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Skyscape cuts cloud storage price by 50% for public sector IaaS users

Cloud services provider cites growing public sector business as reason for latest round of price cuts

Skyscape Cloud Services says the growth of its public sector business has enabled the company to operate at the economies of scale needed to roll out double-digit price cuts to its customers.

The SME cloud provider has introduced price cuts, as of 1 August, of up to 50% for those that require additional storage when using its Compute-as-a-Service offering.

The price cuts apply to both of its Assured Official and Elevated Official cloud platforms, which are used by public sector organisations that, respectively, require IL2 and IL3-equivalent standards of protection for their data.   

According to Skyscape, the move means the cost of using its Compute-as-a-Service range of cloud-based infrastructure resources has fallen by more than 70% this year, which reportedly equates to savings of more than £9,000 for customers based on current levels of consumption.

Simon Hansford, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services, said the price cuts result from the growing number of public-sector organisations entrusting the firm with their data, following its inclusion on the G-Cloud procurement framework.

“Thanks to our growth – which has been accelerated by the opportunities afforded to SMEs by initiatives such as the G-Cloud Framework – this latest wave of cost reductions is the seventh we have been able to pass on to our customers since we launched our services on the first G-Cloud iteration in 2012,” said Hansford.

According to the government’s most recent G-Cloud spend data, Skyscape has secured nearly 700 deals through the framework, most of which have involved central government departments.

“Due to increasing demand from our UK public sector customers and our successful community of more than 160 partner organisations, the Skyscape assured cloud platform has achieved unprecedented scale,” Hansford added.  

“Our continued growth and success means we can pass on these economies of scale to our customers, many of which face significant budget cuts as part of the 2015 Spending Review.”

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As previously reported by Computer Weekly, the public sector has been warned to brace itself for another round of austerity-induced budget cuts when the details of the government’s 2015 Comprehensive Spending Review are published in November.

In anticipation of this Chancellor George Osborne has already ordered Whitehall departments to draw up plans outlining how they could cut their resource budgets by up to 40% by 2019/20.

“We are committed to delivering demonstrable value to our customers and have always offered genuine pay-by-the-hour consumption pricing models as standard,” said Hansford.

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