Fordway Infrastructure as a Service – (IaaS)

Fordway’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) enables customers to securely host business critical applications and services and build Windows OS virtual private datacentres in a secure and trusted environment.  Fordway IaaS is delivered from Fordway’s highly resilient, dynamic platform hosted in TIA Tier 3 Plus UK datacentres.  Fordway’s underlying cloud platform is built to meet the demands of today’s multi-tenanted environments whilst ensuring performance and security is paramount, and is owned, managed and supported by Fordway.  Fordway’s IaaS service can integrate Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and other public cloud services giving customers the widest possible choice, enabling them to benefit from a fully hybrid, infinitely scalable ecosystem.

Storage and compute is delivered by our state-of-the-art infrastructure, ensuring quality of service at all times with resource isolation that safeguards one tenant’s activities from another’s. Fordway’s fully resilient virtualisation layer delivers processing power that scales with you as your business grows while the storage tier offers guaranteed, self-optimising performance when required.

Fordway Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) is offered in 3 versions; Standard, Premium and SecurePlus.

  • Fordway IaaS Standard – offers everything an organisation would need to host web facing and private servers with a range of chargeable options to increase capability.  Instances are available as Standalone or Resilient.
  • Fordway IaaS Premium – is a complete Windows or Linux server Platform as a Service.  It includes the operating system, monitoring, patching and a dedicated firewalls as standard and is accessible over the Internet or through private network links.
  • Fordway IaaS SecurePlus – is for customers requiring additional security controls to meet OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE for Internet facing workloads and hosts connectivity to the UK Public Services Network (PSN), NHS N3 and private network connections.  Secure Plus provides a range of additional security and compliance controls and reporting.

Version Comparison

Included: feature included in service

Optional: feature available at additional cost identified

Fordway IaaS Service Feature Standard Premium Secure Plus
Base availability monitoring Included Included Included
VPN administrator access (1) Included Included Included
Multi-factor authentication (1) Included Included Included
Internet access Included Included Included
Online service availability Included Included Included
Online service incident logging Included Included Included
Shared firewall Included Included Included
Dedicated virtual firewall context (2) Optional Included Included
Fordway DaaS integration Optional Included Included
Windows Server OS patching Optional Included Included
Windows OS Included Included Included
Windows Server Anti-Virus Included Included
Meets PGA to OFFICIAL (IL2) Included Included
Shared forward proxy service (3) Included Included
Unmetered Internet access (4) Included Included
OS level monitoring Included Included
Monthly service report Included Included
Proactive incident management (5) Included Included
Private WAN connectivity (6) Included Included
Server instance load balancing Included Included
Linux OS patching Optional Optional Included
Intrusion detection service Included
Security compliance reporting Included
Dedicated layer 2 firewall (7) Included
Meets OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE (IL3) Included
Intrusion prevention service Optional Optional Optional
Dedicated proxy for environment Optional Optional Optional
SSD Storage Optional Optional Optional
Resilient instances Optional Optional Optional
Separate data backup (8) Optional Optional Optional
Application specific monitoring Optional Optional
High Availability instances Optional Optional
Fordway IDAMS integration Optional Optional
Scheduled service reviews (8) Optional Optional
Assigned Service Manager (9) Optional Optional
UK PSN connectivity Optional
NHS N3 connectivity Optional
  1. A maximum of 2 administrator VPN accounts with MFA enabled per 10 servers
  2. Additional dedicated virtual firewalls are chargeable
  3. This a standard forward proxy with no content inspection or additional features
  4. Subject to Fordway’s fair use policy
  5. This is provided 7.00am to 7.00pm weekdays through Fordway’s Service Desk
  6. Excludes WAN provider installation and circuit costs
  7. This is provided through Fordway backup and Recovery as a Service (BRaaS)
  8. This is provided using Fordway Cloud Service Management which is in Lot 4 for G-Cloud

    Information assurance

    All elements of the service are certified to ISO27001 and Fordway hold Cyber Essentials and are in the final stages of Cyber Essentials Plus certification. Data is managed to ISO27001 procedures. For Public Sector customers Fordway IaaS is Pan Government Accredited to hold and process information up to and including OFFICIAL. Fordway IaaS Secure Plus offers additional controls to meet OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE and is undergoing PSN Service Provider (PSNSP) and NHS N3 certification. PSN and Internet connectivity is resilient across Fordway’s datacentres.

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