EMC Computer Systems (UK) Limited today announced that it has been chosen by the Government Procurement Service, an executive agency of the Cabinet Office, to deliver key components of the G-Cloud programme through the new G-Cloud Framework Agreement, subject to contract.
The G-Cloud Framework Agreement will allow EMC to supply a wide range of specialist cloud services across the whole of the UK public sector through ‘Lot 4’ of the G-Cloud programme. This award places EMC on the roster of companies validated by the Cabinet Office as strategic suppliers to the G-Cloud programme and provides the vehicle through which EMC can play a major role in supporting the UK Government’s drive to transform public sector IT and delivery of modern, efficient and effective services to the citizen.
Writing on the Government Digital Service website, Chris Chant, Programme Director for the G-Cloud project at the Cabinet Office, says: “The change we are already making is a big one. It will affect the way government buys IT, who we buy it from, how we handle security, how we focus relentlessly on our customers and how all our employees work, not just those in IT. Every aspect of government and the public sector will be affected, thankfully, things will never be the same.”
Mark Gorman, Director, Public Sector for EMC in the United Kingdom, said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as a specialist cloud services provider as part of the G-Cloud programme. The ambition to separate the issue of infrastructure from applications will empower the Government to roll out innovations more quickly, at cost and energy requirements an order of magnitude lower than in the past. We look forward to working with departmental CIOs as we come to terms with a new world of public sector IT service delivery and a new model of supplier engagement – and together setting a new pace of innovation and project fulfilment.”
James Petter, Vice President and Managing Director of EMC in the United Kingdom and Ireland, commented: “Cloud innovation is vital to driving efficiencies in Government IT, but it also represents a dramatic transformation in the way Government services could be delivered. The UK G-Cloud agenda paves the way for a seismic shift in the way citizens and businesses interact with Government, as the foundation of a new era of big, open data.”
Under the initial G-Cloud programme, a range of Compute-as-a-Service, Storage-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service products at differing security levels will be available from the Government’s CloudStore, which launched this week. This represents a key milestone in the implementation of modern cloud services through the G-Cloud programme, which is a major component of the UK Government’s drive to deliver a more competitive marketplace designed to transform delivery of IT services into a flexible, efficient and scalable utility.
EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses, government agencies and service providers to transform their operations and deliver Information Technology as a service. Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset — information — in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.