How to raise and escalate support tickets (incidents and service requests) with customer support
This article provides information about how the support process works at UKCloud and what to expect when you raise a support ticket (incident or service request), including support hours, target response times and the escalation process.
Incidents - for outages and loss of service
Service requests - for requesting a new service, changing an existing service or raising other non-service impacting requests and queries
Before raising an incident, you can check the UKCloud Service Status page to see if there's a known issue on the platform that we're already working on.
Incidents are for ongoing outages and loss of service. If you're raising a ticket against an incident that has been resolved, raise a service request instead.
|Priority 1||Priority 2|
|Service is currently experiencing a significant outage or disruption to multiple users or locations
Service has a confirmed or suspected compromise, loss or unavailability of data
|Service is available but is currently experiencing degradation or restrictions for multiple users or locations|
|Priority 3||Priority 4|
|Service is currently experiencing a failure or degradation of redundant or non-critical components
Service is currently experiencing failure of a shared service, where alternative services remain available, or disruption for single users
|Service is currently affected by documented housekeeping activities
Service is currently affected by administration-related requirements or an uncategorised incident
Service support hours are:
|Ticket priority||Support hours|
|P1 incident||24 x 7|
|P2 to P4 incident||Monday to Friday from 0800 to 2000 (excluding bank holidays)|
|Service requests (all)||Monday to Friday from 0800 to 2000 (excluding bank holidays)|
During service hours
Customers should ensure they complete basic checks before contacting UKCloud, and the individual contacting UKCloud should have sufficient knowledge to be able to respond to requests for information and assistance.
Methods for contacting The UKCloud team are as follows:
UKCloud Portal (Assured) / My Calls - https://portal.ukcloud.com/
UKCloud Portal (Elevated) / My Calls - Access to Elevated Portal required
Telephone - 01252 303 300 (select option 2)
The UKCloud Portal is the preferred approach for raising requests and issues with UKCloud. For information about raising requests, see How to use My Calls in the UKCloud Portal.
Customers are asked to provide the following:
Company details and contact details
A detailed description of the problem or issue
Relevant log files, configuration files and supporting information
Captured screen shots
Customers can contact Support via email at email@example.com, although, as we are unable to carry out user verification via this method, email should not be used to raise support tickets.
Incident and service request logging and assignment process
Initial contact should always be via the UKCloud Portal unless this is unavailable or the customer is experiencing an outage and would like immediate support, in which case contact should be via phone.
All requests and incidents are sent to triage for initial review to assess that sufficient details have been provided, for example:
Contact details have been provided
Clear description of issue or request is included
Where details are missing, we'll seek clarification.
Tickets are assigned to a Cloud Support Engineer (CSE) who will engage with the customer to provide assistance.
Customer service targets
Your experience is important to us. We measure our performance against service targets across our customers to ensure that we provide you with a service you can trust.
|Ticket priority||Initial response target||Resolution target|
|P1 incident||15 minutes||90% in 12 hours|
|P2 incident||1 hour||90% in 24 hours|
|P3 incident||1 hour||90% in 5 days|
|P4 incident||1 hour||90% in 5 days|
|Service request||1 hour||2 days (standard pre-approved requests)|
Viewing tickets and service updates
All incidents and service requests are visible within the UKCloud Portal under My Calls (for more information, see How to use My Calls in the UKCloud Portal). The Portal also provides notification of upcoming changes.
During a Major Incident, updates are published to the Service Status page: https://status.ukcloud.com/.
For onboarding issues, contact your allocated SDM.
To escalate an incident or service request, contact the Support Team (by phone in the first instance):
Tel: 01252 303 300 (option 2)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (monitored 24 x 7)
For wider service issues, contact your SDM during standard office hours.
If you find a problem with this article, click Improve this Doc to make the change yourself or raise an issue in GitHub. If you have an idea for how we could improve any of our services, send an email to email@example.com.