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Amazon & Salesforce Will Join G-Cloud Project

Apparently, both Amazon and Salesforce will be involved in the UK government's G-Cloud project - after the two companies were noticeably absent from the initial list of supporters.

G-Cloud is the framework intended to provide civil servants with hosted computing and storage, and is billed as a fundamental change in the way that public sector IT operates. This will bring in benefits in terms of the flexibility, and cost effectiveness, which the cloud boasts.

Amazon and Salesforce had passed on G-Cloud 1.0, following concerns over legal obligations. Discussions have now been held, where it seems that both major cloud-players will sign up.

G-Cloud leader Denise McDonagh confirmed this during a UKAuthority.com webcast. She said: "I fully expect them to be on G-Cloud 2."

As to why they didn't sign up for version 1.0: "There were some challenges. There was some language that gave their legal people a headache on the right to audit data. Since then we have spoken to the people at Amazon and Salesforce to explain the practicalities... Therefore they are much more at ease with what we are asking them to do."

G-Cloud 2.0 is expected to kick off next month, although there's a chance that date could slip.

McDonagh has only just been named as the new head of the G-cloud project, taking over from Chris Chant, who is retiring.

She said in a blog post: "I would like to put on record my view that Chris has done an amazing job getting the G-Cloud programme off the ground, raising its profile (and then keeping it raised) and ensuring widespread participation."

Source: The Register