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iomartcloud Secures £100,000 Contract with Government Digital Service


iomartcloud, iomart Group's business critical hosted cloud services brand, has won a £100,000 year-long contract from the Government Digital Service (GDS) to provide cloud services for the GOV.UK government services web portal.

iomartcloud, in partnership with traditional IT supplier Viglen, was given the contract following an award placed under the government's G-Cloud framework.

iomartcloud will be providing virtual machines, EMC VMAX storage and backup which GDS will be able to manage via VMware vCloud Director, which allows elastic compute provision while maintaining security and control.

Angus MacSween, CEO of iomart Group plc, said: "I am delighted that iomartcloud has been selected as one of the main suppliers for GOV.UK. This is our first major contract win under the G Cloud framework and underlines our ability to provide the scalable and flexible infrastructure to support the most complex public sector projects. It also shows that G-Cloud is opening up the opportunity for a wider group of cloud services providers to successfully compete for government contracts."

Michael Ruddick, Head of Channel EMEA for iomartcloud, added: "The contract with the Government Digital Service also underlines the shift that's taking place towards cloud service providers working to provide more efficient and cost-effective solutions to the public as well as the private sector."

GOV.UK is the single domain for government services that went live in October 2012. It averages over nine million weekly visits. The website won the prestigious "Design of the Year" award this year and was described by Prime Minister David Cameron as an example of "world class design talent" which enhanced "the modern relationship between the public and government."

The G-Cloud Framework makes it easier for government departments and the wider public sector to buy cloud based services from a list of suppliers including SMEs through an online marketplace called Cloudstore. All of the products and companies are listed side by side creating a level playing field and opening up more opportunities for suppliers to compete on like-for-like terms.

iomartcloud and Viglen have joint presence on the G-Cloud 4 Framework and offer a wide range of cloud based services for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS); Platform as a Service (PaaS); and Software as a Service (SaaS).

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