Cloud Compute 2

Update

11/02/2022: Our supplier pre-market engagement workshop will take place on 2 March 2022 at 2:00pm.
 
Our customer pre-market engagement workshop will take place 2 March 2022 at 11:00am.

 

Summary

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.

Description

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 May 2023. It will run for 2 years with the option of 2 extensions. These extensions will be for up to 1 year each.

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. This may include the following from all capable providers:

  • value- added services
  • select professional services

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.

Benefits

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

Product types

More information on the lot structure and scope will be provided at a later date following market engagement.

Market engagement

Pre-market engagement with CSPs, resellers, partners and customers will start in December 2021.
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.

Important links

Prior Information Notice (PIN) Not available yet
Contract Notice in Find a Tender Service (FTS) Not available yet
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Timeline

Activity Estimated dates
Pre-market engagement by April 2022
Drafting of procurement documentation July 2022
Publication of FTS notice August 2022
Framework Award February 2023