Feeds

Next UK.gov CloudStore lumbers online

Digital Dunkirk spirit

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

The second incarnation of CloudStore has floated, but don’t get too excited.

Despite some rather aggressive Twitteresque drum-beating for the redesigned service Friday, the new CloudStore does not deliver the functionality expected – while a flagged feature fell down on launch day.

The new-look site, which happens to look a lot less flashy than version one, has moved to Government E-Marketplace (GeM) and can be entered here.

We are promised an improved search engine thanks to GeM, along with the ability to view supplier service definitions, terms and conditions, and the ability to compare services and standards side by side.

The Reg tried the comparison service on Friday afternoon and encountered a blank screen and error message each time we clicked and compared.

cloudstore compare

Don't compare this: the new CloudStore's comparison service in action

The promised user ratings are also absent. Sure, the site just launched so you can argue it’s too soon for ratings, but there doesn’t seem to be any space for ratings to appear next to vendors’ products and services.

A Cabinet Office spokesman told us Friday that the addition of selected items to a comparison list was a problem across the whole of the government's eMarketplace – not just CloudStore – and that the problem had been rectified.

As for user rankings, he claimed these had not been promised for this iteration, but had rather been planned for introduction "in the future".

Government chief information officer Andy Nelson said a statement celebrating this rather shabby launch: “CloudStore will continue to evolve and change. For this iteration it made practical and financial sense to use an existing government platform.

“We look forward to feedback from users as we continue on our cloud journey.” ®

Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction

More from The Register

next story
This time it's 'Personal': new Office 365 sub covers just two devices
Redmond also brings Office into Google's back yard
Kingston DataTraveler MicroDuo: Turn your phone into a 72GB beast
USB-usiness in the front, micro-USB party in the back
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*
$%%&amp Oh dear, we've been cut *CLICK* Well hello *CLICK* You're breaking up...
AMD's 'Seattle' 64-bit ARM server chips now sampling, set to launch in late 2014
But they won't appear in SeaMicro Fabric Compute Systems anytime soon
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
Microsoft builds teleporter weapon to send VMware into Azure
Updated Virtual Machine Converter now converts Linux VMs too
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.