Google Cloud and CCS enter MoU for UK cloud innovation
Google Cloud has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UK Crown Commercial Service (CCS).
The goal of the MoU is to make it easier and more affordable for UK public sector agencies to use the full range of Google Cloud’s services to increase innovation and deliver digital transformation.
The collaboration started in 2019, when the CCS contact Google Cloud to discuss the requirements for cloud services under the One Government Cloud Strategy, a joint initiative between the Cabinet Office, CCS and Government Digital Service.
The CCS aims to open up the cloud services market to more suppliers to provide the best value and terms for public sector agencies investing in cloud technology.
Through this collaboration, CCS and Google Cloud have agreed a discount for qualifying public sector bodies based on aggregated cloud service demand and expected spend.
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“CCS provides commercial agreements which help organisations across the entire public sector save time and money on buying everyday goods and services,” said Simon Tse, chief executive of CCS.
“This MoU with Google Cloud unlocks large-scale business benefits for our customers and demonstrates CCS’s role in helping the public sector serve UK citizens in more innovative ways.”
This project will allow organisations to take full advantage of a range of technologies across Google Cloud, including infrastructure, analytics, artificial intelligence, application modernisation and development, as well as collaboration solutions.
UK public sector agencies will also gain access to Google Cloud’s managed and serverless offerings, including its comprehensive hybrid and multi-cloud solution, Anthos, to manage workflows across multiple clouds and on-premise.
“This is a significant milestone for us, as we see the results of our focused investment in cloud services and solutions primed and tailored for the public sector,” said Mark Palmer, head of public sector EMEA, Google Cloud.
“The UK public sector is a major focus for Google Cloud, and this is an opportunity to further support Her Majesty’s government in their digital transformation.”
Additionally, Google Cloud and CCS will also focus on providing support for UK SMEs who partner with public sector agencies.
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