The government is looking to implement a Public Cloud First policy across departments. The G-Cloud has recently celebrated its first anniversary, and at the Business Cloud Summit in London last December, Denise McDonagh, the G-Cloud Programme director, called for a Cloud First mandate. Government CTO, Liam Maxwell, was less enthusiastic, but a policy document is currently with Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, and is likely to be adopted. The rule would only apply to central government departments and agencies.
McDonagh told BusinessCloud9: “There is a general acceptance that we should be doing a Public Cloud First policy. There is a paper on Public Cloud First policy, which is with Francis Maude and will go to one of the next Cabinet committees to endorse. We can set a clear policy statement saying that you should look at Cloud. We’re not saying that everything the government ever does will be done through the G-Cloud. It may be done through a private Cloud or done on premise. But in order to move government more towards commodity buying, a policy such as Public Cloud First is an essential tool to make that happen.”
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