Cloud Direct joins G-Cloud 6, the UK government's 'digital marketplace'
By Catherine McFarland • 21 May 2015
The Crown Commercial Services (CSS) has awarded Cloud Direct, an On Direct Business Services Limited company, a place on G-Cloud 6, the UK government’s ‘digital marketplace’.
Cloud Direct can now supply Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for online server backup and online PC and Mac backup across the UK public sector. Organisations include central government, local government, health services, education services, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations.
Cloud Direct provides easy access to online backup, saving organisations time and money. In the last 11 years they’ve moved 4,000 organisations to the cloud - quickly, easily and securely. Customers include London & Continental Railways (LCR), who they migrated to the cloud at the same time as merging their technologies with the disbanded BRB (Residuary) Ltd, another government body.
Brett Raynes, CEO of Cloud Direct, said: “This is great news for us and a strong indicator of the increasing trust in cloud security. We’re also one of the first online backup companies to be awarded ISO 27001:2013 certification. It’s the latest global standard and benchmark for information security, so our customers can be confident in the robustness of our policies, processes and business continuity.
Through the agreement, Cloud Direct provides secure, automated and compliant online backup to public sector organisations that want to minimise the risk, complexity, cost and hassle of backing up their servers, PCs and laptops manually.
The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) acts on behalf of the Crown to drive savings for the taxpayer and improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity.
CCS’s vision is to deliver value for the nation through outstanding commercial capability and quality customer service. Its procurement arrangements can be used by central government departments and organisations across the public sector including local government, health, education, not-for-profit and devolved administrations. CCS’s aggregated commercial solutions provide significant savings for the taxpayer, helping to protect the delivery of front line services.
The Cloud Direct agreement with the CSS supports the Government’s policy to manage the procurement of common goods and services through one central, integrated commercial function at the heart of government.
With G-Cloud 6, the traditionally protracted process of government procurement has become straightforward, as supplier and product information is pre-collated and validated. Costly and time-intensive due diligence on potential service providers is a thing of the past. Instead, government bodies can buy cloud services off the shelf quickly and easily, safe in the knowledge that background checks have already been done.
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