The G Cloud
What is G Cloud?
Government Cloud Computing commonly known as G Cloud is a UK government programme which aims to provide cloud computing across all government departments. G Cloud focuses on cloud technology's ability for economic growth, exploiting its cost savings and flexibility to provide an efficient, usable method of delivering public services.
What Does the G Cloud Framework Include?
The G Cloud framework includes; CloudStore, G Cloud Authority and Data Centre Consolidation.
CloudStore – is an online marketplace for Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services. These include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS) and merchants that tender a bid to take part in the program as a consultancy service. Government departments can purchase G Cloud services on a pay-as-you-go or yearly contract arrangement from CloudStore. Launched in February 2012, CloudStore was developed by UK IT firm Solidsoft and runs on Microsoft’s Windows Azure operating system. Vendors such as HP, Microsoft and IBM contribute cloud services to CloudStore as well as open source projects such as Rackspace and Red Hat.
G Cloud Authority – monitors and regulates standards and certifications for G Cloud asset services. It also provides support for the public service sectors and acts as a mediator with any cross departmental issues.
Data Centre Consolidation – G Cloud have an ongoing campaign to shut down redundant or rarely used centres across all UK governmental departments to establish the ideal number of data centres. This aspect of the G Cloud drive aims to move government services to common cloud architecture that is made up from public cloud, private cloud and hybrid cloud environments.
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