An introduction to the G-Cloud framework

2017-12-11T15:50:04+00:00 February 6th, 2017|biz|

 With sales of services through G-Cloud exceeding £1bn, most public sector organisations now view the service as a cost-effective way to procure and implement IT solutions.

It’s much cheaper and quicker to purchase services through G-Cloud than entering an individual procurement contract. However, buyers and sellers still need to sign a contract for each service bought during an engagement.

There are four services weaved into the G-Cloud framework, with each being an agreement between government and the supplier who provide cloud-based services. These categories/lots are:

  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
  • Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
  • Specialist Cloud Services (SCS)

These services can each complement the other. With IaaS proving to be the hardware that makes the software work. PaaS are software platforms that can provide a basis for building other services and applications. SaaS can then be the application or service that run’s over the internet or in the cloud. SCS is a little bit different to the other three, in that it supports the transition to SaaS, PaaS and IaaS.

Services provided under G-Cloud can be bought on the Digital Marketplace, which lists the services from pre-approved companies that can be viewed. All public sector organisations, including agencies and arm’s length bodied have access to the Digital Marketplace and can use it to find people and technology for digital projects. To be featured on the Digital Marketplace as a supplier/seller, you need to apply to be on the relevant framework.

risual have been a supplier on the Government’s Digital Marketplace since 2013. Seen as a ‘safe pair of hands’ in the public sector, risual provide Security Cleared (SC) staff who have proven expertise and experience ranging from small tactical work to large enterprise grade transformational projects.

More recently, risual also secured their place on the Technology Products 2 Framework – Technology Products 2 is the UK’s biggest public sector technology framework – enabling them to provide a wide range of commoditized technology hardware and software products through a single online catalogue.

As a testament to risual, this framework represents a great opportunity for the business to grow its engagement across the public sector and is further evidence of the government and CCS providing support to the UK’s thriving tech sector.


See our Derby City Council case study here.

See our UKEF (UK Export Finance) case study here.

Read more about our place on Technology Products 2 here.