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Six Degrees latest to secure G-Cloud 4 placing

Alex Scroxton

MSP Six Degrees Group has been sharing details of its inclusion on the latest iteration of the UK government’s cloud computing procurement framework, G-Cloud 4.

Companies selected for the new phase of the programme – which went live last week, adding a number of front-end usability enhancements – include InTechnology and Outsourcery, among others.

Six Degrees will have access to 30,000 public sector organisations as a result of its inclusion on Lot 1, Infrastructure-as-a-Service; Lot 3, Software-as-a-Service; and Lot 4, Specialist Cloud Services.

The firm has already deployed a number of major projects, including HPA, on previous iterations of the scheme.

Mike Ing, Six Degrees group lines of business director said: “We have already deployed an IL2 certified platform to provide secure cloud hosting to over 30 local authorities, and we see G-Cloud 4 as a key strategic route to market.

“We run our cloud platforms in our own datacentres, controlling security from gate-to-rack, in UK-based facilities. The security and sovereignty of data is essential for the public sector, especially with more stringent CESG regulations looming in 2014, so it is crucial that G-Cloud 4 helps them to find the appropriate cloud services from top class providers.” 

“The fact that we fully control our data centres and are committed to storing data in the UK, means that we appeal strongly to this sector, where sovereignty and security of data is key.  We fully expect that G-Cloud 4, like the previous frameworks, will continue to empower the public sector to shape the way IT is procured and purchased, making it work for them.”

Ing added that in response to the government’s goal of sending 25% of central spending through SMEs by 2015, Six Degrees had taken the decision to present its professional consultancy services offering as an enhancement to its existing Cloud Store portfolio.

“We are ideally placed to assist SMEs selling into the public sector and can now offer our Specialist Cloud Services in addition to our SaaS and IaaS products,” he said.


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