CloudStore to be rebuilt to include other digital frameworks

GDS is to build a Government Digital eMarketplace which will include the CloudStore and other digital frameworks

Government Digital Service (GDS) has announced plans to build a Government Digital Marketplace which will include the CloudStore and other digital frameworks.

A call-off notice from the Crown Commercial Service has stated the current CloudStore offering should be future-proofed and rebuilt to include other frameworks.

“The current version of CloudStore is insufficiently robust to accommodate GDS’s future roll-out plans that would lead to increased traffic and usage (targeting availability of 99%),” the tender said.

The CloudStore, which is an online framework for the public sector to search for suppliers on the G-Cloud framework, will become the Government Digital Marketplace and will be extended to include a number of other digital frameworks. Other frameworks which could be included are the Digital Services Framework and the framework for the Public Services Network.

“It is perceived that this work would be risky to undertake with the current codebase, and may not be technically possible,” said the tender. The estimated contract length will be four months.

Last week, Computer Weekly revealed GDS was dropping the G-Cloud brand as it caused too much confusion.

At a recent Mortimer Spinks event in London, government CTO Liam Maxwell referred to the framework as “rather confusingly called G-Cloud”.

But the framework is also referred to as the CloudStore, which can be interchangeable with G-Cloud, leading to more confusion.

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