your specific needs, the engagement may likely to include a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) before your requirements are discussed further.

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Savings

All savings will be calculated on a case-by-case basis as many factors need to be considered. For example, it may depend on the scale and current life cycle of the Buyer’s legacy hosting provision. 

For more information on the savings which you could benefit from, please contact us.

Email: crownhosting[at]crowncommercial.gov[dot]uk

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Background

One of the main aims of CHDC, is to be the transition point in supporting the UK Government’s “Cloud First” policy. This is done through the implementation of a robust framework agreement for public sector customers, which is easy to procure highly efficient data centre co-location and data hosting, on a flexible contract basis.

This agreement is between the Framework Authority (CCS - Executive Agency of the Cabinet Office) and the supplier (CHDC).

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Lot details

Lot Number Lot Name Lot Category Number of Suppliers Contract Expiry
1 Data Centre Co-location Services Construction 1 - click here to view suppliers 15/03/2019

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Framework Manager Contact Details

Saurav Sarkar

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