Ministry of Defence launches private cloud for app sharing

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has launched a private cloud platform for application sharing which it hopes will "support it for the next 20 years".

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The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has launched a private cloud platform for application sharing designed by IT giant CGI.

The department used a two-year G-Cloud deal to contract CGI to build the secure hosting environment. It said the first applications have “successfully transitioned” onto the new platform, which is hosted at CGI’s facilities in Bridgend, South Wales.

The MoD said the platform is designed to scale to future requirements to support it “for the next 20 years”. The department added it will allow it to provide “more flexible digital services to government employees and citizens”.

The shared services solution, dubbed the Foundation Application Hosting Environment (FAHE), will be supported by CGI’s service desk, also based in Bridgend.

The MoD’s deputy head of IT programmes, Keith Jeffries, said the private cloud “provides the foundation of our Applications Services approach and a future-proofed platform for secure application hosting”.

“FAHE is the first delivery contract under the broader banner of the Applications Programme and we have selected CGI on their ability to deliver a secure environment coupled with a flexible commercial model that allows us to rapidly up and down-scale in line with future demand,” he added.

The MoD already works extensively with CGI, for example via a four-year deal signed in January to help vet 200,000 security clearance applications a year.

It also won an outsourcing deal earlier this month to provide teaching services to the Defence College of Technical Training, in particular to boost the amount of online course elements.