GCloud 4 excludes Agile Digital Services

GCloud 4 excludes Agile Digital Services

Yesterday the GDS announced the launch and timetable of the next procurement round for applications to join G-Cloud, which is called G-Cloud 4 (G4). Instructions detailing next steps can be found at the GDS website.

The procurement has supposedly been improved offering clearer instructions on how to apply for suppliers new to G-Cloud; clearer instructions on how to carry forward services for suppliers already on G-Cloud ii (Gii) or Giii and the use of two systems for tender submissions.

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Skyscrape win Home Office DBS PaaS contract

Skyscrape win Home Office DBS PaaS contract

Skyscrape announced this week that they have been awarded a contract by the Home Office to provide Cloud PaaS for the Disclosure Barring Service. The contract was awarded via GCloud and is reported to be valued at £1.5m per annum.

This award is significant as it is one of the first sizeable infrastructure/hosting contracts to be awarded through GCloud. It also demonstrates SMEs have a real role to play bringing to market innovative offers that offer's government departments and agencies value for money.

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Cloud First mandate announced by the Cabinet Office

Cloud First mandate announced by the Cabinet Office

Cloud First at last - at least across central government. That's the long-awaited announcement from the Cabinet Office today as minister Francis Maude backs a mandate to ensure that Cloud is the first port of call for the public sector.

In future, when procuring new or existing services, public sector organisations must consider and fully evaluate potential Cloud solutions first – before they consider any other option.

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Memset win contract to host the GCloud's CloudStore

Memset win contract to host the GCloud's CloudStore

The Cabinet Office have announced Memset a UK IT hosting company and IL2 accredited IaaS provider to host the G-Cloud's new CloudStore website.

The G-Cloud team is leading by example by working with smaller businesses like Memset, while fellow UK SME Redbox Digital were also chosen to be part of the team that designed and built the site.

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GCloud spend breakdown by numbers

GCloud spend breakdown by numbers

Spend by GCloud amounts to circa £18m to date. In the spirit of transparency the Cabinet Office release data related to this spend at GCloud sales information. An interesting analysis and breakdown of this spend has been conducted by Andy Powell who is head of research at Eduserv.

Andy Powell's analysis can be found at this site. He concludes the following:

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