The UK’s Government Digital Service unit of the UK Government’s Cabinet Office has released a new schedule for the rollout of G-Cloud 5, the UK government’s latest framework through which suppliers can provide cloud-based services to public sector buyers.
Having received an “exceptional[ly] high number of applications” from service providers since February, the GDS will start sending out Intention of Award letters to qualifying service providers on May 9, 2014, and G-Cloud 5 itself will go live May 22.
Cloud services that qualify are available in the “CloudStore” to public sector bodies seeking to procure cloud services.
A new version of the G-Cloud framework is released every 3 to 12 months, but they typically are introduced at regular 6 months intervals, meaning that frameworks overlap.
To ensure that there are no gaps in services available to buyers, the GDS has extended G-Cloud iii (G3) to May 22, 2014. Services available under G-cloud 4 have not been affected in any way.