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G-Cloud to push cloud first strategy

CloudPro - The UK Government is set to introduce a ‘cloud first’ policy across all departments, forcing them to take on public cloud services wherever possible.

Speaking at a Q&A session co-hosted by Salesforce and attended by Cloud Pro, Denise McDonagh, Home Office IT director and head of the government’s G-Cloud initiative, said: “One of the things we are looking at is how to quicken the pace [of cloud uptake] and so ... there is a paper on public cloud first policy, which is with (Minister for the Cabinet Office) Francis Maude and will go to one of the next Cabinet committees to endorse.”

The paper, when implemented, will mandate central government departments to attempt to find a public cloud solution to their IT need. Failing that, they will have to seek a private cloud resolution or, as a last resort, a traditional IT implementation.

The policy will not be enforced through sanctions, McDonagh said, but during the capital expenditure control and scrutiny process.