Scottish provider iomart Group PLC
(iomart) has won approval to provide services through the recently introduced ‘Scottish Government Cloud Services Framework’. iomart, which has headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland, specializes in offering secure cloud hosting and managed security to the United Kingdom’s Public Sector. Established in 1998, the company offers a broad range of ISO-accredited data center services through eight UK-based data centers. The company has partnered with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft’s Azure and its services include colocation, private clouds, hybrid clouds, and domain registration. The company’s latest news mirrors earlier this year when iomart won G-Cloud 11 approval.
Although part of the United Kingdom, limited devolution gave Scotland its own government with the power to manage Scottish affairs. Like G-Cloud (which applies to the whole of the United Kingdom), the Scottish Cloud Services Framework offers Scottish government entities guidance on how to benefit from the cloud and cloud-related services. Again like G-Cloud, it provides access to pre-approved Scottish suppliers able to provide the quality of services government bodies need. The framework replaced the previous ‘Hosting Services Framework’ which expired in May this year. By being a part of the framework iomart is in a position to benefit from public contracts awarded by the Scottish government. These include contracts for public cloud, private cloud, colocation, hybrid cloud, ‘community cloud’ and cloud transition services.
"Moving to the cloud is not straightforward,” explained iomart’s UK Sales Director Declan Sharpe. “It's a process that involves reviewing your current IT environment, understanding what can and can't be moved, and assessing the potential costs, the security implications and future performance. That's why iomart offers help from the strategy stage right through to implementation and ongoing management, to help public sector organisations make the move with confidence."Do you know of any other companies joining government initiatives? Let us know the details. Add your comments below.