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Google pens deal with UK Government to supply cloud services to public sector

Written by Wed 3 Jun 2020

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UK Government eyes Anthos as critical cloud cost-saver

Google has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Government to help the nation’s public sector agencies leverage Google Cloud services.

The agreement will see UK public sector bodies receive a discount depending on cloud demand and expected spend.

Google revealed it has been in discussions this year with CCS, the UK Cabinet Office executive agency and trading fund, regarding requirements for cloud services under the One Government Cloud Strategy, a joint initiative between Cabinet Office, CCS and Government Digital Service to open up the cloud services market to more suppliers to provide the best value for agencies.

Public sector organisations, including government departments, local councils, arm’s length bodies, NHS bodies, public-funded broadcasters, and charities will take advantage of Google Cloud services such as infrastructure, analytics, artificial intelligence, application modernization and development, and collaboration solutions.

The MoU also mentions the possibility of public sector bodies leveraging Anthos, Google’s hybrid and multi-cloud management tool powered by Kubernetes, to manage workflows across multiple clouds and on-premise.

It is thought the UK government sees Anthos as critical to its digital transformation strategy as it means bodies won’t be locked into a single cloud vendor, which can often prove costly down the line.

“CCS provides commercial agreements which help organisations across the entire public sector save time and money on buying everyday goods and services,” said Simon Tse, Chief Executive, CCS. “This MoU with Google Cloud unlocks large-scale business benefits for our customers, and demonstrates CCS’s role in helping the public sector serve UK citizens in more innovative ways.”

Google Cloud and CCS will also focus on providing support for UK SMEs who partner with public sector agencies.

“This is a significant milestone for us, as we see the results of our focused investment in cloud services and solutions primed and tailored for the public sector,” said Mark Palmer, Head of Public Sector EMEA, Google Cloud. “The UK public sector is a major focus for Google Cloud, and this is an opportunity to further support Her Majesty’s government in their digital transformation.”

Written by Wed 3 Jun 2020


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