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Government reneges on open source promise for Cloudstore 2.0

Government reneges on open source promise for Cloudstore 2.0

The second release has gone live today after weeks of delay

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The UK government has finally unveiled the second iteration of its Cloudstore after a number of delays, and has reneged on its pledge to make version 2.0 open source.

Cloudstore is an online catalogue that the public sector can use to procure cloud services provided by suppliers signed up to the G-Cloud framework. The first version of the Cloudstore was unveiled in February.

Computerworld UK spoke to former G-Cloud director Chris Chant shortly after the first release. Chant, at the time, was also overseeing the second iteration. He stated during his interview that Cloudstore 2.0 would be go live in April and it would be built using opensource code.

“We will have the next version out in the next six weeks or so and it is going to be a fully open source version,” said Chant at the time. 

However, following weeks of delays, the Cabinet Office has now confirmed that the second iteration also isn’t open source.

“We had said that we wanted to move to an open source solution but it has not been possible to do so in this version of CloudStore,” said a Cabinet Office spokesperson.

“We are still committed to considering a full open source solution as part of this ongoing development and are hopeful we can include API, product rating and reviews in future iterations too.”

Cloudstore 2.0 has in fact been built as part of the Government E-Marketplace and is made up of the services from the first iteration.

However, an online blog states that the latest version now benefits from free form search, where departments can now also view supplier service definitions, terms and conditions and compare services and standard configuration prices side by side. 

The blog states: “We hope you’ll find this iteration an improvement, but as with everything on G-Cloud it’s an iteration and we want to make sure it works for you.”

“We want to know what you think of it and any suggestions you have so we can make it as good as possible,” it continues.

“In the meantime we’re going to focus on improving access to the CloudStore catalogue data so others can create stores tailored to different audiences. We will also focus on putting in place ratings and reviews so customers can tell others what they think about the quality of different services.”

Computerworld UK also revealed last week that the government is planning to launch a G-Hosting framework at the end of this month, alongside the second G-Cloud framework.

G-Hosting will allow the public sector to place complex applications into highly virtualised, shared environments within selected suppliers’ data centres.

Both frameworks are set to be launched on 30th May, with spend on the G-Cloud expected to reach £250 million by 2015 and spend on G-Hosting to reach £470 million by 2016.

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