There is much contention surrounding the issue of size in relation to the Cloud, resulting in confusion about whether size does matter and if so, what size Cloud provider really is the best.

Consequently, many companies make uninformed decisions which may ultimately leave them tied into a contract which doesn’t best serve their needs, or in some cases is completely unsuitable for the purposes for which it is required.  


More efficient use of ICT is playing its part in meeting government Green targets according to a new report from the Cabinet Office. 


In what may foreshadow G-Cloud developments here, it didn’t take too long after Amazon's Cloud services were brought down by a storm last week before sceptics in Washington were raising questions about Cloud’s viability in the government sector. 


Government’s use of Cloud Computing still lags behind other sectors, despite the G-Cloud push, according to new research from Cisco.

Those are among the findings of the Cisco CloudWatch Report, a research programme polling 250 IT decision makers in large
UK companies across five key sectors - Government, retail, healthcare, finance and service providers (including telecoms operators/carriers, media and broadcast companies about current attitudes and approaches - to Cloud Computing.


When it comes to Cloud Computing adoption, a recurring meme of late has been that the UK finds itself actually ahead of the US in terms of public sector strategy and adoption.

Sadly that's not the case for Europe as a whole, reckons Gartner. Across all sectors, we're about 2 years behind our US cousins it seems.  

The launch of a second SME-friendly G-Cloud framework, giving more companies an opportunity to supply G-Cloud services through the CloudStore online catalogue, "illustrates the progress in implementing the Government’s ICT Strategy," the Cabinet Office has just claimed.
With an "overwhelming response to the first tender, with over 600 expressions of interest," it says, Government Procurement Service subsequently awarded framework agreements to around 250 suppliers, of which around three-quarters are SMEs.
The second iteration of the Government’s CloudStore went live on Friday, but not everyone's entirely looking at it as the improved version the Cabinet Office reckons it is. 
The Cabinet Office says this version is better to version 1, launched in February, because it has:
  • better functionality when it comes to searching, to comparing services and prices, and it has the ability to now purchase directly through the store if buyers are registered with the Government e-Marketplace
  • better for suppliers as "payments

The G-Cloud programme team has come out fighting over what they're calling "misinformation and twisted statistics" in a rebuttal which includes a public slap across the wrist for a former senior member of the programme team itself. 

Specifically the G-Cloud team are hacked off by a report from VMware claiming that half the public sector don't understand the G-Cloud and how it works, while also wanting to clear up confusion around the introduction of the G-Hosting initiative and where it sits in relation to G-Cloud. 


The first Microsoft Cloud deal to be transacted under the UK Government’s G-Cloud’s framework is already paying dividends - despite only being part-way through its rollout. 


We’ve all heard it before: “Cloud Computing is so much more cost effective than in-house IT – move to the Cloud and start saving today!” and “Cloud Computing will revitalise the British economy – sign up today for a free trial!”