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Government adopts 'cloud first' model for IT procurement
The government has confirmed that public sector IT buyers will be required to consider cloud solutions before all other options.
In a statement from the Cabinet Office, it was revealed that the 'cloud first' approach will become mandatory for central government when procuring new or existing IT services and "strongly recommended" to the wider public sector.
However, departments will still be able to choose alternatives to the cloud if they can be proven to offer better value for money.
Francis Maude said the policy is designed to "accelerate the adoption of cloud [computing] across the public sector to maximise its benefits".
He added: "The cloud first policy will embed the skills a modern civil service needs to meet the demands of 21st century digital government and help us get ahead in the global race."
The government has also announced that its third G-Cloud supplier framework is now live, featuring more than 700 companies. It said more than 80 per cent of these are small and medium-sized businesses.
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