Cloud computing provider iomart Group announced on Tuesday that it has been approved for G-Cloud 4, the fourth iteration of the pre-approved group of Cloud ICT suppliers to the UK Government, allowing it to offer an expanded range of cloud and colocation hosting services to the UK public sector.
Started in 2012, G-Cloud enables government customers to procure approved digital services in an online marketplace called the “CloudStore,” streamlining an otherwise lengthy tender process. It’s expected that many other hosting service providers will announce that their services have attained G-Cloud 4 status in the coming days.
“As cloud becomes the de facto delivery mechanism for IT services, we are finding that public sector organizations are being much more specific about the type of cloud hosting services they are seeking from the G Cloud catalog,” iomart CEO Angus MacSween said in a statement. “We have expanded our range to reflect the significant expertise we have in these areas.”
iomart’s existing public sector clients include one of the UK’s biggest housing associations as well as a range of councils and education providers.
New iomart services found in the CloudStore include custom provisioning of private and hybrid cloud solutions to the CloudStore catalog as well as data center and colocation services delivered from the company’s eight data center locations and UK fiber network.
MacSween said iomart’s far-reaching network is especially important for government agencies seeking IT outsourcing disaster recovery and off-site storage solutions.
For those who were already designated Giii suppliers can choose to remain on the Giii framework, running until May 2014, or carry forward all or some of your services to G4. Those only on the Gii framework should have applied to G4 to ensure continuity for your services, as the Gii framework expired Oct. 27, 2013, or else they are no longer be a G-Cloud supplier.
Recently, iomart acquired cloud backup and disaster recovery services provider Backup Technology for $37 million, as well as acquisition of dedicated server and managed services provider Redstation for $12.4 million.