What is G-Cloud?
G-Cloud is a framework for public sector organisations in the UK, where users can purchase cloud computing services.
Suppliers on the G-Cloud framework can advertise a range of cloud hosting services, cloud software, or cloud support services. There are approximately 25,000 suppliers currently on the G-Cloud framework. It is an efficient way for public sector organizations to find cloud-based services that they know meet specific security requirements and can be trusted.
How does it work for the public sector?
Due to digital transformation across the public sector, many services have increased their IT spending over the past few years. The G-Cloud framework massively benefits the public services as it means that they no longer have to invest in costly infrastructure and legacy systems, with outdated technologies and long contracts. The public sector can now benefit from cloud-based services as and when they need them. This approach ensures that the public sector is receiving the best-fit solutions, and value for money.
The eleventh iteration of G- Cloud (G-Cloud 11) is set to go live in July 2019. Compared to G-Cloud 10, G-Cloud 11 will place additional cybersecurity requirements on the suppliers.
G-Cloud 10 simply required that suppliers took ‘all reasonable endeavours to prevent viruses and malware.’ G-Cloud 11, however, imposes much more stringent rules. Official documentation states that all suppliers will be expected to ensure that their offerings are protected by the ‘newest software available.’ It is promising to see G-Cloud’s commitment to protecting users, especially with the rise in cyber-attacks in recent years.
According to G-Cloud stakeholders, there has been very little pre-market engagement in the run-up to the launch of G-Cloud 11. Computer Weekly suggests that this may be down to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) wanting to keep things quiet until the launch, having made a radical change to the service.
G-Cloud recently came under pressure for its failure to get small and medium-sized enterprises business through the G-Cloud framework. Perhaps a big change we will see on G-Cloud 11 will be a feature to help SMEs secure business on the framework?