HM Revenue and Customs has signed a contract with cloud service provider Skyscape - making them the first major government department to deploy the G-Cloud.
Costing within the region of £230,000, the transition from local storage to cloud storage is set to take place this autumn - with completion of the move expected to be around early spring 2013.
CIO of HMRC, Phil Pavitt, stated: "This change will save over £1m a year in running costs and will increase reliability and security of HMRC's internal IT services. The Skyscape contract is a major step for HMRC in moving away from traditional ways of working with large service providers."
This marks a monumental move for HMRC, making the contract a first for G-Cloud services to be employed over the PSN (the public sector's network of networks). Numerous government departments have already invested quite heavily through the CloudStore, along with the Government Digital Service also choosing Skyscape as an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) supplier through the G-Cloud.
The new deal will see Skyscape provide cloud hosting ultimately to support gov.uk - the GDS' initiative to develop a single gateway for users to access government information and services.
"Whilst the gov.uk contract is the largest we have let so far, it is one of an increasing number we are letting through G-Cloud, which is now our standard way of procuring infrastructure services," explained Mark O'Neill, head of innovation and delivery at GDS.
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