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Home Office pens £100m cloud deal with AWS

Written by Fri 10 Jan 2020

Four-year contract “continuation” of cloud services agreement 

The UK Home Office has confirmed it has struck a four-year £100m deal with AWS for its cloud services, in a continuation of a pre-existing agreement.

An awards notice published on the government’s contract finders website confirms the contract started on 12 December 2019 and will run until 11 December.

A Home Office spokesperson told Computer Weekly that the contract was a “continuation of services” already provided to the department, adding the deal  “provides significant savings for the department over a four-year term.”

The Home Office has invested £772m in cloud technologies since 2012 via the government’s G-Cloud procurement framework, more than double the next biggest spending department, the Department for Work and Pensions. The Home Office has spent £45.5m with AWS since 2016.

Amazon’s cloud services have grown in popularity with the UK government since AWS launched a UK data centre region in 2016.

In January, the Telegraph reported that AWS will play a key role in the UK Cabinet Office’s Crown Marketplace portal as part of a programme aiming to overhaul how public sector organisations procure common goods and services.

In June, GMB Union general secretary Tim Roache said Amazon was taking the British public “for mugs” by landing lucrative government cloud contracts despite tax avoidance concerns.

“Amazon are taking us for mugs. They must quite literally be laughing all the way to the bank – they’re making profit from a government that they refuse to pay their fair share of taxes to,” said Roache.

AWS accounts for 32.6 percent of the global $27.5b cloud market, according to Canalys.

  • Via Computer Weekly

Written by Fri 10 Jan 2020

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