Cost control is just one of the key concerns facing public sector executives. Rapid turnaround, uptime guarantees and compliance to security standards are also of paramount importance. Whether you’re in local or central government, health, education or any other public service, Rackspace offers quick-deployment online infrastructure for your sites and applications. With extensive experience in public sector hosting, Rackspace will work with you to identify the right blend of public cloud, private cloud, dedicated hosting and hybrid hosting solutions, all backed by our award-winning Fanatical Support®.
Rackspace® Hosting, the service leader in cloud computing, has been selected as a vendor to the government's £60m G-Cloud framework. Rackspace can now supply Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and higher level Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) technologies to UK Government departments.
"Rackspace is committed to helping the government radically improve its level of IT efficiency and we are naturally very pleased to be on the government's procurement list for G-Cloud services," said Taylor Rhodes, Managing Director International at Rackspace. "We believe that cloud should be truly pay-as-you-go and now the UK government can maximise its cloud computing opportunity to the full potential."
Rackspace applauds government recognition of the cloud model's ability to disaggregate computing structures and engineer more flexibility into the public sector IT framework. The G-Cloud framework team has been clever and planned for hybrid hosting environments to be used while the platform in its entirety stabilises. Offering departments the option to use a mix of public cloud platforms and traditional dedicated hardware is probably the most prudent measure to further seed interest and confidence in hosted solutions for the longer term.
Rackspace is in the special position of being able to offer cloud services for both data processing and secure storage from its UK cloud data centre. As the government looks to address compliance and governance issues pertaining to the cloud, Rackspace also offers maximum levels of proximity with minimised latency.
The Royal Navy is the nation’s renowned senior service, protecting Britain’s interests, citizens, territory and economy by always being at the ready to discourage or defeat the nation’s enemies with ships, naval aircraft and Royal Marines capable of conducting decisive combat operations at sea, from the sea, on land and in the air alongside the sister services and international allies. The web forms a critical part of its communication network for recruitment and information delivery.
When the UK coalition government made a cabinet decision to reduce its costs across the board it impacted on every department in the public sector. The key factor for many was to be seen to be rationalising their public facing operations and showing it was genuinely possible to make significant cost savings without dilution of service, through resource sharing and the implementation of new technological solutions. The case story reveals how the DfT has benefited from its partnership with Rackspace.
The Joint Server Farm (JSF) is a shared secure hosting environment established by the MOD for all public web hosting, including all the hosting needs for British Army, Royal Navy and RAF recruitment web sites, as well as ArmyNET, the communications portal for soldiers to use to communicate with their families wherever they may be in the world.
NHS Direct is finalising a groundbreaking project to enhance its web and digital health services through the introduction and implementation of a brand new suite of online clinical self assessment tools.
E-Lecta Live is a live virtual classroom and a real-time online collaboration environment designed for teaching and training over the Internet. This enables users to arrange live classes, lectures, online meetings, group sessions, individual one-on-one sessions and webinars over the web in real time. The only requirement is a computer with an internet connection
Sequence’s clients are many and varied and include a number of highly secure online developments for Government and financial bodies as well new generation creative websites sites for the Welsh National Opera www.wno.org.uk and Brains Brewery- www.sabrain.com.
With over 10 million users, the Oyster card system requires a vast technical infrastructure and security to make it viable and practical to use. Customers need to be able to obtain an Oyster Card, top it up with cash, add in season tickets and other travel warrants or set the card to automatically top up from a nominated account. All this is now easily achieved directly through the Oyster website, hosted by Rackspace.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a global information security standard defined by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). The purpose of the standard is to reduce credit card fraud. This is achieved through increased controls around data and its exposure to compromise. The standard applies to all organizations which process, store, or transmit cardholder information. The purpose of this guide is to clearly explain which areas of PCI DSS Rackspace can assist with, and which responsibilities are solely those of the customer. For more information, please contact Rackspace – the home of Fanatical Support®
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a global information security standard defined by the Payment Card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI SSC). The purpose of the standard is to reduce credit card fraud. This is achieved through increased controls around data and its exposure to compromise. The standard applies to all organizations which process, store, or transmit cardholder information. The purpose of this guide is to clearly explain what PCI DSS is, who it is relevant to, which areas of PCI DSS Rackspace can assist with, and which responsibilities are solely those of the customer. For more information, please contact Rackspace – the home of Fanatical Support®
Everyone at Rackspace has been genuinely Fanatical in their support. It’s a really outstanding team. This relationship was perfectly illustrated when the Rackspace team were able to diagnose a database lookup issue, and with the help of Rackspace network and database specialists, recommended some technical changes which helped speed up the system significantly.
Graham West, Lieutenant Commander, Royal Navy