UKFast Joins Exclusive NHS Cloud Solutions Framework
Article date: Wed, 22 Jan 2020 11:48 GMT
Cloud hosting firm UKFast has been selected as a supplier on the new NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) Cloud Solutions Framework.
The framework provides the UK health service with a toolset to procure trusted, compliant and cost-effective cloud solutions; and aims to encourage innovation by enabling access to a greater range of cloud technology, from bespoke solutions to off-the-shelf services and comprehensive support.
In comparison to other frameworks of its kind, the NHS SBS has a restricted supplier base, with just 24 carefully selected cloud providers making the cut, ensuring the highest standard of service provision.
Steve Jewell, UKFast’s Head of Public Sector, said: “We are delighted to be one of the selected suppliers on this unique portal. Through this partnership, we are working collaboratively to assist NHS Trusts to develop a deeper knowledge and understanding of cloud solutions and how cloud hosting can revolutionise their services, aiding digital transformation.
“There’s been significant demand to be connected to HSCN through our data centres, and joining the SBS Cloud Solutions Framework opens that opportunity to still more healthcare service providers and NHS Trusts.
“It’s incredibly important that we remove the barriers to procuring high-quality cloud services, and this framework offers peace of mind to organisations looking to deliver more efficient and connected solutions.”
Valued at up to £500m and available until September 2021 (with the option of a two-year extension), the framework is divided into four lots, designed to support not only health but all public sector organisations in their transformation from legacy infrastructure to what is recognised as more secure and flexible off-premise cloud solutions.
Lot 1 is solution design and consultancy; Lot 2 is infrastructure-as-a-service, platform-as-a-service and software-as-a-service; Lot 3 is cloud support services and Lot 4 is end-to-end cloud solutions.
Phil Davies, Procurement Director at the NHS SBS said: “To ensure framework users have access to the very best cloud services at the most competitive price, we carried out a rigorous tender process and limited the number of suppliers on the framework to the 10 or 20 most outstanding in each Lot.
“The result is a specialist pool of 24 leading suppliers, which provide the greatest expertise and value-for-money to the public sector.”
Organisations can directly award contracts to an approved supplier for a quicker service delivery or create tender competitions to source a supplier to best suits their needs.
The framework is now live and aims to drive digital transformation by simplifying the procurement process and supporting the NHS and other public sector organisations on their cloud journey.
Find out more about UKFast’s cloud hosting solutions for healthcare.
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