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Deputy Director Of UK G-Cloud Project Steps Down

The deputy director of the UK government's G-Cloud IT project, Andy Tait, has quit to join virtualisation services provider VMware.

His departure comes as the government is making efforts to develop a network of cloud computing based IT services that will aid public sector organisations. Tait will be joining VMware as the head of UK public service strategy.

Tait, who was a key figure in the G-Cloud initiative since it was announced by the government in 2009, was responsible for the applications store and data centre consolidation.

“The government is progressing work on cloud computing. The Foundation Delivery Partners are forging ahead and we fully expect to deliver the actions related to cloud computing in the ICT strategy,” a Cabinet Office spokesperson said in a statement.

“We are very grateful to Andy for the work he did during his year's secondment to the team. We will announce who will take this work forward in due course,” the spokesperson added.

The government is yet to give any details about a new deputy director for the G-Cloud initiative, which not only aims to create a government wide cloud infrastructure but also rationalise the 8,000 tier one data centres that the government has.