By Daniel Hunter

The Government Procurement Service (GPS) has asked IT provider Softcat to join its brand new G-Cloud services framework.

Government procurers are being asked to find bigger and more creative savings within their budgets. After evaluating hundreds of bidders, GPS selected the Marlow-based company, among others, to supply ‘infrastructure as a service’ (IaaS), the backbone or foundation to other cloud services for the public sector in the UK. Softcat’s service offering will include the provision of raw computing power, block storage and networking capability.

“This is the culmination of many years of hard effort. We have invested in our very own multi-million pound network operations centre (NOC) in Marlow, with data centre infrastructure in London and Manchester, and have won a string of awards establishing us as a ‘partner of choice’ within cloud computing. We now look to the future for public sector IT procurement in the UK," Andy Bruen, Softcat’s public sector frameworks manager, said.

Simon Walker, Softcat’s managed services director, added, “We are delighted to have our cloud platform validated by inclusion in the G-Cloud Framework, and excited by this opportunity to assist public sector organisations in reducing cost and gaining access to a more flexible IT architecture. As an HP Cloud Centre of Excellence and Microsoft Cloud Champion, as well as recently being named VMware Partner of the Year, we are ideally placed to support our customers in their journey to the cloud.”

Over the course of 2011 and 2012, Softcat has won VMware’s Partner of the Year, EMC’s Growth Partner of the Year, Dell’s UK and EMEA Partner of the Year, and Symantec Partner of the Year. It is one of just a handful of UK suppliers accredited by HP as a strategic ‘Cloud Centre of Excellence’, and recently received ‘Cloud Champion’ certification from Microsoft. In late 2011, Softcat became the first reseller to retain the Reseller of the Year award at the CRN Channel Awards in two consecutive years.

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