The British government appears to have caught up with the private sector – at least in terms of Cloud computing policy! Their new “Cloud First” policy insists that central government departments prioritise Cloud services when making IT purchases.
Although departments may still opt for on-premise deployments, the policy demands that they demonstrate having considered public and private Cloud alternatives first. The move comes as part of a drive to cut IT provisioning costs by half, replacing bespoke IT systems with generic Cloud equivalents.
As well as halving IT spend, the “Cloud First” policy also underpins the government commitment to making 50% of all future IT project spend on Cloud services. A cabinet office body will also review each project for Cloud consideration before approving and IT budget spend.
This Cloud-first approach can also be adopted by smaller businesses looking to reduce the cost of maintaining in-house IT systems. Whether this is by using a hosted email service or some form of Cloud-based file storage depends on the specific needs of your business. However, by moving just one aspect of your IT infrastructure to the Cloud, you could immediately reap some cost savings.
If you would like to know more about adopting a Cloud-first approach to IT in your business, or would like to discuss the options available, give the Broadband Cloud Solutions team a call today on 0141 585 6363.
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