Since its launch in 2012, over £900m worth of sales have taken place via the G-Cloud platform. The G-Cloud program was setup as an agreement between the government and suppliers who offer cloud-based facilities. This was done so that essential resources including the processing of high end applications and storage could be delivered via cloud. So far, both customer and supplier have found it to be an extremely useful tool. Here we explain the benefits of G-Cloud Certification and the difference that it makes.
The four main services that the G-Cloud framework offers are:
- Infrastructure As A Service
All software works on an infrastructure of hardware. Infrastructure is comprised of the networks, servers and hosting facilities that all platforms and software depend on. Infrastructure as a service is sometimes referred to as IaaS. It is infrastructure that can be ordered and operated via the Internet, eliminating the costs of purchasing and maintaining your own hardware.
- Platform As A Service
Platform as a service technologies, often referred to as PaaS, are software platforms which offer users a plane for building applications and services. PaaS affords users the ability to set up, order, purchase and manage platforms that are in the cloud.
- Software As A Service
Software as a service, which is regularly called SaaS, referrers to the application that can be managed over the Internet or via use of the cloud. SaaS includes tools such as customer relationship management, or CRM software, web-based email services and analytics tools.
- Specialist Cloud Services
Specialist Cloud Services, frequently called SCS, aids in users’ conversion about IaaS, PaaS and SaaS. Specialist cloud services include the transfer of data between providers, a cloud strategy, or day-to-day support of cloud-based services.
There are a range of benefits available to both vendors and customers alike. As a vendor, G-Cloud certification can enhance your business in a multitude of different ways. Having certified professionals working on your behalf will give your business credibility in the eyes of your existing clients as well as potential ones. This is because it will show them that you have met the required standard of G-Cloud framework and that you comply with government regulations. Moreover, as you save on costs, a G-Cloud certification allows you to extend those financial savings to your clients, reducing their costs too.
G-Cloud supports framework agreements with multiple service providers and those services are listed on the Digital Marketplace, which is accessible to the public. This means that companies within the public sector can reach all of the services on the Digital Marketplace list without going through full tender processes.
Why Consider G-Cloud?
To organisations within the public sector, the G-Cloud framework offers rapid and simple access to a catalogue of certified suppliers. These suppliers will have all been thoroughly evaluated. This will limit the time it takes customers to research and find the right vendors.
As members, Marathon can extend the benefits that we get from the G-Cloud framework to our clients. For more information on how we can help your business please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 020 8329 1000.