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Public sector demand for cloud computing rises ahead of G-Cloud launch

Public sector workers are calling for greater use of cloud computing

The public sector is coming under increasing pressure to move its operations to the cloud, with a new survey revealing that 61 percent of public sector organisations would prefer to access all their software for work through the cloud.

The study of 5,000 directors and business owners, carried out by LM Research on behalf of Virgin Media Business, found that 10 percent of public sector staff are now using cloud software on a daily basis, compared with 16 percent in the private sector. With the government's G-Cloud expected to launch later this year, that number could grow rapidly.

The concept of a nationalised government cloud was introduced by the Labour government in December 2009, and was touted as a way to enable sharing and reuse of business apps, services and components across the public sector. The government Procurement Service finally got around to placing a tender for G-Cloud services last October.

Last month the coalition government announced the suppliers shortlisted for its G-Cloud frameworks for cloud computing. There are already 1,700 services in the G-Cloud catalogue, including software-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service, infrastructure-as-a-service, and other specialist services.

Once services are accredited and assured they will be made available via a newly designed front end on the G-Cloud site.

"Businesses need to carefully choose the right supplier when commuting to the cloud to ensure disruption to services is kept to the absolute minimum," said Tony Grace, chief operating officer of Virgin Media Business, which is working on the G-Cloud initiative.

"Look for a supplier that will work closely with you to develop a tailored solution that meets your specific needs, and can back it up with highly resilient, secure connectivity."


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