UKCloud has announced further investment in its partnership with VMware through the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status and the launch of various VMware-based capabilities. These new capabilities would help public sector organizations accelerate their digital transformation to adapt to the new normal of social distancing and remote working.
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent need to enforce social distancing in response to the lock-down has triggered a real drive across the UK public sector to shift from traditional channels to digital channels, stated UKCloud, in order to enable citizens, businesses and public sector staff to access public services and securely share data from remote locations.
Digital interactions and remote working practices could become the ‘new normal,’ added UKCloud. Therefore, public sector organizations should need to ensure that “the emergency solutions they’ve adopted are safe, compliant and sustainable for the long term.”
UKCloud has been focused on helping public sector organizations with digital transformation since 2011, and together with long-term partner VMware, has developed four key capabilities that are designed specifically for the ‘new normal’:
UKCloud has developed a “government-grade” desktop-as-a-service offering powered by VMware Horizon. This offering would enjoy the high assurance and secure connectivity benefits of UKCloud’s multi-cloud platform, as well as all-inclusive support from security cleared UK experts.
“We’re really proud to be working in partnership with UKCloud. For clear and good reason remote working requests have increased dramatically in recent weeks, many with an objective to obtain access to clinical applications wherever the user may be,” said Jeramie Sutton, Senior Sales Manager Healthcare UKI, VMware. “Combining VMware Horizon virtual desktop with UKCloud’s desktop as a service capabilities, including direct connectivity to HSCN, we’re well positioned to jointly deliver a secure solution to NHS trusts quickly, while still being tailored to their exact application requirements. Using both VMware’s and UKCloud’s expertise in the healthcare sector, we truly feel that this solution delivers meaningful outcomes, in the timescales and offering the flexibility the NHS requires.”
As a VMware Cloud Verified partner, UKCloud provides organizations the ability to adopt a familiar and compatible cloud technology rather than having to re-develop everything using “expensive” cloud native skills. By leveraging existing skills and familiar VMware toolsets, public sector organizations can “easily” extend, protect, or replace on-premises infrastructure with multi-cloud solutions from UKCloud. The use of multiple clouds and deployment models is ever increasing, and UKCloud can help create hybrid VMware Cloud environments spanning on-premises, UKCloud data centers and Crown Hosting, supporting digital transformation.
“UKCloud, a UK Public Sector specialist service provider, is one of our most recent service providers in EMEA to achieve Cloud Verified status. With this badge UKCloud has been verified to deliver VMware validated design services,” said Hervé Renault, EMEA Head of Cloud, VMware. “With the Cloud Verified services, UKCloud can deliver flexible and interoperable solutions to allow its customers in the public sector get the most out of their cloud investment.”
Given the significant government expenditure to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, it would be inevitable that there will be much more emphasis on cost reduction with a need to build IT strategies that enable public sector organizations to be flexible. UKCloud has worked with VMware on two key capabilities.
First, the Cloud Adoption Licensing Model (CALM) from UKCloud is designed to help organizations overcome lock-in to multi-year Enterprise License Agreements (ELA) while accelerating the transition from traditional VMware environments to a more flexible and affordable cloud-based model.
Second, organizations might have adopted public cloud platforms sub-optimally in their rush to get new services online, and this means there will be overspend in many cases. UKCloud provides a Cost Optimisation Service, powered by VMware CloudHealth, which would help organizations realize the value of cloud, optimize cloud spend and eliminate unused or under-used resources.
Cloud Native services
UKCloud and its partnership with VMware has been energized through the achievement of VMware Cloud Verified status and together it continues to underpin digital transformation initiatives across the public sector.
VMware’s recent acquisitions of Pivotal, Bitnami and Carbon Black would directly align with UKCloud’s values of choice and its multi-cloud approach, jointly enabling customers to deliver “secured, sustainable and flexible” digital services alleviating lock-in concerns associated with proprietary global cloud platforms.