iomartcloud has won its first cloud contract as part of the UK government’s latest framework for approved cloud services. The year-long, £100,000 ($163,520 US) contract was awarded by the Government Digital Service (GDS) to provide cloud services for the GOV.UK government services web portal.
iomartcloud, in partnership with IT supplier Viglen, was awarded the contract, which will see iomartcloud provide virtual machines, and EMC VMAX storage and backup.
According to the announcement, GOV.UK is the single domain for government services that went live in October 2012, averging more than 9 million weekly visits.
Introduced earlier this year, the G4 framework is the fourth iteration of the pre-approved group of Cloud ICT suppliers to the UK government. iomart’s cloud and colocation services were approved under the new framework.
The UK government is considered an early adopter of cloud services in comparison to other governments in Europe, according to a recent report by The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security.
“I am delighted that iomartcloud has been selected as one of the main suppliers for GOV.UK. This is our first major contract win under the G Cloud framework and underlines our ability to provide the scalable and flexible infrastructure to support the most complex public sector projects,” Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group said. “It also shows that G-Cloud is opening up the opportunity for a wider group of cloud services providers to successfully compete for government contracts.”
The G-Cloud framework offers a list of approved suppliers for public sector organizations to shop for cloud services from. The online marketplace, called CloudStore, currently provides agencies access to more than 13,000 different services from a total of 1,186 suppliers, with 84 percent of the suppliers being SMEs.