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Large System Integrators Losing Their Hold on Government Contracts as G-Cloud Partners are Announced

February 19, 2012

LONDON, February 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Award-winning British cloud provider, Memset(R), [http://www.memset.com ] today
awarded a Framework Agreement for the provision of G-Cloud Services, says large system
integrators are starting to loose their hold on government contracts as the G-Cloud
partners are announced.

One of the visions of G-Cloud is for 25% of contracts to be awarded to SMEs. Memset
are delighted to see that the government appear to be trying to make good on their 25%
promise, with a significant amount of SMEs named in the approved list announced by the
cabinet office today.

Kate Craig-Wood [http://www.memset.com/about-us/team.php ], MD of Memset said:
“G-Cloud has the potential to be enormously disruptive. It heralds the breaking of large
systems integrators’ strangle-hold over government ICT. In my view as tax-paying
technology expert their consultancy-lead, bridge-building approach has historically
delivered remarkably poor value to government.”

By gaining the Framework Agreement for the provision of G-Cloud services Memset are
one step closer to helping the government recognise the enormous savings to be gained by
switching across to a pay-as-you-go type arrangement for infrastructure and/or software.
This is exemplified by Memset’s stated intent to offer their services at the same prices
that they normally charge customers (publicly available on their Web site), which at
present are the lowest in the UK for virtual machines and cloud storage.

The next step for the IaaS cloud provider [http://www.memset.com/cloud/compute ] is to
go through the CESG Pan Government Accreditor’s accreditation process. Following earlier
scoping meetings, Memset are confident that they will be able to host services and content
up to Impact Level 2; that requires ISO27001 with some extensions that Memset believe they
already have in place whereas IL1 is mainly based on just ISO27001.

As a very security-oriented company, Memset had already gone well-beyond the
requirements of ISO 27001, so gaining the G-Cloud framework agreement was less work than
what they usually have to put into just one tender for a local council project.

“Gaining our approved G-Cloud Framework Agreement is incredibly exciting for us. As
one of a new breed of government ICT supplier we sincerely intend to work with government
to delivery better quality, secure and environmentally friendly ICT services at vastly
lower prices than those to which they are accustomed.” concluded Craig-Wood.

        Nichola Stott


Source: PR Newswire