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Network Research Belgium (NRB) SA

NECS Hybrid Cloud Additional Services

NECS is a Belgian based hybrid cloud solution delivering housing/hosting from its Belgian based datacenters with integration of main public clouds into one central portal.
We offer value added services like managed OS, managed databases, managed middleware and generic architecture/consulting services.

Features

  • Georesilient datacenters
  • Private cloud with integration of public clouds
  • IaaS, PaaS, SaaS with or without DC resiliency
  • Managed services
  • Managed network services
  • Oracle Exadata as a Service
  • Mainframe services

Benefits

  • 2 main datacenters, additional on roadmap
  • One portal for access to private and public cloud services
  • Managed OS, Storage, Archiving, Backup
  • Oracle Exadata avoids physical servers for licensing purpose

Pricing

£1.26 a virtual machine a day

Service documents

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Framework

G-Cloud 13

Service ID

9 7 4 9 2 3 1 6 0 5 1 5 5 2 4

Contact

Network Research Belgium (NRB) SA Nicolas Prevost
Telephone: +32 4 249 7211
Email: presales@nrb.be

Service scope

Service constraints
Disaster recovery testing on mutualized environment can only be done together with other customers. It is possible on dedicated POD.
Maintenance windows need to be agreed upon.
Selfservice machine deployment limited to 14 vcpu, More possible through Service Request.
System requirements
  • Internet access or dedicated connections (MPLS, Leased line, ...)
  • Licensing must follow vendor rules (Microsoft, RedHat, ...)
  • Oracle Exadata as a Service with Bring Your Own Licenses

User support

Email or online ticketing support
Email or online ticketing
Support response times
Typically we include a number of tickets in the contract, handling of additional tickets will be charged (Service Requests).
Acknowledgements of new tickets will be given within 30 minutes. Handling depends on contractual SLA and urgency.
User can manage status and priority of support tickets
Yes
Online ticketing support accessibility
None or don’t know
Phone support
Yes
Phone support availability
24 hours, 7 days a week
Web chat support
No
Onsite support
No
Support levels
- Basic support level is Business Hours (Central European Time, Weekdays 8AM-5PM).
- Extended Business Hours (Central European Time, Weekdays 7AM-7PM, Pricing BH +10% ).
- 24x7 Support (Central European Time, 7-days 24hr/day, Pricing BH +15% ).
Service Delivery Manager can be provided
Support available to third parties
Yes

Onboarding and offboarding

Getting started
Online training, online user documentation. Eventually on-line training through Teams meeting is schedulable.
Service documentation
Yes
Documentation formats
PDF
End-of-contract data extraction
Data can be given back to customer as ISO file, backup file or any other format that can be agreed upon .
End-of-contract process
The contract is modular, the customer can decide to continue the service (if possible depending on Request for Proposal conditions) or end it.
When the customer decides to exit he can either retrieve his data through the network connection (Internet, MPLS, ...) or agree with NRB how the data needs to be handed over (to customer or eventually new service provider).

Using the service

Web browser interface
Yes
Using the web interface
For managing your Hybrid Cloud Services you use a Webinterface (Cloud Management Platform). End users access depends on application, typically we connect the customers virtual network to their internal network.
Web interface accessibility standard
None or don’t know
How the web interface is accessible
Web interface is accessible through Internet or dedicated network connection.
Web interface accessibility testing
None
API
Yes
What users can and can't do using the API
All visible features in the Cloud Management Portal are available as an API.
API automation tools
Ansible
API documentation
Yes
API documentation formats
  • PDF
  • Other
Command line interface
Yes
Command line interface compatibility
  • Linux or Unix
  • Windows
  • MacOS
Using the command line interface
As NECS is based on VMware’s vRealize solution, our NECS portal equally benefits from the VMware CloudClient Command-Line Utility. This is a command-line utility that provides verb-based access with a unified interface across vRealize/NECS Automation APIs.

Scaling

Scaling available
Yes
Scaling type
Manual
Independence of resources
Each customer has one or more "Tenants", these tenants have separated VRFs and can have several VNETs. All tenants are protected by a dedicated firewall.
Usage notifications
Yes
Usage reporting
Other

Analytics

Infrastructure or application metrics
Yes
Metrics types
  • CPU
  • Disk
  • Memory
  • Number of active instances
Reporting types
  • Regular reports
  • Reports on request

Resellers

Supplier type
Not a reseller

Staff security

Staff security clearance
Other security clearance
Government security clearance
Up to Security Clearance (SC)

Asset protection

Knowledge of data storage and processing locations
Yes
Data storage and processing locations
European Economic Area (EEA)
User control over data storage and processing locations
No
Datacentre security standards
Supplier-defined controls
Penetration testing frequency
At least once a year
Penetration testing approach
Another external penetration testing organisation
Protecting data at rest
Physical access control, complying with SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Data sanitisation process
Yes
Data sanitisation type
Deleted data can’t be directly accessed
Equipment disposal approach
A third-party destruction service

Backup and recovery

Backup and recovery
Yes
Backup controls
We offer daily full backups of the complete environment.
Datacentre setup
  • Multiple datacentres with disaster recovery
  • Multiple datacentres
  • Single datacentre with multiple copies
  • Single datacentre
Scheduling backups
Users contact the support team to schedule backups
Backup recovery
Users contact the support team

Data-in-transit protection

Data protection between buyer and supplier networks
  • Private network or public sector network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway
  • Bonded fibre optic connections
Data protection within supplier network
  • TLS (version 1.2 or above)
  • IPsec or TLS VPN gateway

Availability and resilience

Guaranteed availability
SLAs and penalties are agreed upon on contract signing.
SLOs are published and range from 99,99% to 93% depending on the level of redundancy of the service.
Penalties are typically based upon the downtime suffered against the Service Level Target and will represent a percentage of the monthly RUN fee. Depending on the contract this is typically capped to a set percentage of the monthly fee.
Approach to resilience
The main georesilient datacenter is build upon two geographically distant datacenters (availability zones) about 22 miles apart. These datacenters are interconnected using two double pairs of dark fibres. Each datacenter has a complete set of infrastructure that can be replicated to the secondary site. Backups are typically made in the secondary datacenter and replicated to the primary. As such even if the resource is not replicated it can be reconstructed from a restore. This even in case of loss of a complete datacenter.
A complete description can be transmitted on request.
Outage reporting
Outages are reported through email to notify the customer of upcoming maintenance of the portal.
The service status and eventual outage is published from a tile on the Cloud Management Portal .

Identity and authentication

User authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Access restrictions in management interfaces and support channels
At service onboarding a list of authorised persons is agreed upon that will have the right to open tickets or request incident priority changes.
Access restriction testing frequency
At least every 6 months
Management access authentication
  • 2-factor authentication
  • Public key authentication (including by TLS client certificate)
  • Dedicated link (for example VPN)
  • Username or password
Devices users manage the service through
Directly from any device which may also be used for normal business (for example web browsing or viewing external email)

Audit information for users

Access to user activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long user audit data is stored for
User-defined
Access to supplier activity audit information
Users contact the support team to get audit information
How long supplier audit data is stored for
User-defined
How long system logs are stored for
User-defined

Standards and certifications

ISO/IEC 27001 certification
Yes
Who accredited the ISO/IEC 27001
BSI
ISO/IEC 27001 accreditation date
30/3/2016 renewed 25/2/2022
What the ISO/IEC 27001 doesn’t cover
None
ISO 28000:2007 certification
No
CSA STAR certification
No
PCI certification
No
Cyber essentials
No
Cyber essentials plus
No
Other security certifications
Yes
Any other security certifications
  • ISO/IEC 9001
  • ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018
  • SAP-certified provider of Hosting Operations

Security governance

Named board-level person responsible for service security
Yes
Security governance certified
Yes
Security governance standards
  • ISO/IEC 27001
  • Other
Other security governance standards
ISO/IEC 9001
ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018
SAP-certified provider of Hosting Operations
Information security policies and processes
NRB is fully ISO 27K compliant and as such has a well-structured and documented ISMS (Information Security Management System) in place.

The overall approach of the Information Security management System is to ensure the continued security of all the processes included in the scope via a PDCA approach.

This approach takes the following restrictions into account:

• The legal requirements in effect in Belgium
• Regulatory requirements
• Contractual requirements

• The information security management system covers:
 The design and analysis of, and consultancy and support for IT projects,
 The design and development of the maintenance and hosting of IT solutions,
 The management of system,
 The telecommunication network, and mass-printing infrastructure,
 The delivery and configuration of hardware and software,
 IT consulting.
 NRB’s Information System, which enables the performance of the tasks involved.

The scope of our security management includes all of the services provided to its customers by NRB via the aforementioned processes, and therefore the infrastructure hardware owned by NRB, which enables NRB to carry out its business activities, namely:
• The server and storage bays
• The computer servers
• The hosting facilities
• The telecommunications connections

Operational security

Configuration and change management standard
Supplier-defined controls
Configuration and change management approach
NRB’s Change Management Process aims at authorizing all Requests for Changes (RFCs), controlling change management flows through standard framework and discipline, lessening risks of disruption to business services and determining costs and benefits associated with a Change;

The quality of the Change Management Process put in place at NRB is very high as great attention is given to assessment and approval activities i.e. Change Advisory Board (CAB) but also pre-CAB meetings are reviewing and deciding upon the execution of Changes.
Vulnerability management type
Supplier-defined controls
Vulnerability management approach
There are three versions of the “Vulnerability Management Service” (Basic / Standard / Full).
In summary,
“Basic” supports the scanning and classsifcation of vulnerabilities ;
“Standard” adds project management for the remediation of vulnerabilities to the Standard version ;
“Full” adds patch deployment to Full version (Only if the assets are managed by NRB and with new projects).
Protective monitoring type
Supplier-defined controls
Protective monitoring approach
NRB’s Event Monitoring Services consists of tracking key indicators within the infrastructure and related services. To provide such services, NRB has a state of the art monitoring and event management system that is able to correlate events.
This results in a much faster and easier incident and problem resolution as well as reporting and trending, and allows NRB to measure the agreed service levels and proactively manage the service in terms of availability, capacity and performance.
The alerting is triggered by the monitoring platform and enriched by CMDB information (criticality and service windows of the impacted configuration items).
Incident management type
Conforms to a recognised standard, for example, CSA CCM v3.0 or ISO/IEC 27035:2011 or SSAE-16 / ISAE 3402
Incident management approach
Our Service Desk ensures proper registration of user information received, high level monitoring of the subsequent activities and user feedback. As such, it is our prime operational body that ensures that the IT Service Management processes (ITIL v3 driven) are properly applied.
A standard report showing SLA performances is provided once a month. It presents key data about the Service. The Service Delivery Manager, as contact person for Customer during delivery period, uses the report as a support for further discussion about service improvement.

Secure development

Approach to secure software development best practice
Supplier-defined process

Separation between users

Virtualisation technology used to keep applications and users sharing the same infrastructure apart
Yes
Who implements virtualisation
Supplier
Virtualisation technologies used
VMware
How shared infrastructure is kept separate
Each organization is implemented on a separate VFR that can contain multiple VLANs. Each tenant has a dedicated firewall.
Connection to local network uses Natting technology .

Energy efficiency

Energy-efficient datacentres
Yes
Description of energy efficient datacentres
Using free chilling on the cooling plant, optimizing the hours/year of activation;
Using modular UPS with maximum efficiency curve per load, activating modules as needed;
Using cold corridors and blanking panels to avoid cold/hot air mixture;
Replacing water pumps with IE3 versions
Recovering energy through the use of air exchangers to reheat sanitary air;
Maximizing the insulation (K 26) of the building in order to avoid external heating;
Maximizing the insulation of cold and hot pipes
Using economical/ecological lighting, with motion based activation, centralized lights out, and time-delay lighting;

Social Value

Fighting climate change

Fighting climate change

NRB has developed, since 2010, a substantial set of ecological initiatives grouped in NRB’s GreeNRB program, supported by their EcoTeam.
NRB have recently signed an agreement with the Wallonia region, with a commitment to improve the energy efficiency of the Herstal plant by 2020. Amongst the agreed action plan, one will find specifically for the Data Centers:

 Using free chilling on the cooling plant, optimizing the hours/year of activation;
 Using modular UPS with maximum efficiency curve per load, activating modules as needed;
 Using cold corridors and blanking panels to avoid cold/hot air mixture;
 Replacing water pumps with IE3 versions
 Recovering energy through the use of air exchangers to reheat sanitary air;
 Maximizing the insulation (K 26) of the building in order to avoid external heating;
 Maximizing the insulation of cold and hot pipes
 Using economical/ecological lighting, with motion based activation, centralized lights out, and time-delay lighting;
 Selecting IT equipment with optimized power consumption, by the use of efficient power modules, environmental control drivers (fan speed adjustment), CPU speed adaptation to the load of servers and stopping idle hard drives spindles.
 Using variable fan speed CRAH
 Selecting IT equipment with optimized power consumption, by the use of efficient power modules, environmental control drivers (fan speed adjustment), CPU speed adaptation to the load of servers and stopping idle hard drives spindles.
 Using variable fan speed CRAH
Since January 2009, NRB is committed to use electricity made of green sources. This is reflected in NRB contractual agreement with NRB electricity provider, to deliver 100% green electricity. Recently a new windturbine was installed on the site of Herstal to reduce thefootprint.
NRB's recycling policy is pretty comprehensive. NRB hired specialized firms to process their main waste, paper, cardboard and wooden pallets.
Covid-19 recovery

Covid-19 recovery

Safe environment–NRB implements flexible workspace design to suit variable conditions, such as social distancing requirements. Design additions (transparent office table separators), C02 monitoring devices or dividing team in different time slots to minimize exposure are also used.
Safe interactions-Pandemics underscores the need for a zero to low-contamination workplace favouring safe interactions. We have reduced contact-rich activities such as meetings, brainstorming workshops, training classes and virtualised them as much as possible, using Microsoft Teams, Skype for Business, extended use of online training platforms. At the same time, we have made teleworking the default position, doubling up our VPN capacity, and reduced professional travel to what is business essential.
Prophylaxis–A string of prophylactic measures have also been adopted; use of virucide/bactericide surface cleansing product, once a day overall and twice a day for heavily frequented areas (e.g. coffee corners, toilets), hand cleaner, distribution of personal protection equipment (masks) and floor markers in crowded place respecting distancing norms. Instructions on how to protect oneself (and others) have been communicated to all collaborators and are posted in crowded (e.g. coffee room) and key places (floor entry/exit doors, open space areas). Masks and sanitizing products are also made available for visitors and collaborators alike.
A special page on the NRB intranet is maintained to inform all collaborators about:
• Teleworking: organization, ergonomic tips
• Measures to ensure safety at the office: masks, workplace partitions, hand hygiene, ventilation, CO² monitors
• Contact Persons to support the physical and mental health of people affected by COVID-19: the HR Business Partner, the Prevention Advisor, the psychosocial counsellor from Cohezio, the external occupational health service, in respect of GDPR.
Teleworking and hybrid work have become normal ways of working, favouring the return to work for collaborators who are affected or who are in confinement, and reducing the home-to-office travelling.
Equal opportunity

Equal opportunity

Those from disadvantaged or minority groups
Belgian legislation lays down a general principle prohibiting direct and indirect discrimination of persons on the basis of, among other things, gender, age, ethnic or national origin, religious or philosophical belief, sexual orientation, disability, etc.
At NRB, we are committed to ensure, in terms of human resources, a fair treatment of our employees in the countries where our staff is employed. Our policy is to consider only the skills and suitability of the individual for the requirements of the position, both at engagement and during the course of his·her career with NRB and at feedback meetings and People Reviews which are elements of the annual performance and development management cycle.
Wellbeing

Wellbeing

We address our staff’s needs through measures based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, translated in the professional context.
Addressing health concerns includes providing a safe environment, especially in pandemic times.
Stability on the job and in the mission:
• NRB offers attractive fees or salaries regularly benchmarked against market standards.
• NRB provides candidates with sufficient details related to the mission to ensure that their decision to join is correctly informed.
• Organisation guaranteeing regular meetings for feedback.
Social needs and interpersonal relations:
• Understanding Customer’s objectives and target ahead of time make consultants part of the broader context, improving commitment.
• Meet-ups and info sharing sessions to help the consultants gain insights in their fields.
• Quarterly gatherings of consultants to provide an opportunity for informal talks between consultants and their peers.
• Collaboration platform allowing consultants to interact with their peers and managers from anywhere.
Self-esteem and recognition
• Recognition and reward to acknowledge the achievements of the consultants.
• Performance appraisal to help consultants to reach their future goals and assess the willingness of the consultant to continue on the project.
• Communities of practice – Consultants can rely on communities of practice to obtain special advice when necessary.
• Career map, providing mid- and long-term vision for the consultants to make them confident to develop their career within NRB.
Realising one’s full potential:
• Personal learning and development through (a) trainings, participation to conferences and seminars, etc. (b) career opportunities offered to consultants on basis of their aspirations and of new needs expressed by the Buyer; (c) extended responsibilities.
• Certifications are important for the sustainable growth of NRB, but also for the personal accomplishment and evolution of consultants.
• Career opportunities giving consultants a chance to grow in the context of the framework contract.

Pricing

Price
£1.26 a virtual machine a day
Discount for educational organisations
No
Free trial available
No

Service documents

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