UK gov invites bids for public sector cloud
Suppliers to scrap for £60m cloud G Cloud jackpot
The government has taken the next step towards the creation of the G Cloud with a tender notice, posted on the Government Procurement Service website, for a £60m framework to provide cloud computing services across the public sector.
It has invited suppliers to bid for four 'lots', covering infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, software as a service and specialist cloud services.
The initial framework will run for six months. The Cabinet Office has previously indicated that the contract is likely to be followed by another tailored to reflect feedback from suppliers and public authorities.
The invitation to tender marks the start of the delivery of the government's plan to provide a range of cloud computing services through an environment designed specifically for the UK public sector. This has been one of the key elements of government's ICT plans since the Labour government published the Journey to Digital Government paper in 2009.
The new implementation plan for the Government ICT Strategy includes an ambition for cloud computing to account for half of central government's new spending in the field by the end of 2015.
This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.
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But it wouldn't be a UK government IT project if it wasn't a clusterfrack of epic proportions. This should be obvious.
It sounds like they are going for 3 clouds rather than one for the different *AAS things... all done by different vendors....
You know that integrating these is going to be a clusterfcuk of epic proportions.
But do they know what they want it for?
The lucky suppliers may find that satisying the application requirements is loose and easy. I doubt whether any have been properly specified. On another aspect, all users must have an ID, and the UK and public sector doesn't have any federated login system or ID. What's the betting we'll have multiple public sector networks (criminal justice, national health, social work, etc) each with different and incompatible id management...