The new CloudStore is our response to all the feedback we’ve received over the past few months, with the overwhelming message from both buyers and suppliers that we needed a radical rethink of the CloudStore to improve the usability and to make it much more intuitive. We think this will make it even easier for the whole of the UK public sector to buy cloud computing commodity and support services, we hope you like it, so tell us what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org
The CloudStore contains all the services currently on the G-Cloud frameworks. You can buy any of these services straight-away as long as you follow the buying process as set out in Schedule 3 of the Framework Agreement, and in the Customer Zone of this website. With the commencement of the third procurement iteration – G-Cloud iii, the CloudStore now offers more than 800 suppliers and more than 7,000 services across all types of cloud service models, including Public, Private and Hybrid. Services are still offered under four Lots: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); Platform as a Service (PaaS); Software as a Service (SaaS); and Specialist Cloud Services (SCS) – so whatever your needs, we’re likely to have something to offer.
We used the agile approach for the development and design of the new CloudStore, and involved lots of buyers and suppliers in the process, so we hope that we’ve included most of the new features that you were asking for. These include:
- a new more powerful search
- an ability to create an account to enable you to save and export search results to a spreadsheet file
- easier browsing through each of the four service Lots and their sub-categories
- a set of filters based on the key features of each service, to help you to find the services that best meet your needs
We want to continue to improve the CloudStore to meet the needs of all users and we plan to add more features and improved guidance to our website and the new CloudStore over the coming weeks, so please tell us what you would like to see and we’ll listen. For further assistance on using the new CloudStore or to provide any feedback and suggestions, please send an email to one of the team at email@example.com
Our top FAQ’s
We have regular questions on the use of G-Cloud and CloudStore, we’ve included the top few here.
Do I have run my own OJEU?
No. We’ve already run our own open procurement for each of the G-Cloud frameworks, so you don’t have to.
Do I have to run a mini-competition?
No. As above.
Are there any hidden costs of this process, if so where did you hide them?
No. There is no cost to use the CloudStore or G-Cloud Framework and all the supplier costs should be set out transparently in their service description.
Do I have to use G-Cloud / CloudStore?
Since the introduction of the Public Cloud First policy, your first port of call for all your IT needs should be the CloudStore. Central government departments have a target to achieve 50% of new IT spend on Cloud and 25% use of SME’s by value, by 2015. G-Cloud is the only framework dedicated to Cloud services, and with approximately 75% of suppliers categorised as SMEs, this is a quick and easy route to buy what you want, when you need it.
Can I just buy what I want?
Yes and no. You must search the CloudStore for services that best meet your minimum requirements. You can buy the service that best meets these needs at the best price within your available budget. To use G-Cloud you must use the process as outlined in our Customer Zone and in Schedule 3 of the Framework Agreement.
How do I contract?
You contract directly with the supplier, using the call off agreement and order form as provided in the documentation set. Even though all services are accessible through the CloudStore, G-Cloud ii and G-Cloud iii are separate GPS frameworks and each has a slightly different Framework Agreement – so make sure you use the correct version. You can find the official framework pages and documentation on the GPS website at the links below:
G-Cloud ii Framework RM1557 ii http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/contracts/rm1557ii
G-Cloud iii Framework RM1557 iii http://gps.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/contracts/rm1557iii
You can find a summary of the changes between each framework in a previous article we posted here