What is G-Cloud 11?

Some of you may have heard the term G-Cloud floating about recently but do you know what it means, and what it could mean to you?

So G-Cloud is a framework that allows UK public sector bodies to choose and buy cloud computing services. This agreement is valid for 12 months, however, the agreement may be extended for a further 12 months in certain scenarios. The G-Cloud framework is also known as the Digital Marketplace – this is where you can buy services covering hosting, software and cloud support on a commodity based, pay-as-you-go service.

But what are the benefits of using this framework over just buying?

  • Access to over 30,000 services.
  • Scalable services, paying for only what you use, being able to increase or reduce what you need when you need it.
  • Quick and easy route into the market.
  • Reduced costs and reduced total cost of ownership compared to running your own service in house.
  • Suppliers are vetted and reviewed regularly, this saves people time finding suppliers and checking their reliability.
  • Access to over 4000 suppliers.
  • Buyers get competitive prices because suppliers can sell large volumes of their products and services to UK public sector organisations as though they were supplying a single customer.
  • Contracts comply with public sector procurement regulations.
  • Standardised contract terms reduce administration.
  • Access to the latest technology and innovations with every refresh of the G-Cloud agreement.
  • You can change your service provider easily.

Say you did want to use this framework, what’s the process on buying? There’s a six step process on the Digital Marketplace – you don’t need to even register to gain access to this service. All of the documents regarding call-off and framework agreements, schedules and supplier list can be found on the Digital Marketplace.

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