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G-Cloud celebrates first birthday

The UK government is celebrating the first birthday of its G-Cloud project this week.

The project, which aims to enhance the uptake of cloud computing services in the country's public sector, is currently in the process of rolling out its third version.

G-Cloud is an online system that enables public sector entities to rent services from businesses as per their specific requirements. The service has been already much applauded for its efficiency in helping organisation to get rid of lengthy contracts. Some £4 million has been spent on G-Cloud services so far, with more than two-thirds of that figure going to small- and medium-sized businesses.

"In just 12 months, G-Cloud has shown itself to be a model for efficient public sector IT procurement, establishing a dynamic marketplace for cloud-based IT services," said Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude.

"We have simplified the procurement process through G-Cloud to make it more accessible to a wider range of companies, leading to more choice, better value for the taxpayer and growth for the economy," Maude added.

Meanwhile, G-Cloud's programme director Denise McDonagh said she is confident about G-Cloud's ability to continue serving as a game-changer in the way government purchases, delivers, manages and operates IT.