Node4 has announced that it has been awarded a place on G-Cloud 9, the UK Government’s cloud services procurement framework. Node4’s N4 Private Cloud, Cyber Security Services, NetApp Private Storage as a Service (NPSaaS), Storage as a Service (STaaS), Backup as a Service (BUaaS), Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) powered by Cisco and Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions are listed on the framework, making these available to UK public sector organisations.
“A number of public sector organisations are increasing their use of cloud services due to its flexibility and cost savings. G-Cloud 9 makes it easier for organisations to check which types of suppliers meet the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) approval criteria and readily engage with them. Being a G-Cloud9 supplier means that public sector services have better access to Node4’s solutions to run mission-critical systems and services,” said Paula Johnston, Head of Public Sector at Node4.
Node4’s presence on the G-Cloud 9 directory of suppliers means that its services are available and can now be accessed by organisations across the UK public sector without the need for a full tender or competition procurement process. These organisations include central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations.
Andrew Gilbert, CEO at Node4, commented: “The cloud offers both, cost-savings and flexibility, which are important for public sector organisations. Node4 is proud to be able to offer solutions that help government bodies run their mission-critical systems and services smoothly.”
According to G-Cloud figures, updated on 10 January 2017, approximately £1,696,137,364 of G-Cloud sales (ex. VAT) have been reported since the initiative launched in 2012. Just over half (56%) of total sales by value and 64% by volume, from all reported G-Cloud sales to date, have been awarded to SMEs. 77% of total sales by value were through Central Government; 23% through the wider public sector.
The CCS, which oversees the G-Cloud framework and Digital Marketplace, acts on behalf of the Crown to drive savings for the taxpayer and improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity. This agreement supports the Government’s policy to centrally manage the procurement of common goods and services through an integrated commercial function at the heart of government.