About the G-Cloud Framework
Launched in February 2012, the G-Cloud framework is part of the government’s ICT strategy to deliver savings and an IT system fit for the 21st century. The Government aim is that purchasing services from G-Cloud is quicker, easier, cheaper and more transparent for the public sector and suppliers alike than traditional procurement routes.
Frameworks are pre-tendered which means that suppliers have undergone a procurement process which for G-Cloud means they have signed up to the G-Cloud framework terms and conditions. This pre tendering is aimed at reducing the administrative burden on buying organisations. G-Cloud differs slightly from a traditional framework in that the customer is free to select from a vast range of suppliers and can run their own mini competitions using the information on the digital marketplace. This pre-tendering combined with the marketplace information aims to increase competitions and reduce the cost of procurement.
G-Cloud contracts can run for a maximum of 24 months with the limit purposefully set by to encourage buyers to regularly go to market to get best value. As of March 2015 over 700 public sector organisations had undertaken over 31,000 procurements totalling £467m through G-Cloud with the largest single transaction greater than £1.6m.
G-Cloud is refreshed every 3-6 months so suppliers can add new services and the catalogue of services and prices is up to date. The services provided are divided into four lots which can be searched through the Digital Marketplace.
These lots are:
- Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) The provisioning of computing services processing, storage, memory etcetera. for users to run arbitrary software.
- Platform as a service (PaaS) Provisioning of platform services such as databases, web servers etcetera. to enable users to deploy user-developed or owned applications.
- Software as a service (SaaS) provisioning of the supplier applications as a cloud service.
- Specialist Cloud Services (SCS) consultancy services related to the provision of cloud services.