UKCloud Signs Agreement with Crown Commercial Service
London-based UKCloud signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Crown Commercial Service to continue to deliver multi-cloud services to public sector organizations in the United Kingdom. The MOU will ensure that public sector organizations continue to have the benefit of choice and options of multi-cloud platforms alongside the more proprietary options available from the global cloud providers, the company stated in a release. The agreement also signals renewed support for the government’s Crown Campus, a secure datacenter operated as a joint venture between Ark Data Centers and the U.K. government. UKCloud's operations within the Crown Campus enables the compnay to offer native connectivity to secure government networks and options for the delivery of multi-cloud services at higher classification levels. As part of this agreement, Crown Commercial Service has negotiated double-digit discounts related to UKCloud’s unique Tier 2 cloud hosting capability, branded UKCloudX, the company reported.
According to the company, UKCloud began supporting the U.K. government’s cloud first policy since the launch of the first G-Cloud framework and was invited to be part of their One Government Cloud Strategy review, which examined the experience of supporting hundreds of digital transformation projects across the U.K. public sector.
"This agreement with UKCloud builds on the government’s Cloud First policy and incorporates key elements of the recent One Government Cloud Strategy," said Gareth Rhys Williams, the U.K. government’s chief commercial officer. "It shows the government’s determination to adopt value for money technologies which improve services and ensure government departments and their staff have the digital tools they need, now and in the future."
The company's Chief Executive, Simon Tse said, "CCS provides commercial agreements which help organizations across the entire public sector save time and money on buying everyday goods and services. This agreement with UKCloud provides value for public sector organizations as they work to transform essential services for UK citizens."