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Monday, 23 June 2014 16:28

Leading Business Continuity Provider accepted as Government G-Cloud Supplier

Global business continuity expert Vocal has been accepted an accredited supplier on the G-Cloud Government Procurement portal. The acceptance means Vocal’s award-winning services are now available to government departments, devolved administrations, local authorities, wider public sector bodies and arm’s length bodies through the government’s CloudStore.

Vocal’s full suite of award-winning business continuity and incident management solutions will now be available to UK public sector bodies under the service classification SaaS (Software as a service) on a pay-as-you-go or yearly contract basis as part of the Government G-Cloud initiative.

G-Cloud, aka Government Cloud Computing, is an initiative targeted at easing the procurement of cloud based IT by public sector bodies with the aim of promoting cloud computing and making savings on technology government-wide.

Cloud services are "quicker, cheaper and more competitive", said Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude when launching G-Cloud in 2012 with the intention of shaving £120m a year off the public sector IT bill.

Trevor Wheatley-Perry, Vocal’s Managing Director commented: “Vocal has performed a key role in the public sector communications effort during major events such as the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, as well the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. We are delighted that public bodies across the UK will have simplified and direct access to our suite of solutions through the G-Cloud framework.”

To be accepted onto the government’s G-Cloud portal, Vocal has successfully undergone rigorous assurance checks, agreeing to government frameworks and definitions for each service provided.

Trevor finishes, “Because of the demands required to be accepted to G-Cloud, public sector department can procure services through the G-Cloud platform with assurance. We look forward to extending our public sector partnerships across the UK.”