CloudHealth is excited to announce our inclusion into the Cloud Software Category of the G-Cloud 12 framework, part of the United Kingdom's official Digital Marketplace for the Public Sector. With G-Cloud accreditation, CloudHealth is qualified to bring our holistic cloud management, security, and optimisation solutions to UK public sector organisations and agencies.
What is G-Cloud 12?
G-Cloud is a framework set up by the UK Government and managed by the Crown Commercial Service (CCS) that enables UK public sector organisations to select and procure accredited cloud products and services. Now in its 12th iteration, G-Cloud 12 includes more than 4,000 cloud suppliers.
Suppliers fall within three different categories, called “lots”:
- Cloud Hosting: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) solutions that help you provision and use processing, storage, or network resources, and also deploy and run software
- Cloud Software: Software as a Service (SaaS) applications that are hosted in the cloud and accessed over the internet
- Cloud Support: Helps to set up, maintain, and/or optimise cloud storage, hosting, or software services
CloudHealth is accredited under the Cloud Software Category, providing cloud financial management, security and compliance, as well as optimisation and operations solutions for organisations throughout their cloud journey.
The CCS keeps an updated list of all accredited suppliers within the G-Cloud framework on the Digital Marketplace. This is where organisations can find suppliers online and begin procurement of approved services.
What are the Requirements for G-Cloud 12?
To be part of the G-Cloud 12 framework, an organisation must undergo an approval process from the CCS that calls for a specific set of cloud security, service, pricing, financial, and technical requirements.
Rightfully so, G-Cloud 12 places a high priority on security. Since security is a constant source of caution for public sector organisations, the CCS ensures suppliers adhere to strict security principles that maintain the availability and integrity of user systems and defend against potential cybersecurity threats.
Service definitions are a new requirement for suppliers applying to the G-Cloud 12 framework. Essentially, this means that every supplier needs to provide detailed documentation explaining the cloud services they provide and how they work. They need to include any onboarding or offboarding support, an implementation plan, a pricing overview including volume discounts, potential service constraints, the ordering and invoicing process, and more. More information regarding the application process and requirements can be found on the G-Cloud Suppliers Guide.
What are the Benefits of the G-Cloud Framework?
The G-Cloud framework makes it easier, faster, and safer for the public sector to procure cloud solutions.
Benefits of the G-Cloud framework include:
- The application process creates a fair competitive landscape for all organisations regardless of size, history, or sector
- Buyers can easily search for the solutions they’re looking for through an accessible Digital Marketplace
- Customers know that the cloud solutions or services offered from accredited vendors meet a baseline of security, technical, ethical, and service requirements. Therefore, buyers don’t need to go through standard evaluations themselves
- The procurement process is faster and therefore, less expensive
With more than £9bn spent through the G-Cloud framework since its formation in 2012 and about £200M worth of sales each month in 2019, cloud spend in the public sector is growing at a rapid rate. You can see the real-time sales breakdown by supplier category, date, size, and buyer sector on the CCS online dashboard.
While the cloud is not as new for the private sector, it’s clear that public sector organisations are also taking advantage of the cloud’s benefits and ability to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations.
However, it’s important to recognise that without an established framework for a cloud strategy and processes for cloud managers, these organisations could be making decisions in silos or with inaccurate information, leading to inefficiencies, overconsumption, and security breaches.
CloudHealth is proud to be part of the G-Cloud 12 framework and available to help public sector organisations in the UK align their cloud initiatives to their business goals. With 360-degree visibility into public, hybrid, and multicloud environments, CloudHealth empowers organisations to accelerate migration to the cloud, optimise cloud spend, ensure security and compliance, and improve operational efficiency.
Learn more about the UK Government’s digital transformation and how CloudHealth can help in our whitepaper: The State of UK Public Sector Cloud Management