Plans for GCloud 11 announced

The eleventh version of the G-Cloud framework is set to be awarded in July this year.

The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) said that number 11 would run for a year with an option to extend it for another year.

“The G-Cloud 11 agreement will allow UK public sector bodies to choose and purchase cloud computing services covering infrastructure, platform, software and specialist cloud services. The framework is for commodity-based, pay-as-you-go cloud services across three lots”, CCS said.

Details of the next iteration of the G-Cloud framework are due to be published next week, with a bidding process scheduled to kick off in April.

G-Cloud 10 launched in July last year after CCS scrapped an extension to G-Cloud 9 following a supplier backlash.

G-Cloud has facilitated sales of over £4 billion (up to 31 December 2018), with £1.2 billion of these sales coming in 2018.

A total of 3,505 suppliers won a place on G-Cloud 10 – including 649 who appear on a G-Cloud framework for the first time. The cloud hosting lot contains 614 companies – some 287 of which also feature on both the other two lots. More than nine in 10 firms on the framework are SMEs, according to the government.

Figures from the Crown Commercial Service show that G-Cloud 10 has generated much smaller sales than its predecessors, with just £91.2 million spent via the contract up to the start of 2019. This compares with £771 million that was spent via G-Cloud 9 – which overlapped with its successor for several months, having run for an extended 16-month period from May 2017 to September 2018.

A cumulative total of more than £4 billion has been spent via G-Cloud across its 10 iterations, including £912.4 million during the first three quarters of the 2018/19 year so far. The 2017/18 year marked the first time that annual revenue topped the £1bn mark, reaching £1.07bn – a figure that is set to be comfortably exceeded this time around.

Last year also saw CDW complete the most substantial ever G-Cloud deal – a £25.7 million contract with the Department of Education.

Capgemini was the largest G-Cloud supplier overall in 2018, raking in over £50 million in sales.