The government’s G-Cloud team has urged any public sector 2e2 customers to get in touch if they need assistance in facilitating new hosting arrangements, after it was revealed that 2e2 imminently faces liquidation.
This follows the news that 2e2’s administrators, FTI Consulting, are calling for customers of the doomed UK based provider to stump up nearly £1 million to keep the data centres running until the 15th February, after it failed to attract any bids for a takeover.
The G-Cloud team tweeted (@G_Cloud_UK): “2e2 customers if you are public sector and want assistance in buying hosting, please contact us via twitter.”
The government recently launched the G-Cloud iii framework, its third round of procurement for the pan-government public cloud initiative in just one year.
G-Cloud ii, the second framework under the G-Cloud umbrella, was launched in May last year with 458 suppliers signed up to the agreement by October. Public sector customers can use an online portal, Cloudstore, to search for a variety of cloud products on the framework that have been approved for government use.
2e2 is on the government’s G-Cloud framework, but has not made any sales, so Cloudstore customers won’t face any disruption.
2e2’s customers are now going to be faced with a huge challenge of racing to get their data out of 2e2’s data centres and into a new hosting environment. However, Anthony Miller, managing partner at analyst house TechMarketView, argues that customers could have been in an even worse position.
“This is actually good news for 2e2’s beleaguered customers. Think about it. FTI’s only obligation is to realise the best value they can from 2e2’s remaining assets for the benefit of its creditors – not to try keep any sort of service running for its customers,” said Miller.
“FTI would have been perfectly within its rights (so I believe) to shut shop there and then and not spend a penny more on keeping anything going.”
He added: “That would have left 2e2’s data centre customers in deep ka-ka. At least FTI is giving them a chance (some might think a snowball’s chance in hell) of rescuing their systems and data.”