G-Cloud director Denise McDonagh expects Salesforce and Amazon to join the program

Amazon and Salesforce Expected to Join UK Government Cloud Program G-Cloud

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The UK government expects cloud computing giants Amazon and Salesforce to join its G-Cloud framework when the new version is launched some time this May, according to a report by the Register on Friday.

G-Cloud is a program that aims to introduce cloud services into government departments, local authorities and the public sector. Accompanying the program is the CloudStore, which was launched in February 2012 to help governments purchase infrastructure, software, platform and other cloud services from more than 250 vendors through a central marketplace.

Denise McDonagh, director of the G-Cloud program, told the Register that Amazon and Salesforce would join the list of G-Cloud suppliers in a UKAuthorITy.com ITU webinar on Thursday.

McDonagh says the cloud companies delayed bidding to provide services in the initial version of the G-Cloud framework because of the government’s legal terms and conditions, a report by Computerworld UK says. This has given the government some insight into how to improve G-Cloud for the version 2 launch next month, according to the report, and the government promises the language will be more transparent to appease the legal departments of cloud service providers which were uncomfortable with the right to audit data.

McDonagh is newly appointed to the position of G-Cloud director since Chris Chant announced his retirement at the end of April. Chant was responsible for launching the G-Cloud framework, and was critical of how government IT departments are resistant to change how they purchase services.

This news comes a day after Amazon launched AWS Marketplace, an online store for customers to deploy software and services in one-click. Unlike the G-Cloud CloudStore, which is designed for the public sector, Amazon launched AWS Marketplace for end-users to simply deploy cloud services. In August 2011, AWS launched GovCloud to enable US government agencies to move workloads to the cloud. The region supports AWS security controls like HIPAA and FISMA, and is accessible by US persons only, a requirement that the International Traffic in Arms Regulations mandates.

Web hosts participating in G-Cloud, such as Virtual Internet, may feel increased competition as Amazon and Salesforce become available in the same marketplace for government organizations to purchase infrastructure-as-a-service. Other providers currently involved in the framework include Google and Microsoft.

According to the McDonagh, the government will plan more “BuyCamps” to educate suppliers on G-Cloud and CloudStore, and answer any questions they may have through an “Ask Mike” service.

Talk back: Would you consider applying to the G-cloud framework? Do you agree with Salesforce and Amazon’s reluctance to be included? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.


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