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Government sets up G Cloud board

The Guardian -  A G Cloud Delivery Board is to take the lead role in implementing the government's programme for cloud computing, while a G Cloud Authority will oversee the longer term take-up and assurance of commodity services.

The plan is outlined in the Government Cloud Strategy, one of the sub-documents of its broader ICT strategy, newly published by the Cabinet Office. It outlines a number of policies devised to support the goverment's plan to set up a G Cloud to provide services to public authorities and for half of Whitehall's new ICT spending to be in cloud services by 2015.

The delivery board will govern the programme, with responsibilities that include establishing and testing the standard service metrics for commodity services to be obtained through the G Cloud. These will cover performance, quality and price and be published in a comparable form. It will also set the timetable for delivering the Government Apps store - a collection of cloud based services - and data centre consolidation.