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Government Opens CloudStore for Businesses

Over 250 IT as well as communications suppliers have been appointed by Cabinet Office for selling government wires to the public sector companies via CloudStore.

This is the first time when government's £60m G-Cloud framework has been used for providing almost 1,700 "pay as you go" ICT services via an e-marketplace. This marketplace is divided into four lots, which are PaaS, IaaS, SaaS and specialist cloud services.

The list of supplier firms selected via tender process has been declared and it includes service-based sellers like SCC, 2e2, Computacenter, Kelway, Trustmarque and few small specialist firms.

According to Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, use of the online catalogue of services, CloudStore will be making the procurement "quicker, easier, cheaper and more transparent for the public sector and suppliers alike".

If Treasury estimates are to be believed then G-Cloud can wipe £3.2 billion from the government's £16 billion IT slush fund every year. This will ultimately help to achieve Chancellor George Osborne's 20 percent spend cut target.

The government ministry also declared that those suppliers who are not part of G-Cloud can reapply for accreditation during spring.