While the majority of services launched under the G-Cloud 6 Framework on the Governments Digital Marketplace are described as cloud services, the truth is many fail to provide the flexibility and agility a ‘normal’ cloud solution provides. Which is where Smart421’s new Digital Enablement Services Catalogue (DESC) comes in.
The new Smart421 solution is an attempt to provide the flexibility an agility of cloud within the new G-Cloud guidelines. It offers a modular and granular range of digital components with no long-term lock-in, and gives public sector organisations the ability to specify and procure the components of a typical cloud stack, on a subscription basis with minimal commitment.
Additionally the DESC allows businesses to pick and combine solutions choose across the four different sections (Lots) on the Digital Marketplace (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, service management and consultancy modules) to create complex solutions that can be combined into a fully managed platform. For example a business can choose an underlying IaaS platform consisting of compute and storage resource, an operating system and combine that with a database and middleware components such as application servers and web servers.
DESC is built using open source SaaS components from vendors such as CA Technologies for management of Application Programme Interfaces (APIs) and ForgeRock for Identity and Access Management (IAM) and SaaS and PaaS components from Skyscape Cloud Services.
Commenting on the announcement Robin Meehan, Chief Technology Officer at Smart421 said, “Government departments are mandated to follow a “cloud first” policy. By making our Digital Enablement Services Catalogue available on the Digital Marketplace, we enable Government departments to procure from a set of entries that are clearly components of a full cloud stack, but can be bought individually. That may mean a single managed component, e.g. a database for a specific use or project, through to a full departmental critical solution. We build upon Skyscape as it is Pan Government Accredited (PGA) and complies with Government Security Classification Policy (GSCP) as standard.”