An array of Scottish technology firms have been approved as suppliers in the UK Government’s G-Cloud 11 framework.
The framework encourages the public sector to adopt cloud services and is an agreement between the Government and suppliers who provide such services.
G-Cloud services are divided into three categories or ‘lots’:
- Cloud hosting, for example, content delivery networks or load balancing services.
- Cloud software, for example, accounting tools or customer service management software
- Cloud support, for example, migration services or ongoing support
Glasgow-based iomart is one of the 4,200 approved suppliers. Together with its digital transformation consultancy SystemsUp and storage specialist Cristie Data, iomart has been approved to deliver a total of 29 separate cloud services across the three lots of hosting, support and software, to support central government, local authorities, healthcare, education and blue light services as they continue to transform the way they deliver their services to the public.
Declan Sharpe, UK sales director, iomart, said: “We have the people, skills, knowledge, technologies, infrastructure and partnerships to offer public sector organisations a one-stop-shop for cloud strategy, implementation, security and management. Instead of having to deal with multiple suppliers, we offer a single point of access to a large portfolio of cloud services, producing a better experience and genuine economies of scale for any public sector body that chooses to work with us.”
The approved G-Cloud 11 services from iomart include Backup as a Service, Disaster Recovery as a Service, Desktop as a Service, IaaS Private Cloud, IaaS Public Cloud, Managed AWS, Managed Azure, Microsoft CSP for Azure and Office 365 and Managed Security. The addition this year of Microsoft CSP for Azure and Office 365 means iomart can also help customers in the public sector leverage funding from Microsoft for proof of concepts.
Through its consultancy SystemsUp, iomart can help public sector organisations with cloud strategy and security, application optimisation, workplace collaboration and data analytics, plus secure internet connectivity via partner ZScaler. While through its storage brand Cristie Data iomart offers a number of transitional cloud services for public sector organisations that are still on-premise, as well as web security and Office 365 security software from partner Barracuda.
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Scottish colocation and cloud solutions company, Brightsolid, has also been announced as an approved G-Cloud 11 supplier.
The tech firm can now provide its full range of cloud solutions to support government organisations in Scotland in their migration to the cloud.
As part of the hosting category within the framework, Brightsolid will offer clients enterprise, private and public cloud solutions through the framework, working collaboratively with them to meet their IT needs. The firm will showcase multi and hybrid clouds as simpler solutions, providing organisations with flexibility and agility throughout the transition, under the streamlined GCloud 11 procurement process.
Vicky Glynn, product manager at Brightsolid, said: “The GCloud framework is perfect for organisations looking to adopt multi or hybrid cloud solutions. For public sector organisations in Scotland, it combines the benefits of ‘shopping local’, having data near to their users and having experienced support to embrace and optimise their infrastructure with solutions from Brightsolid and our market-leading partners including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, VMware and Veeam.”
Malcolm Smith, chief sales officer at Brightsolid, added: “Continuing to be part of the GCloud framework provides a win-win scenario for all parties involved. Organisations who purchase through the framework are afforded financial and regulatory protection, and those who sell through it can experience a faster and more agile tender process.”
The list of Scottish-based tech firms approved on the G-Cloud 11 framework includes:
- Barrier Networks
- BPD Zenith
- Brightwire Technology
- Castle Computer Services
- Cloud Cover IT
- Converged Communication Solutions
- eCom Scotland
- Exchange Communications
- NVT Group
- Pulsion Technology
- Seric Systems
- Quorum Cyber
- Quorum Network Resources
- VKY Intelligent Automation