Cloud Compute 2
All public sector organisations will be able to fulfil their public cloud computing needs directly from cloud service providers and indirectly through resellers. This agreement may also include some specific professional services that provide customers with specific enabling work, short-term in nature, that leaves a customer in a more capable state than before.
Cloud Compute RM6292 (Cloud Compute 2) will be the second iteration of Cloud Compute RM6111 which is due to expire in 2023.
We expect this agreement to go live in August 2023. It will run for 3 years with the option of 1 extension. This extensions will be for up to 1 year.
While we acknowledge that the focus of Cloud Compute will remain on customers who prefer to contract with public cloud service providers (CSPs) directly, we anticipate that this agreement will consider a wider scope with the proposed lot structure:
- Lot 1 – Public Cloud IaaS and PaaS
- Lot 2 – Public Cloud Value-added Services
- Lot 3 – Professional Services (Public Cloud Support)
- Lot 4 – Secret Cloud (Secure Cloud+)
By using this agreement you will have the opportunity to access:
- competitive value for money
- a robust set of terms and conditions that meets central government commercial policy objectives
Cloud Compute 2 will mainly offer services that are related to:
- Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS)
- Infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS)
PaaS provides platform tools needed to create applications that will provide a service over the internet (as well as other things).
IaaS provides compute, storage, networking and other hardware capabilities. This means you are able to change the size of the services you need to suit any changes in demand at short notice.
For more information on PaaS and IaaS, read the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Definition of Cloud Computing.
Tools that will immediately support your service needs will also be available. For example, you can also access security configuration and compliance monitoring services.
We intend to build on the benefits of the earlier Cloud Compute agreement, including:
- terms and conditions which are designed for public cloud services to ensure:
- better protection and understanding
- that they meet central government commercial policy requirements
- terms and conditions that reduce the need for long negotiations
- direct award and further competition routes to market, which allow for savings in time and money
- flexibility in the services that suppliers may offer, making sure that the latest services are always available to customers
- initial call-off term of up to 3 years with two possible extensions of up to 12 months each
- reduces the need for customers to buy public cloud compute services every 2 years through G-Cloud
More information on the lot structure and scope will be provided at a later date following market engagement.
Pre-market engagement with CSPs, resellers, partners and customers will start in December 2021. As of July 2022, the Cloud Compute category team has engaged with hundreds of suppliers, across the supply chain through supplier webinars, one-to-one consultations and workshops.
These engagements will help to determine your needs around buying, consuming and implementing cloud compute services. It will also help us to define the scope of professional services within the agreement.
Check this page for updates on our plans for further engagement.
RM6292 Supplier and buyer frequently asked questions v1.1
|Prior Information Notice (PIN)||Not available yet|
|Contract Notice in Find a Tender Service (FTS)||Not available yet|
|Download tender documents||Not available yet|
|Pre-market engagement||by August 2022|
|Drafting of procurement documentation||August 2022|
|Publication of FTS notice||May 2023|
|Framework Award||November 2023|