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NHS organisations now have the option to procure co-location services from four major IT suppliers, thanks to the expansion of the North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative (NOE CPC) framework.
Redcentric, Insight Direct, SCC and Viglen have all successfully managed to secure places on the framework's new co-location and hosting services lot, following a four month-long tender process.
The framework covers the procurement of a wide range of clinical, pharmaceutical and corporate items, and – despite what its name might suggest – is open to NHS organisations and departments across the UK to join.
According to its website, it already has around 50 members that use it to procure items, and colocation and hosting services are among the latest to be added to its roll call of offerings.
NHS organisations can use it to host their servers and data in Redcentric, Insight, SCC and Viglen's datacentres.
This, it is claimed, could help NHS IT managers save money as it will eradicate the need for them to invest in in-house datacentre resources.
As reported by Cloud Pro in June, co-location services were recently banned from inclusion on the fifth iteration of the public sector G-Cloud procurement framework.
This is part of a clampdown by the Cabinet Office on firms offering services through the CloudStore that don't comply with the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) definition of what constitutes a cloud-based service.
Peter Nailer, senior bid manager at Redcentric, said the decision to include co-location services on NOE CPC should help NHS organisations caught out by the change in G-Cloud rules.
“With no colocation hosting services section available on G-cloud, NOE CPC represents a viable way for healthcare departments to access this type of infrastructure service via a buying framework,” he said.
“As an existing cloud, managed services and colocation supplier to public sector bodies across the UK, we’re delighted that we’ve been able to secure a place for this lot.”