UK Government Cloud First Strategy Boosts SMB Cloud Vendors

UK Government Cloud First Strategy Boosts SMB Cloud Vendors

All government departments should first consider any public cloud solution before looking for anything else, states the latest set of IT recommendations issued by UK’s Cabinet office. This is momentous and not only for UK but for governments around the world and how cloud is being perceived.

The actual statement is – while procuring IT solutions within any public sector organizations, IT “should consider and fully evaluate potential Cloud solutions first – before they consider any other option”. There are several factors which have contributed to a mature level of trust in Cloud products but what stands out the most is the direct saving in cost. At a time when governments are taking their hands-off new ambitious projects in almost every department, IT finds it increasingly more difficult to get budget approved for new solutions or upgrades of legacy systems. Cloud presents a viable alternative to the longstanding government solution vendors. In most cases, the cost savings could be up to 70% which is significant at this time of financial crunch.

As we reviewed a recent survey which proved that more adoption of the cloud only adds more value, Government’s adoption of the cloud follows the same pattern which means that if “on the fringes” is the phrase which describes your Cloud strategy then you may not experience the real value add which Cloud promises to deliver. This has also been proven by the experience of new comers who often cite insufficient reduction in overall IT costs when they deploy their first Cloud solution. Therefore deep penetration and full-on adoption is key to achieving real benefits and it holds true for Government as well as enterprise.

UK Government’s G-Cloud (short for Government Cloud) program aims at building a platform for transparently connecting cloud service providers (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS etc) and Government departments looking to procure Cloud solutions. What’s encouraging to note is that out of the total of 708 suppliers registered with G-Cloud, 80% are SMBs which is an indicator of a booming Cloud service provider ecosystem. This initiative also sets an example for other Governments to follow with only one implication – accelerated Cloud adoption at all levels.

Looking at this Cloud adoption drive by public sector organizations critically, we cannot just bypass information security concerns especially when it comes to sensitive public data. Even though Governments are advancing towards standardizing Cloud security policies, any incident of breach, especially when the control of the data is shared with private, for-profit, entities would have far reaching impact and may even hurt Cloud ecosystem. It’s only logical for Cloud providers to put information security at the top of their priorities, even higher than scalability, usability and stability. Trust is key when it comes to the Cloud.

By Walter Bailey

Walter

Walter has been a technology freelance writer for several years. His focus is on Cloud Computing and Big Data.

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.


CloudTweaks Sponsors - Find out more!

Popular

Top Viral Impact

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Fast Facts It’s no secret that Cloud Computing is more than just a buzz term as that ship has sailed off a long time ago. More and more companies are adopting the uses and benefits of cloud computing while aggressively factoring cloud services spending into their budget. Included is an excellent…

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Holiday Photos

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Holiday Photos

The Lighter Side Of The Cloud – Holiday Photos Enjoy our weekly comics provided by our talented cartoonists. By David Fletcher About Latest Posts WalterWalter has been a technology freelance writer for several years. His focus is on Cloud Computing and Big Data. Latest posts by Walter (see all) Cloud Infographic – Mobile Security Survey…

Forrester Releases Its “15 Emerging Technologies To Watch Before 2020” Report

Forrester Releases Its “15 Emerging Technologies To Watch Before 2020” Report

15 Emerging Technologies To Watch Before 2020 The cloud, big data, the internet of things, and wearable technology have all featured heavily in Forrester’s latest list of fifteen technologies to watch before 2020. It is becoming a reality for businesses that they need to adapt and change to an increasingly technologically-minded customer base. Traditional marketing…

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery

Cloud Infographic – The Power Of Cloud Disaster Recovery Preventing a Cloud Disaster is one thing. Recovering from a disaster is a whole other area of concern. Today’s infographic provided by CloudVelox outlines some best practices and safeguards in order to help your business make more informed decisions. About Latest Posts WalterWalter has been a…

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Computing And SMEs

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Computing And SMEs

Cloud Infographic – Cloud Computing And SMEs SMEs (Small/Medium Sized Enterprises) make up the bulk of businesses today. Most cloud based applications created today are geared toward the SME market. Accounting, Storage, Backup services are just a few of them. According to the European Commission, cloud based technology could help 80% of organisations reduce costs by…


Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading influencers in cloud computing, big data and internet of things (IoT) information. Our goal is to continue to build our growing information portal, by providing the best in-depth articles, interviews, event listings, whitepapers, infographics and much more.

You can help continue to support our community by social sharing, sponsoring, partnering or contributing to this great educational resource.

Contact

CloudTweaks Media
Phone: 1 (212) 763-0021
contact@cloudtweaks.com

Join our newsletter