Subscribe to the feed

In March 2011, when the UK government first published its Government Cloud Strategy document, it became clear that cloud had emerged from the sidelines and made it into the mainstream.


Over the last few years, the UK government has made efforts to put technology innovation at the heart of public sector, whether through its Digital By Default campaign or modernizing public sector IT infrastructure through the G-Cloud initiative. The latter won’t be an easy task as, unlike most enterprise infrastructure, the public sector is not a monolithic entity – it is composed of myriads of different departments and organizations that keep the UK’s pulse ticking. Its infrastructure has grown over decades to meet the technology needs of its users, morphing into a multi-headed hydra constantly demanding service. It is costly to run, not to mention inflexible. However with the G-Cloud program, the UK government is moving in the right direction and has found the weapon that can help to tame this beast. Cloud-based technologies can help the government achieve large, cross-department economies of scale with systems that are more flexible and, most importantly, more cost-effective.


We believe that the key to the success of this G-Cloud program is selecting the right kind of cloud architecture. This decision will have impact on everything for decades to come. The choice will determine government IT systems’ flexibility and economics for the next decade.


Red Hat is a proponent of an open approach to cloud computing. Open source and open clouds are the keys to delivering exceptional value and provide effective service in today's fast-changing, connected, social and mobile world. With an open cloud, individual government departments can be in control and can bring the benefits of cloud to the broadest range of their IT resources; including physical, virtual and choice of public clouds.


An open cloud approach also offers true interoperability by allowing departments and organizations to build on existing components and to use best-of-breed tools for cloud enablement. Unlike proprietary offerings, the goal is not to lock-in a user to a particular technology but to provision functionality and capacity where required.


Red Hat already works with UK government bodies such as Transport for London (TfL), which has consolidated its infrastructure with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and achieved operational savings of up to 80 percent over its previous proprietary-based software infrastructure deployments. In addition to this, these customers are also experiencing improved security, true open standards and innovation in service delivery and staff development.


The G-Cloud initiative is an important step in truly unlocking the UK Government from the chains of proprietary vendor lock-in with the potential to not only save the tax payer from long-term contractual obligations, but also encourage innovation in an area that often struggles to demonstrate value for money.


Über den Autor

Nach Thema durchsuchen

automation icon

Automatisierung

Das Neueste zum Thema IT-Automatisierung für Technologien, Teams und Umgebungen

AI icon

Künstliche Intelligenz

Erfahren Sie das Neueste von den Plattformen, die es Kunden ermöglichen, KI-Workloads beliebig auszuführen

open hybrid cloud icon

Open Hybrid Cloud

Erfahren Sie, wie wir eine flexiblere Zukunft mit Hybrid Clouds schaffen.

security icon

Sicherheit

Erfahren Sie, wie wir Risiken in verschiedenen Umgebungen und Technologien reduzieren

edge icon

Edge Computing

Erfahren Sie das Neueste von den Plattformen, die die Operations am Edge vereinfachen

Infrastructure icon

Infrastruktur

Erfahren Sie das Neueste von der weltweit führenden Linux-Plattform für Unternehmen

application development icon

Anwendungen

Entdecken Sie unsere Lösungen für komplexe Anwendungsherausforderungen

Original series icon

Original Shows

Interessantes von den Experten, die die Technologien in Unternehmen mitgestalten