Towards a Cloud Common market: UK Administration has G-Cloud in Tow
While many states seek to establish a framework, guiding mechanisms, and caveats that should govern their Information Technology, if not cloud computing, markets, some countries go ahead to endorse the cloud as a market of choice. The United Kingdom has joined a select few countries of the globe that now take IT and server-based storage seriously. Next to the Aussie and American demonstration of the cloud as a national issue, via appropriating policies and security protocols, the British have gone a step further by instituting the sector. Through the G-Cloud, as they are calling this integration that cuts across a wide market spectrum, both governmental and independent, all companies are on board.
What is G-Cloud?
It is a structure that evolves polices for the British cloud and appends major entities to support with applications and data facilities. While admittedly selective in its kind of services, from certain major labels, the G-Cloud dispensation, nevertheless, enjoys a great vendor outreach. Current data of the final week of May reveals that within a click of a button, any department, public or private, in this cloud network, can acquire apps, or rather services, numbering up to 7000. Where do they emanate from? They are the applications, in an Infrastructure as a Service, Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Security as a Service, connotations, from giants and newcomers in the cloud computing niche.
The upshot of this new institutional framework is that it is already getting in vogue with characteristic vibrancy. One of the latest appendages of progress is that there is a CloudStore from where all kinds of apps and services are accessible. The major players, currently, are already increasing the reach of the store, the latter being primarily for stocking SaaS products, by improving on the IaaS framework. This means that in a few months time, major IT companies will be operating gigantic data facilities, especially for administrative storage purposes.
Word is out in the street that, by monetary sense, the CloudStore is not doing badly either, even when still a greenhorn. 14 million Sterling Pounds had already changed hands, at the beginning of 2013, which only hints of the great extent that figure may have hiked to, by now. This is despite the fact that there are no boundaries of buying. A department need not buy from this store in order to stay afloat, cloud-wise. It can also transact directly with vendors, thus bringing a competitive edge, for the store in question, at improving its offerings from within.
Is it popular? G-Cloud has since become a label of some sort in public Information Technology departments. These are taking advantage of the very premise of the project, commodity-pooling. This is where the cloud amasses a number of products and services from diverse providers and developers in one pool. This means that the departments are thereby shopping in one centralized outlet that has the proud fact of having countenancing by the UK authorities.
How is it a Common Market?
The above dissection of how there is commoditization and mass exodus by IT departments of public institutions into the new provision, clearly indicates it is the new name of the game, in the cloud market. The term, common market, as it applies here, stems from the fact that Britain is seeking to harmonize the scalable potentialities of the cloud into its policy framework. This means that it will be formulating matters, concerning which, depending on the sector’s current stage of development. Furthermore, the UK government’s website clearly reveals the intention to scale public ‘economies of scale.’ In short, the entrepreneurial uptime that emanates from the cost-effective platform that is compute infrastructure and pay-as-you-use framework that is software as a service will yet become a public possession.
Ultimately, G-Cloud envisages the government’s intention to reduce the carbon footprint. Because data centers use sustainable energy and are in remote locales, the government and private sectors will, henceforth, do away with huge hardware networks and reduce the ecological disaster that stems from this electronic clutter. Finally, there will be a procurement advantage in the sense that the state will be studying the market changes and appropriating a buyer and vendor equilibrium where none fails the other. When the vendor is there, it is with the apps that the state wants and when the buyer is present, it is for the apps that the vendor has.
By John Omwamba