Why Cloud Compute 2 is perfect for G-Cloud suppliers
With G-Cloud 13 applications now finished, some relevant suppliers should be considering the Cloud Compute 2 framework.
The RM6292 Cloud Compute 2 framework is expected to open its doors for applications in Summer 2022. Now that G-Cloud 13 applications have closed, and we’re eagerly waiting for the framework to go Live, this route to market could be something worth considering.
Cloud Compute was created by Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to compliment G-Cloud. As a way of public sector buyers procuring cloud cloud services. Plainly, Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service solutions.
Now that the 2nd iteration approaches, CCS have done some tweaking. This means making the framework more usable for SMEs and smaller suppliers, rather than the large-company-heavy predecessor.
What are the differences between Cloud Compute 2 and G-Cloud 13?
On the surface there’s a lot of crossover between the two frameworks. G-Cloud provides a route to market for suppliers of Cloud Hosting, Cloud Software and Cloud Support. However, Cloud Compute 2 focuses largely on the Cloud Hosting aspect of services. Where the Cloud Hosting Lot within G-Cloud provides a catalogue of off-the-shelf services, Cloud Compute 2 provides a way for buyers to procure directly from Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).
Cloud Compute 2 will mainly offer IaaS, PaaS and value added services around these. This framework will not be off-the-shelf and involve further competition.
I applied for G-Cloud 13, should I apply for Cloud Compute 2?
It depends. Cloud Compute 2 is NOT for software solutions, so if you’re on (or applied for) Cloud Software on G-Cloud, this one isn’t for you. However, a lot of suppliers who applied for Cloud Hosting may be suitable – especially if you can deliver what’s in scope mentioned above.
Similarly, there may be some opportunity for those who applied for Cloud Support. A big however though, is that support and professional services have to relate to Hosting, IaaS and PaaS.
What should I do now?
Cloud Compute 2 is scheduled to open for applications in August 2022. So, if you’d like to know more make sure you do a bit of research to make sure your company can provide what this framework is for. The best way to do this is by reading up on our blog here or on CCS’ own website.
Also, frameworks such as Cloud Compute 2 are competitive and having a strong application is essential to get accepted. Aspects such as social value and carbon reduction plans are becoming mandatory, so make sure you’ve got everything in order to get applying.
If you’re still unsure on if you’re eligible or want to know how we can support you with the competitive application process, get in touch.