Apr 17, 2020  

AWS Cloud for Public Sector: Our thoughts on the GDS Guide

AWS Cloud for Public Sector: Our thoughts on the GDS Guide

The UK Government Digital Service (GDS) recently published a Cloud Guide for public sector and it’s a great read.

Given the continued rise of large scale AWS cloud platforms within the public sector, this guidance is vital in helping Government organisations create a balanced, cost effective cloud strategy.

Cloud platforms are an essential component for any Digital Strategy. In addition to building new solutions on the cloud, organisations can save millions in annual run costs by migrating existing systems to AWS and there several strategies which any organisation can use to identify how to treat each of their systems. A cloud migration strategy for any organisation which a significant number of ageing key systems is essential.

The Cloud Guide for Public Sector has taken feedback from cloud experts across the UK Government to produce independent advice which is invaluable for every Technology and DDAT leader. Although there is no ‘right answer’ the guidance contained within this document in addition to the already published Cloud First strategy will undoubtedly provide valuable cloud insights.

The Cloud Guide also references the incredible AWS Cost Optimisation work we carried out for the Home Office, saving them in excess of 40% of their annual AWS spend. Click here to find out how you can achieve similar AWS cost savings.

The Cloud Guide gives useful advice on the following topics:

  • Choosing a cloud hosting strategy
  • Avoiding cloud vendor lock-in
  • Managing cloud costs
  • Offshoring and data residency
  • Security and
  • People and skills

If you have a complex IT estate and would like help moving to cloud or running a cost effective cloud platform, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Neil Butler

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