A new framework that aims to simplify the purchasing of cloud services for public sector organizations has been launched by NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), an NHS partner that serves 40 percent of the NHS with corporate services.
A pool of 24 OJEU-compliant suppliers including UK Cloud, Fujitsu, Kainos, Softcat, and Rackspace have been selected under the framework which will run for an initial 2-year term with the option of a further two-year extension.
The suppliers will provide both bespoke and off-the-shelf services and have been grouped into four ‘Lots’: Solution and design consultancies; Infrastructure as a service (IaaS), Platform as a service (PaaS) and Software as a service (SaaS) companies; cloud support services and end-to-end cloud solutions.
NHS SBS said it is encouraging suppliers to introduce innovative products and solutions throughout the agreement.
“To ensure framework users have access to the very best cloud services at the most competitive price, we carried out a rigorous tender process and limited the number of suppliers on the framework to the 10 or 20 most outstanding in each Lot,” said Phil Davies, procurement director at NHS SBS. “The result is a specialist pool of 24 leading suppliers, which provide the greatest expertise and value-for-money to the public sector.”
The framework will run until September 2021 (with an option to extend for a further two years) and enables public sector organizations to make direct awards or run mini-competitions to source suppliers.