Aspyre is a web-based portfolio, programme, project and PMO application, hosted on a secure server providing fast, secure access.
Aspyre can be accessed remotely, 24/7, via any device that has a web browser and an internet connection. All common web browsers such as Edge, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari are supported.
Aspyre has been designed by programme/project managers with experience in working on large-scale programmes and projects in both public and private sector organisations.
It will drastically improve the visibility and awareness of programmes and projects throughout your organisation and allow you to see which of them are contributing towards your strategic objectives.
Aspyre is highly flexible and can be used in a way that suits each individual organisation’s requirements. Although it follows the key principles of Managing Successful Programmes (MSP) and PRINCE2, it is not a requirement for each and every step to be adhered to. This is essential where potential Aspyre users have little or no project management experience.
Aspyre is accessed via a conventional ‘https’ link which is secured via a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate. This SSL certificate is an ‘Extended Validation’ certificate which offers the highest levels of security available.
All Aspyre data is hosted in the UK by a third-party hosting provider, Amazon Web Services (AWS).
AWS’s security structure has the following accreditations: ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018 and ISO 9000.
The data backup for Aspyre hosting services is provided by Amazon RDS (Relational Database Service).
The automated backup feature of Amazon RDS backs up all Aspyre client databases and transaction logs. Amazon RDS automatically creates a storage volume snapshot of all client DB instances (backing up the entire DB instance and not just individual databases).
This backup occurs during a daily, 30-minute period known as the backup window. Automated backups are kept for 30 days (the backup retention period).
We can restore any DB instance to any specific time during the backup retention period, creating a new DB instance.
The latest restorable time for a DB instance is typically within 5 minutes of the current time.
Database snapshots are user-initiated backups of a DB instance stored in Amazon S3 that are kept until we explicitly delete them. We can create a new instance from a database snapshot whenever it is required.
Amazon RDS, allows us to copy DB snapshots and DB cluster snapshots. We can copy automated or manual snapshots.
Amazon RDS creates a storage volume snapshot of a DB instance, backing up the entire DB instance and not just individual databases. We can create a DB instance by restoring from this DB snapshot. When we restore the DB instance, we provide the name of the DB snapshot to restore from, and then provide a name for the new DB instance that is created from the restore.
We can restore a DB instance and use a different storage type than the source DB snapshot. In this case, the restoration process is slower because of the additional work required to migrate the data to the new storage type. If we restore to or from magnetic storage, the migration process is the slowest. That's because magnetic storage doesn't have the IOPS capability of Provisioned IOPS or General Purpose (SSD) storage
Disaster recovery for Aspyre data is provided by Amazon Web Service’s CloudEndure service.
This service ensures that Continuous Data Replication takes place in the background, without application disruption or performance impact, which ensures that data is synced in real time and minimizes cutover windows.
When migration cutover is initiated, CloudEndure executes a highly automated machine conversion and orchestration process, allowing the most complex applications and databases to run natively in AWS, without compatibility issues.
For further information on the AWS CloudEndure service, please follow the link below:
The on-boarding process follows our Aspyre Implementation Plan.