G-Cloud 10: what are the benefits?
- Dates: 06 February, 2019
- Author: Matt Barclay
The UK Government G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at easing procurement by public-sector bodies in departments of the United Kingdom Government of commodity information technology services that use cloud computing. The G-Cloud consists of:
- A series of framework agreements with suppliers, from which public sector organisations can buy services without needing to run a full tender or competition procurement process
- An online store – the "Digital Marketplace" (previously "CloudStore") that allows public sector bodies to search for services that are covered by the G-Cloud frameworks
The service began in 2012, and had several calls for contracts. By May 2013 there were over 700 suppliers—over 80% of which were small and medium enterprises. £18.2 million (US$27.7 million) of sales were made by April 2013. With the adoption of Cloud First policy in UK in late February 2014 the sales have continued to grow, reportedly hitting over £50M in February 2014. These are based on procurement of some 1,200 providers and 13,000 services, including both cloud services and (professional) specialist services as of November 2013.
Full description: G Cloud 10 is a commercial agreement that allows UK public sector bodies to choose and purchase cloud computing services covering infrastructure, platform, software and specialist cloud services. The framework is for commodity-based, pay-as-you go cloud services across three lots.
The agreement runs for 12 months. However the duration may be extended for any period up to a maximum of 12 months from expiry of the initial term. Any call off contract placed will have a maximum initial duration of 24 months, with two extensions allowed, each of up to 12 months. Certain restrictions apply to central government contract extensions.
- Access to nearly 25,000 services and 3,500 suppliers
- Scalable services which can be expanded or shrunk as demand requires
- Rapid deployment
- Much reduced costs and total cost of ownership compared to running your own data centre
- Call-off contracts are GDPR compliant
- Access to innovation
- Agility - easy on- and off-boarding
Products and services (lots)
G-cloud 10 comprises 3 lots:
- Lot 1 Cloud hosting - cloud hosting (infrastructure and platform as a service - IaaS and PaaS) services that can help you do at least one of: deploy, manage and run software; and provision and use processing, storage or network resources
- Lot 2 Cloud software - cloud software (software as a service - SaaS) applications, typically accessed over the internet or private network and hosted in the cloud
- Lot 3 Cloud support - cloud support to help you set up and maintain your cloud software or hosting services.
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