Government signs cloud hosting contract with Carrenza for GOV.UK

The Government Digital Service (GDS) has signed a £100,000 one-year contract with Carrenza to help host the GOV.UK goverment services portal.

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The Government Digital Service (GDS) has signed a £100,000, one-year contract with Carrenza to help host the GOV.UK goverment services portal.

The infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) contract was awarded via the government's G-Cloud framework.

 Previous suppliers on the contract were Skyscape and SCC, which provided hosting for GOV.UK over the last 12 months. Skyscape is also on the new contract with Carrenza, with a third supplier yet to be confirmed.

GOV.UK, the single domain for government services, has now been live for one year, and is now averaging some nine million weekly visits.

This is approximately double the level of visits seen in the previous year to the Directgov and Business Link websites, which GOV.UK replaced.

Dan Sutherland, CEO of Carrenza said: “The launch of GOV.UK was a significant milestone in helping to change and improve the way in which government communicates with its citizens.

"The agility and scalability of our infrastructure means we can quickly respond to the most demanding of requirements. Our experience in delivering some of Europe's busiest ecommerce platforms will benefit the government as it continues to look to improve the efficiency of how government IT is delivered.”

Other Carrenza cloud clients include Comic Relief, eBay, Cineworld, Haymarket Media, and RBS.