Government G-Cloud roll-out gathers pace as Memset signs as first UK SME partner

Cloud hosting SME Memset has signed up as one of ten companies to trial G-Cloud services.

Cloud hosting SME Memset has signed up as one of ten companies to trial G-Cloud services.

It follows the news that Warwickshire County Council is piloting a G-Cloud e-mail service expected to save £250,000. The council's move counters previous concerns that the Labour initiative had been quietly dropped.

The government is expected to produce its G-Cloud in the next couple of weeks, with a G-Cloud framework also expected to be published shortly.

Kate Craig-Wood, Memset's managing director, said the company is among several SME foundation delivery partner.

"This is a whole new crowd, with a couple of the familiar old guard companies. The government appears to be looking to involve new players. I think this has the potential to be hugely disruptive, with system integrators now being forced to adapt to keep up with us. It's also a new way of buying IT, as a pay-as-you-go service, which is good for everyone," she said.

"SMEs are going to be a vital part of the G-Cloud ecosystem and as part of the detailed architecture for the G-Cloud that we proposed we envisaged ways to facilitate their entry," Craig-Wood added.

The G-Cloud strategy claimed it could save government £3.2bn of its annual £16bn ICT budget, said Craig-Wood. However, she added that the government could increase savings up to 80%. "If done properly, G-Cloud has the potential to be hugely disruptive and could be saving the government £12bn per year by 2020," she said.

The company will have to go through accreditation with the government's security arm CESG, with the expectation of supplying the government via the G-Cloud framework as early as January 2012.

Craig-Wood predicted the company needed to invest a further £300,000 to bring its services up to security impact level 3 requirements. "That will be a significant investment for us but one we can afford to make if the G-Cloud continues to gather traction."

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