The next five years for g-cloud?

With a new government soon to form, Andrew Maybin, managing director of digital infrastructure and web hosting firm Tibus, looks ahead to what the next five years might hold for G-Cloud and cloud computing in the public sector

G-Cloud services are available to over 29,000 public sector organisations and the Framework is already delivering tangible benefits. With the fourth incarnation going live in October last year, and the fifth expected in the first half of 2014, Government Technology looks at the programme’s perceived successes and failures so far

Philip Dawson, ceo, Skyscape Cloud Services, focuses on the rise of G-Cloud since its inception at the beginning of this year. The programme represents a cultural leap for the government and its success has already seen it pass the £18m mark in sales procured through the framework

ISACA, a non-profit association of 100,000 IT professionals in 180 countries, outlines what it believes will be the key trends organisations will face in 2013

Since the first G-Cloud framework was launched in February, purchases worth more than £1m have been made through it. Although it has recently faced criticisms, SMEs make up more than 75 per cent of the suppliers listed on the CloudStore.

As Denise McDonagh takes over from Chris Chant as head of the Government’s G-Cloud programme and suppliers get ready for the second incarnation of the G-Cloud Framework, McDonagh warns business the Government isn’t going to be making any ‘big bets’ on the cloud straight away.

How can cloud computing reduce the risk of information falling into the wrong hands, asks Nick Bird from Technical Services, a trading arm of Kent County Council

Research suggests that many government departments are unclear about how cloud computing can add value. So what needs to change to achieve understanding of this emerging technology?

Mike Small of ISACA takes a look at social media and privacy legislation

The flexibility, scalability and cost savings that cloud computing offers means it is a real contender for improving government ICT systems and public services as laid out in the government ICT strategy, writes Andy Burton, chairman, Cloud Industry Forum

Gerry O’Neill, industry thought-leader and vice president of the the Cloud Security Alliance’s UK & Ireland Chapter, takes a look at the current status of plans to move public services to the Cloud, and what this means for how we view the security and stewardship of public information

Ashar Baig, chairman of SNIA’s Cloud Backup and Recovery Special Interest Group, gives an insight into the benefits of Cloud Backup and Recovery (BUR) in today’s datacentre and how to set up a successful cloud BUR strategy

Matt Holmes, Chair of BASDA’s Cloud Computing Special Interest Group, explains the advantages of cloud computing for public sector organisations

How will cloud computing impact the public sector? Microsoft’s Mark Taylor weighs up the arguments

Melissa Frewin, head of healthcare and central government at Intellect, looks at why the government’s plans for a public sector cloud computing infrastructure is welcome news