now the debate over how it will work in practice has started
Has Government really levelled playing field for cloud innovation?
29 Feb 2012, LONDON. Star, a UK provider of on-demand business services, has been selected as a supplier to the UK Government's ‘G-Cloud’ Framework, in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) categories. Last week, the first round of accreditations has approved 258 suppliers, offering a catalogue of 1700 services on one year rolling contracts and now the debate over how it will work in practice has started.
G-Cloud is the culmination of two year's work and is intended to account for 50% of government purchasing by 2015. In theory, being accredited puts Star’s cloud services expertise in direct contention to win public sector business. The delivery mechanism for G-Cloud will the CloudStore on www.govstore.net, where public sector buyers will go to find the most appropriate suppliers to meet their needs from the approved list.
Chris Chant, G-Cloud Programme Director, commented on the Department’s website, “I firmly believe that every aspect of the government and the public sector will be affected; things will never be the same. The transparency of pricing, the access to a wide range of services, the ease of doing business with small companies will ripple beyond IT into everything that government does”.
But Paul Watson, interim CEO at Star, sounded a more cautious note, “We are proud to have been accepted for multiple categories of services in the G-Cloud initiative because we feel passionately about providing UK organizations with the very latest, secure and transformational cloud technologies available. Delivered as managed services they are accessed quickly and offer immense value.”
Watson added, “This scheme offers Star the chance to compete in what had until recently been a very frustrating and costly market to even attempt to sell to. I wouldn’t say G-Cloud has yet gone far enough in levelling the playing field, as many of the more traditional and global providers are still included, so we will patiently wait to see. Star will offer the very best, fully integrated, cloud services delivered from UK-based data centres that sit within a national communications and networking capability. We are confident that few other G-Cloud providers, including the biggest ones, can even begin to compete with our breadth of services and knowledge in supplying UK customers with flexible and agile solutions that are fit for purpose.”
Star provides on-demand computing and communication services to UK businesses. Utilising an advanced cloud computing platform, the company has redefined how business people use and pay for the technology that supports them. Star’s On-demand Business Services are easy to use and pay for and are available any time and from anywhere, removing unnecessary costs for hardware, software and on-going maintenance. Since 1995, when Star was founded, the company has been an Internet technology innovator and pioneered the system for cloud based spam and virus scanning for business email that became MessageLabs.
In the last 14 years Star has established itself as a leading IT and communications service provider of the highest pedigree looking after 3,000 UK business customers and their 500,000 users. Star has UK based data centres that sit within a network and communications capability that forms the basis of the Star Platform, from which a wide range of computing and communication services are delivered to customers. Star has over 230 employees working from offices throughout the UK, providing the highest levels of customer service and support. Star’s technology roadmap will deliver on-demand, cloud computing services to UK businesses who want immediate access to the latest enterprise technologies.
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