G-Cloud and the Cloud Store (now the Digital Marketplace) was launched in February 2012 to deliver the Government’s objectives of creating a marketplace of Cloud Computing services for the public sector. G-Cloud provides a wider choice, simpler, faster buying process, and enables SME’s to bring their services to the public sector.
The G-Cloud framework has been developed to give public sector buyers access to pay-as-you-go services as a cheaper alternative to traditionally sourced ICT. The Digital Marketplace is an online platform where suppliers offer their services to the public sector via the G-Cloud framework.
- Avoid long contracts
- Buy the exact amount of computing resources you need
- Save money on maintenance and physical storage
- Avoid custom-built solutions which take a long time to create; are expensive and difficult to upgrade
An analysis of the publicly available G-Cloud spending data by Mark Craddock, the former Digital Marketplace lead for the G-Cloud programme in the Cabinet Office, states that buyers are regularly achieving savings of 50%, with some reporting savings of as much as 80%.
The difference between G-Cloud and other frameworks is that you pay for services as you use them, rather than being tied to inflexible, long-term contracts. You can buy these services through the Digital Marketplace https://www.gov.uk/digital-marketplace.
The Digital Marketplace offers access to more than 1,200 suppliers and over 13,000 services across all types of Cloud service models, with offerings under 4 categories (‘Lots’):
- Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
- Platform as a Service (PaaS)
- Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Specialist Cloud Services (SCS)