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Dorset Council hits back at critics over CloudStore controversy

Dorset County Council has defended itself, following flak which was fired at the organisation because it failed to use the government’s CloudStore for services, instead opting to externally source ICT technical resources instead.

Cloud Pro reports that the council issued a tender for an ICT framework at the end of January, the value of which could be pitched at anything between £1 million and £100 million.

However large the amount, critics believe that much of this money should be going direct to the coffers of the government’s CloudStore, which could provide many of the necessary services.

The framework will span a diverse number of areas including application development, datacentre infrastructure, networking, business intelligence, web services and virtualised infrastructure. It’s initially set to run for a period of two years, beginning in May 2014, with the possibility of further extension of another two years, doubling it up.

Cloud Pro notes that Mark Craddock, former CloudStore CEO, led the charge of disparaging voices on Twitter, stating: “@UKCloudAwards I nominate Dorset County Council for the worse [sic] use of #CloudStore.”

The council was quick to defend its tender, however, and asserted its move was complementary to the CloudStore, with the council intending to use G-Cloud services where appropriate.

In a statement given to Cloud Pro, the council said: “The advice to the public sector from the Government Cloud Programme is that the CloudStore can only be used to secure skills and services directly related to cloud services.”

“The council needs to have a route to obtaining a wide variety of skills to support the range of upcoming projects and to anticipate future requirements which needs to inform the scope of this framework arrangement.”

The statement concluded: “Future project requirements will include a blend of on premise and cloud solutions. We see this procurement as complementary to the CloudStore and we will continue to use G-Cloud services as appropriate.”