The Cabinet Office has launched its CloudStore service with the aim of bringing flexible, on demand IT procurement to government departments. As part of the government’s G-Cloud strategy, a list of suppliers has been made available to departments to get their hands on a range of cloud-based services.
With the first wave of bids a total of 1,700 services are now on offer through the CloudStore catalogue, with 257 accredited suppliers. These include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). While the service has sought to increase the presence of SMEs, many of the big names of government IT supply are still present. CapGemini,one of the big players in government IT supply, is among the companies which will form part of the catalogue of suppliers and services. Also present is Computer Sciences Corporation, Google, Microsoft, BT and Atos. Open source firms such as Red Hat were also present on the list of potential suppliers.