cloud computing

Huddle sees 132% increase in UK public sector contracts

Caroline Baldwin

Adoption of cloud services in the public sector is continuing to increase, according to Huddle’s financial results.

The company’s revenues from the public sector have more than doubled in the first seven months of its financial year, running May to April, seeing an increase of 132% on the same period last year.

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The cloud collaboration company has announced its financial year is set to be the biggest in terms of public sector contracts.

Huddle is pan-government accredited at IL2 and sits on the UK government’s G-Cloud framework, the fourth version of which (G4) went live in October. The framework aims to provide more small and medium-sized enterprises the opportunity to win government IT contracts.

Huddle claims 80% of central UK government departments now use its cloud service to securely share and work on content. Additionally, local public sector organisations, including Surrey County Council, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, are now using the service.

“While the government is making headway in terms of its cloud ambitions and our latest figures show increasing demand for cloud services, there’s still a mountain to climb," said Huddle CEO Alastair Mitchell.

"A lot more pressure needs to come from the top-down as the £63.4m that has been spent through the G-Cloud is a tiny proportion of the government’s overall IT spend,” he said.

Mitchell also pointed out that a number of suppliers on the G-Cloud framework do not have EU datacentres or pan-government accreditation at IL2, so they would be unlikely to meet security requirements.


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