GOV.UK is being hosted on Skyscape. We know that. The G-Cloud team have told us. GDS have told us. Skyscape have told us. The press in general have told us, e.g.
There can't be any doubt.
Hosting GOV.UK in the cloud to cost GDS record-breaking £600,000
Government Digital Service signed a deal with Skyscape last month
By Derek du Preez | Computerworld UK | Published 10:29, 10 October 12
The Government Digital Service’s (GDS) infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) deal with Skyscape to host single domain website GOV.UK, which was procured through the G-Cloud, is worth an estimated £600,000.
Denise McDonagh, G-Cloud programme director, revealed the figure in an article for the Financial Times, where she said that the deal is the biggest sale to date from CloudStore and is “an important milestone for G-Cloud, showing that the public sector is ready to embrace low-cost utility cloud services”.
Except that apparently DMossEsq is wrong and actually GOV.UK is being hosted by Akamai. Who says? Akamai. And they didn't sound very pleased.
Someone is not being straight with someone.
18th question for Francis Maude: where is GOV.UK?
Akamai, incidentally, turn out to be a Singapore-based cloud services supplier quoted on two German exchanges and on NASDAQ, thus ensuring that any data they store can be subpoenaed by the FBI. If that's where GOV.UK is being hosted, then GDS have lost control of our data and Whitehall will have failed in its Constitutional duty to keep our data under its control and confidential.
"Check up on GOV.UK", suggested the man at Akamai, "that'll prove it.". The following distressing user experience was suffered:
The man from Akamai also suggested doing an nslookup. This is one you can try at home from the command prompt. Enter nslookup www.gov.uk and back comes the answer:
Non-authoritative answer: Name: e6453.b.akamaiedge.net Address: 18.104.22.168 Aliases: www.gov.uk www.gov.uk.edgekey.net
Check up with RIPE on that 22.214.171.124 address and you get:
inetnum: 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52 netname: AKAMAI-PA descr: Akamai Technologies country: EU admin-c: NARA1-RIPE tech-c: NARA1-RIPE status: ASSIGNED PA mnt-by: AKAM1-RIPE-MNT mnt-routes: AKAM1-RIPE-MNT mnt-routes: CW-EUROPE-GSOC source: RIPE #Filtered
Things are looking good for the Akamai theory and not so good for Skyscape.