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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.

Benefits

  • 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:

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Lot 3 Cloud support - cloud support to help you set up and maintain your cloud software or hosting services.
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Global Knowledge provide G Cloud 10 services in the Cloud Support category. For more information please get in touch on info@globalknowledge.co.uk

Matt Barclay

Business Development Director - Cloud

Matt Barclay is Product Director for Cloud at Global Knowledge UK&I. He has many years of industry experience, with a focus on Cloud and Software Development. He works closely with our key vendors such as AWS and Microsoft to help drive success, address our customers' challenges and ensures our offerings are in line with current trends.

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