The RM6292 Cloud Compute 2 framework is now expected to open its doors for applications this month (May 2023). With a long enough break before G-Cloud 14 opens next January 2024, this route to market could be something worth considering.
Cloud Compute was created by Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to complement G-Cloud. It is a way for public sector buyers to procure cloud services. Plainly, Infrastructure as a Service and Platform as a Service solutions.
Now with the 2nd iteration approaching, CCS has made some tweaks. 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).
The framework will mainly offer IaaS, PaaS and value-added services around these. It will not be off-the-shelf and will 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 the scope mentioned above.
Similarly, there may be some opportunities 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?
The application window is expected to open this month (May 2023). 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.
Frameworks like this one are competitive, therefore it is essential you have a strong application. Aspects such as social value and carbon reduction plans are becoming mandatory, so make sure you’ve got everything ready to apply.
If you’re still unsure of whether you’re eligible, or you want to know how we can support you with the competitive application process, get in touch here.