UK government gives Cloud Sherpas G-Cloud IV approval

The UK government has selected cloud advisory and technology service Cloud Sherpas for its G-Cloud IV initiative.

The government initiative was founded three years ago as part of its ICT strategy, with Cloud Sherpas brought in to help public sector agencies transition to cloud-based business software.

"Cloud Sherpas is very excited to have achieved this prestigious recognition and to expand our relationships with UK government agencies," said Colin Robinson, VP Consulting at Cloud Sherpas.

A G-Cloud blogpost from October revealed that the G-Cloud Store had processed over £50 million in sales in a single month, generated by over 13,000 services from 1,183 suppliers.

Cloud Sherpas will be able to capitalise on this through its new specialist status and has already expressed its intent to double the number of full-time UK employees from 70 to 140 in the next 12 months.

The Atlanta-based company is one of the world's leading cloud services brokerages, employing 700 people worldwide and serving thousands of businesses around the globe. On its site Cloud Sherpas claims to have carried out "over 5,000 successful cloud implementations".

"There is a growing realisation that cloud technologies can be leveraged effectively by government," said Robinson. "Our experience with government agencies already in UK, Australia, and the US has demonstrated how these technologies can be rapidly deployed.

"Participation within the G-cloud iv framework will make it simpler for government agencies to work with Cloud Sherpas."