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Government launches cloud first policy alongside G-Cloud iii (Amazon STILL absent)

Derek du Preez | May 6, 2013
The government has used the launch of the third G-Cloud framework to adopt a cloud first policy, claiming that the public cloud should be the first option considered by public sector buyers of IT products and services.

A new version of Cloudstore, the online catalogue for the G-Cloud products, will also go live today, which will hopefully appease critics that branded the previous website as difficult to use and unintuitive.

"G-Cloud brings a step change in the way government buys IT. It's quicker, cheaper and more competitive, open to a wider range of companies, including a majority of SMEs, and offers more choice and innovation," said minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude.

"Many government departments already use G-Cloud, but IT costs are still too high. One way we can reduce them is to accelerate the adoption of Cloud across the public sector to maximise its benefits. The Cloud First policy will embed the skills a modern civil service needs to meet the demands of 21st-century digital government and help us get ahead in the global race."


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