CloudStore to be replaced

The Government Digital Service (GDS) plans to replace CloudStore – the electronic marketplace which allows government and wider public sector organisations to buy cloud-based services – with a new portal that has greater capacity and new features.

By Suzannah.Brecknell

10 Feb 2014

A tender notice published last month says that “the current version of CloudStore is insufficiently robust to accommodate GDS’s future roll-out plans that would lead to increased traffic and usage.”

The CloudStore “has to cope with a growing volume of data beyond initial predictions; it is nearing capacity and design limits,” says the tender.

The revamp will broaden the number of features available on the marketplace, and will allow the G Cloud team to include other frameworks on the site. The new site has been provisionally called Government Digital Marketplace

Last month a group of suppliers raised concerns about the CloudStore in an open letter to G-Cloud leader Tony Singleton. A recent Civil Service World round table also highlighted CloudStore’s shortcomings: attendees noted that information on the site is not always clear, and explained that their procurement colleagues are not always confident about how to use CloudStore.

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