Latest Iteration of UK Government’s G-Cloud Initiative to Go Live This Month

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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.

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David Hamilton is a Toronto-based technology journalist who has written for the National Post and other news outlets. He has covered the hosting industry internationally for the Web Host Industry Review with particular attention to innovative hosting solutions and the issues facing the industry. David is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber College School of Media Studies.

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