G-Cloud hails December sales success

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Over 70 per cent of spend went to SMBs, says Cabinet Office

The Government's cloud procurement gateway, CloudStore, achieved its highest monthly sales figures in December since opening for business in April 2012.

Nearly £6 million in IT services has been sold through the scheme since launch, with December contributing £1.2 million to this total.

A spokesperson for the Cabinet Office, which runs the CloudStore and G-cloud framework, told Cloud Pro: “To date there have been nearly £6 million in sales of IT services through the CloudStore, and 70 per cent of this spend, over £3.5 million, has been with SMBs.”

G-Cloud has previously come under fire for supposedly ignoring SMBs in favour of larger suppliers by the likes of cloud provider Attenda.

Furthermore, some industry watchers - who had previously defended the framework against these accusations - have since voiced concerns that the inclusion of some traditional suppliers in G-Cloud iii could stifle public sector cloud adoption.

The CloudStore, which is due to be down for maintenance between 6pm 25 January and 8am 28 January, is the shop front for the G-Cloud framework of approved cloud service providers.

The Cabinet Office is currently in the process of rolling out the third iteration of the G-Cloud. The invitation to tender was released to potential providers on 15 January, which was also the beginning of the clarification period and when the e-Sourcing Portal opened.

The tender submission guideline is set for 25 February and the commencement date for framework agreements is expected to fall during April this year.

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