Publication - Advice and guidance

Cloud services framework

Published: 12 Dec 2018

Guidance for public sector organisations on how to access and use the framework.

Published:
12 Dec 2018
Cloud services framework
Who can access: all public sector
Contract status: in progress
Dates of contract: Approximately July 2019 to 2021 (with two optional 12 month extensions)
Category: ICT services and software - national

Overview

This cloud services framework will replace the current hosting services framework which expires in May 2019, and shall continue to support our digital strategy.

See the OJEU notice.

Suppliers wishing to participate should register on both Public Contracts Scotland and Public Contracts Scotland Tender systems. 

Contracts will be awarded through call-offs by either direct award or mini competition, issued by Scottish public sector organisations through the framework.

What is in scope

Cloud services including:

  • public cloud
  • private cloud

  • co-location

  • hybrid cloud

  • community cloud

  • cloud transition services

What is out of scope

  • ICT products
  • direct purchase of software

  • purchase and maintenance of equipment

  • ICT networks

  • software as a service (SaaS)

  • fully managed IT services

  • creating applications

  • web development

  • web design

  • creating and updating content

  • video streaming

  • procurement of hardware

Who can use this

  • central government
  • health
  • local authorities
  • universities and colleges
  • third sector (voluntary organisations and charities registered in Scotland)
  • other public bodies

Full details can be found on the OJEU notice.

Note: It is the responsibility of any buying organisation wishing to use cloud services when it is available to satisfy itself that it is eligible to do so.  If there is any doubt, legal advice should be sought.

Benefits

Benefits from this framework include:

  • objectives include maximising efficiency and collaboration through aligning with the strategic priorities in Scotland’s Digital Future: Delivery of Public Services, delivery and demonstration of real cash savings, embedding sustainable procurement and improving access to public sector contracts
  • all the cloud services will be delivered within the European economic area which meets the guidelines of the Data Protection Act 2018
  • in addition the framework has the ability to meet cloud hosting requirements that are classified as secret and/or top secret

Further information

Guides for buyers and suppliers will be available in due course.

Contact

Stuart Brown
Senior Portfolio Specialist, ICT Services and Software
Phone: 0141 242 5626
Email: stuart.brown@gov.scot

Andy Scott
Portfolio Manager
ICT Services and Software
Phone: 0141 242 5920
Email: andy.scott@gov.scot