Ministry of Defence aims for cloud

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has partnered with Skyscape Cloud Services to host its GEMS Online staff engagement and innovation system.

GEMS Online is a new scheme being implemented by the MoD, which will allow personnel from both the Ministry and the Armed Forces to make suggestions on how to improve the organisations’ daily functioning.

The Skyscape infrastructure as a service (IaaS) contract was awarded through the government’s G-Cloud Framework for technology procurement across the public sector. Version two of the initiative was launched in October 2012, to a guarded welcome from the vendor community.

In a statement, Skyscape CEO Phil Dawson sought to highlight the fact his company is a UK sovereign SME, which can be important for the storage of certain types of data. He also pointed out that the organisation’s cloud service have been “specifically designed for the UK public sector”.

“We are proud that the MoD has the confidence to buy cloud services directly from an SME, and shows that there are real opportunities for SMEs to play key roles in the delivery of critical national infrastructure for UK public services,” Dawson added.

Jonathan Slater, director general of transformation and corporate services of the MoD, said: ““Using the G-Cloud Framework has enabled the access a wide range of pre-procured services and suppliers. The whole process has been very easy from start to finish and we have made substantial cost savings too. GEMS Online hosted on Skyscape is an excellent example of how new ways of transacting and consuming ICT are helping government to rise to its challenges and transform.”

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