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Scottish Government Approves Suppliers for Cloud Services Framework

Duncan MacRae

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The framework’s scope includes public cloud (including access to hyper-scale); private cloud; co-location; hybrid cloud; community cloud; and cloud transition services.

The Scottish Government has named a raft of tech firms in its new Cloud Services Framework.

The framework is intended to make it easier for government and public sector organisations to access a range of cloud services from approved vendors. Its scope includes public cloud (including access to hyper-scale); private cloud; co-location; hybrid cloud; community cloud; and cloud transition services.

As of the 1st of August, it replaces the former hosting services framework, which expired in May 2019.

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Lanarkshire-based DataVita, a datacentre and multi-cloud services provider, is one of the approved cloud service providers.

Through the framework, public sector organisations – including local authorities, education providers, the NHS and emergency services, and the third sector – will be able to access a variety of cloud services delivered via DataVita’s purpose-built, Uptime Institute Tier III certified datacentre, which is powered by 100% green energy.

DataVita MD Danny Quinn said: “Given the sensitive nature of some of the data held in the public sector, as well as the regulatory requirements around its control, we have decided to introduce a dedicated data hall, which will allow public sector organisations to benefit from a number of unique, advanced controls.

“We hope this will support secure and seamless collaboration between departments, while achieving maximum efficiencies for our customers.”

Colocation and cloud solutions company, Brightsolid, is another to feature on the list.

Under the new two-year framework – which can extend to four years as there is the option to extend twice for further one-year periods – Brightsolid will offer enterprise, private, public and hybrid cloud solutions and associated services, working collaboratively with organisations to meet their IT needs.

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Elaine Maddison, CEO at Brightsolid, said: “We’re pleased to offer our continued support to the Scottish Government following three years of successfully working with Scottish public sector organisations under the hosting services framework.

“Often, there are more hurdles for public sector organisations to overcome than their private equivalent – whether restricted by the supply chain, cost or security. Therefore, our ability to offer a variety of cloud solutions, including hybrid cloud, fits extremely well within this sector, as it offers a balance of performance and cost optimisation.

“The hybrid approach also allows businesses to use the right cloud for the right workload, combining on-premise, colocation and cloud provider solutions from Brightsolid and our market leading partners, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure.”

Vendors on the new Cloud Services Framework include:

  • Brightsolid
  • DataVita
  • CAE Technology Services
  • Insight Direct UK
  • Iomart
  • Nigsun Limited
  • NVT Group
  • Proact IT UK
  • Pulsant
  • Six Degrees
  • Storm ID
  • Sungard
  • UK Cloud
  • Velocity

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