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UK government adopts "cloud-first" policy for IT procurement | Information Age

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The UK government has introduced a "cloud-first" policy for procuring IT systems, echoing a similar policy introducing by the US government in 2010.

"In future, when procuring new or existing services, public sector organisations should consider and fully evaluate potential Cloud solutions first – before they consider any other option," the Cabinet Office said in a statement. 

The policy is mandated for central government departments and "strongly recommended" for other public sector organisations. 

The government made the announcement as the third iteration of its G-Cloud procurement framework was announced. However, government organisations will not be obliged to buy cloud services through the voluntary framework, although it is hoped that they will. 

A glaring absence from the framework is Amazon Web Services, the market leader for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud offerings.

As of March 2013, public sector organisations have spent a combined £18.2 million through the G-Cloud framework, which was launched in February 2012. This represent 0.3% of the government's combined £6.9 billion annual IT spend.

The US government launched its cloud first policy in 2010. According to a survey of federal IT executives in 2012, the policy had shaved an average of 7% from their IT spending. With US government IT spending at $78.9 billion in 2013, that represent a $5.5 billion. 


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UK government adopts "cloud-first" policy for IT procurement | Information Age

UK government adopts "cloud-first" policy for IT procurement | Information Age | cloud hosting | Scoop.it

The UK government has introduced a "cloud-first" policy for procuring IT systems, echoing a similar policy introducing by the US government in 2010.

"In future, when procuring new or existing services, public sector organisations should consider and fully evaluate potential Cloud solutions first – before they consider any other option," the Cabinet Office said in a statement. 

The policy is mandated for central government departments and "strongly recommended" for other public sector organisations. 

The government made the announcement as the third iteration of its G-Cloud procurement framework was announced. However, government organisations will not be obliged to buy cloud services through the voluntary framework, although it is hoped that they will. 

A glaring absence from the framework is Amazon Web Services, the market leader for infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud offerings.

As of March 2013, public sector organisations have spent a combined £18.2 million through the G-Cloud framework, which was launched in February 2012. This represent 0.3% of the government's combined £6.9 billion annual IT spend.

The US government launched its cloud first policy in 2010. According to a survey of federal IT executives in 2012, the policy had shaved an average of 7% from their IT spending. With US government IT spending at $78.9 billion in 2013, that represent a $5.5 billion. 


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