Go on, inhale our G-Cloud via 'Digital Marketplace' – UK.gov

ANOTHER pricy project to prop up barely used G-Cloud?

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Public sector organisations in the UK will be able to buy cloud-based IT products and services from suppliers from a new online platform from the end of the month.

The Government Digital Service, which is part of the Cabinet Office, said all "G-Cloud" purchases are likely to be made via the "Digital Marketplace" before the end of September.

The new platform will replace the existing "CloudStore", where suppliers' products and services are listed currently.

"Digital marketplace is reaching a stage which allows us to consider making it the route for G-Cloud purchases," the Government Digital Service said in a new blog.

"We are considering a staged approach to its launch and will be making sure there is a four-week transition period during which people will be able to choose whether they buy through CloudStore or Digital Marketplace."

"We plan to start the transition period by the end of August 2014. Provided the transition goes smoothly we aim to switch off the CloudStore by the end of September 2014," it said.

The G-Cloud programme allows public sector bodies to gain access to cloud-based IT services being offered by a selected list of pre-approved suppliers during a set period. The government previously said that the availability of "off the shelf" IT solutions would allow public sector bodies to "use what they need when they need it" and avoid duplication of services that cannot be shared.

Central government departments are subject to a "cloud first" policy that requires them to consider cloud-based IT solutions before other options.

The departments can only deviate from using cloud-based IT solutions where they can show that alternative offerings offer "better value for money" than the products and services available through the CloudStore.

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