Chris Chant has confirmed his retirement, less than two months after launching the government's CloudStore

UK Cabinet Office Confirms Departure of G-Cloud Director Chris Chant

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The Cabinet Office confirmed on Friday that G-Cloud director Chris Chant will retire at the end of April, two days after he wrote a blog post criticizing goverment IT departments for being unwilling to change how they purchase services.

Chant will be replaced by Denise McDonagh, director of IT at the Home Office. McDonagh will lead G-Cloud from April 30, 2012, and keep her existing role at the Home Office.

Chant was behind the implementation of the government’s CloudStore, an online storefront for UK public sector organizations to purchase cloud services. The store was launched in February 2012, and includes more than 1,700 cloud services from suppliers in the areas of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, and services like configuration, management and monitoring.

Web hosts participating in G-Cloud, like Virtual Internet, should not be affected by the change in leadership since the new iteration of the framework will be launched the last week of April or the first week of May as planned and require “just a small amount of effort” to migrate, according to the G-Cloud website. The update will include a new approach where it will be able to add new suppliers and services on a quarterly basis.

While the UK, US and Canadian federal governments have pledged to move services to the cloud, it is no easy task to migrate all the applications, emails, and data to cloud infrastructures as governments can be very fragmented. Another concern is the security of data stored in the cloud, but service providers have taken this concern and turned it into a business opportunity. For example, on Monday, data center provider Terremark launched its enterprise cloud edition to meet the security compliance requirements of government agencies.

According to a post by the G-Cloud team, in the past 18 months Chant started the project, moved many cabinet office staff to cloud-based email, and launched the G-Cloud framework.

Talk back: Are you a part of the G-Cloud framework? If so, do you think this change in leadership will impact your involvement with G-Cloud? Let us know in a comment.


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