Sky is the limit for new G-Cloud provider Softcat
Marlow, UK, 21 February 2012 – The Government Procurement Service (GPS) has asked IT provider Softcat to join its brand new G-Cloud services framework.
Government procurers are being asked to find bigger and more creative savings within their budgets. After evaluating hundreds of bidders, GPS selected the Marlow-based company, among others, to supply ‘infrastructure as a service’ (IaaS), the backbone or foundation to other cloud services for the public sector in the UK. Softcat’s service offering will include the provision of raw computing power, block storage and networking capability.
Andy Bruen, Softcat’s public sector frameworks manager, stated, “This is the culmination of many years of hard effort. We have invested in our very own multi-million pound network operations centre (NOC) in Marlow, with data centre infrastructure in London and Manchester, and have won a string of awards establishing us as a ‘partner of choice’ within cloud computing. We now look to the future for public sector IT procurement in the UK.”
Simon Walker, Softcat’s managed services director, added, “We are delighted to have our cloud platform validated by inclusion in the G-Cloud Framework, and excited by this opportunity to assist public sector organisations in reducing cost and gaining access to a more flexible IT architecture. As an HP Cloud Centre of Excellence and Microsoft Cloud Champion, as well as recently being named VMware Partner of the Year, we are ideally placed to support our customers in their journey to the cloud.”
Over the course of 2011 and 2012, Softcat has won VMware’s Partner of the Year, EMC’s Growth Partner of the Year, Dell’s UK and EMEA Partner of the Year, and Symantec Partner of the Year. It is one of just a handful of UK suppliers accredited by HP as a strategic ‘Cloud Centre of Excellence’, and recently received ‘Cloud Champion’ certification from Microsoft. In late 2011, Softcat became the first reseller to retain the Reseller of the Year award at the CRN Channel Awards in two consecutive years.
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Softcat (www.softcat.com) is a leading provider of software licensing, hardware, security and related IT services. Softcat, founded in 1993 by chairman and majority shareholder Peter Kelly, remains privately owned and currently employs more than 400 people. It achieved a turnover in excess of £200 million in its last financial year and has been profitable since inception, resulting in a strong balance sheet and very firm financial foundations.
The company sells and supports products and solutions from all the world's leading IT companies. On all its portfolio products and solutions it offers a full range of services, including advice and guidance, technical design, product sourcing, implementation, support and project management. It enjoys a trading relationship with over 1,500 longstanding customers, predominantly from the UK corporate sector but also including large enterprises, small businesses and public sector organisations.
As an organisation Softcat cares passionately about two things – outstanding employee satisfaction and world class customer service. It believes the former drives the latter.
About Government Procurement Service (GPS)
Government Procurement Service (http://www.buyingsolutions.gov.uk/) is an executive agency of the Cabinet Office. Our overall priority is to provide procurement savings for the UK Public Sector as a whole and specifically to deliver centralised procurement for Central Government Departments.
The centralisation, standardisation and aggregation of spend on common goods and services is a key mechanism to deliver significant, sustainable cost reductions to Government. Operating at the heart of Government Procurement, we are playing a key role delivering expert sourcing, category and centralised data management.
Government Procurement Service is a Trading Fund, using a supplier commission model to fund operations and support continuous improvement in Government’s procurement capability. We are the largest Professional Buying Organisation (PBO) in the public sector and the only one with a legal remit to trade across the whole of UK public sector.
Our value for money, commercial procurement solutions are fully EU compliant and cover energy, travel, fleet, office solutions, professional services, ICT, eCommerce and property & facilities management, saving customers time and money.
In 2010-11, we managed £7.6bn of customer spend through our procurement arrangements and services, working with 14500 organisations in Central Government, Health, Local Government, Devolved Administrations, Education and the Not for Profit sector.