Government CIO, Andy Nelson, has said that the government is considering creating a third framework to complement both the G-Cloud and G-Hosting frameworks in a bid to help the public sector move from legacy systems to modern platforms and drive cloud adoption.
The government launched the second iteration of its G-Cloud framework in May, which will run for 12 months and is worth £100 million. The first iteration saw some 257 suppliers sign up, offering approximately 1,700 cloud services to the public sector through the government's online portal, CloudStore.
Computerworld UK also revealed earlier this year that the government is planning a G-Hosting framework, which will be used where the G-Cloud does not suffice. G-Hosting will allow the public sector to place complex legacy systems into highly virtualised, shared environments within selected suppliers' data centres.
The launch of the G-Hosting framework was originally set for 30 May, the same day as the second iteration of the G-Cloud framework, but this has now been pushed back to July.
However, Nelson has now revealed that two frameworks under the 'G-' banner may not be enough and the government is now considering a third to help the public sector adopt more cloud services.
"If you think about it, on the one end we have got the CloudStore with simple cloud services, and then on the other end we have got very heavy lifting hosting with G-Hosting. But how do we as government move on a journey from one to the other?" said Nelson.
He added: "I think you will see government think through another hosting framework that we need that's a staging post, that will help government re-architect some of the legacy systems into more modern platforms."
"If this happens we then reach a point where we could use more standard cloud services further down the track. Now is the time to think through how we do that, so we might end up with three different frameworks. We would then have to guide buyers internally about which is right for them."
Nelson also expects the G-Hosting framework to save some government departments at least 30 percent on hosting.
"In percentage terms, I know that within the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) I am after at least 30 percent of savings through G-Hosting," he said.
"I don't have a figure in my head for all departments but it's that sort of scale of savings I'm after."
It was also revealed today that the government is planning to halve the number of security levels it uses internally from six to three in an attempt to simplify the accreditation process for suppliers looking to provide services to the public sector.