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The UK Government’s CIO, John Suffolk, announced the establishment of a UK onshore, private Government Cloud Computing Infrastructure called G-Cloud. In essence the program will include Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Middleware/Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In relation to SaaS the government would establish a Government Application Store. There are six government initiatives that have sparked the creation of this cloud computing plan: Standardize and Simplify the Desktop; Standardize Networks; Rationalize Data Center Estate; Deliver on Open Source, Open Standards and Reuse Strategy; Green IT; & Information Security and Assurance. In addition to these six existing initiatives the G-Cloud will also help the government improve: Shared Services, Reliable Project Delivery, Supplier Management, and Professionalizing IT Enabled Business Change.

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The UK Government’s CIO announced the establishment of a UK onshore, private Government Cloud Computing Infrastructure called G-Cloud. In essence the program will include Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Middleware/Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). In relation to SaaS the government would establish a Government Application Store. This plan is supported by the UK Government’s Digital Britain initiative.
UK Government ICT Strategy
The need to continue to transform public services and to use ICT to enable transformation of the way the public sector runs and operates has become more pressing. As the UK public sector has responded to increased and increasing demand within this complex technology arena, it has built an ICT infrastructure that in many instances duplicates solutions across different areas of government. The ICT Strategy will ensure that this infrastructure now goes through a process of standardisation and simplification, to create a common infrastructure designed to enable local delivery suited to local needs. Delivery will increasingly be through partnerships between the public, private and third sectors, and this strategy focuses on providing the greater interoperability necessary to underpin this model.
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Paper: G-Cloud Vision PDF
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Phase 2 of the G-Cloud Programme (Oct 2009 to Apr 2010) was led by the Cabinet Office and included representatives from over 10 Government departments who headed up work packages involving some 100 volunteers from a broad spectrum of ICT suppliers. Following peer review a series of documents were finalized to define how the public sector could utilize the Cloud Computing approach to ICT delivery and explore what benefits and challenges this approach would create.


Paper: G-Cloud Commercial Strategy PDF
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G-Cloud Commercial Strategy


Paper: G-Cloud Strategic Outline Business Case PDF
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G-Cloud Strategic Outline Business Case


Paper: G-Cloud Implementation Strategy PDF
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G-Cloud Implementation Strategy


Paper: G-Cloud Service Management, Organisational Structure and Governance PDF
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G-Cloud Service Management, Organisational Structure and Governance


Paper: G-Cloud Service Specification PDF
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G-Cloud Service Specification


Paper: G-Cloud Technical Architecture PDF
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G-Cloud Technical Architecture


Paper: G-Cloud Founding Principles PDF
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G-Cloud Founding Principles


Paper: The UK Government ICT Strategy PDF
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The need to continue to transform public services and to use ICT to enable transformation of the way the public sector runs and operates has become more pressing. As the UK public sector has responded to increased and increasing demand within this complex technology arena, it has built an ICT infrastructure that in many instances duplicates solutions across different areas of government. The ICT Strategy will ensure that this infrastructure now goes through a process of standardisation and simplification, to create a common infrastructure designed to enable local delivery suited to local needs. Delivery will increasingly be through partnerships between the public, private and third sectors, and this strategy focuses on providing the greater interoperability necessary to underpin this model.


Article: Government Cloud PDF
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The UK's Government CIO, John Suffolk, gives an overview of their ten strand approach to building a government cloud (G-Cloud) program. He discusses the initiatives that led them to adopt a cloud computing strategy and how it will include Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions. He also talks about establishing a Government Application Store.