Bristol-council_cloud_computingBristol City Council have recently announced a cost-cutting plan to move their ICT infrastructure to the cloud. The government released a mandate to all UK local councils to reduce their costs in this field with the introduction of 30% in cuts worth £90 million.

Bristol has made a 2-year deal with Eduserv, a Bath-based non-profit cloud services provider, for £1.5 million. The plan follows the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead which claimed to be the first UK local authority to move to a cloud-based structure, in May of this year.

The deal was made via g-cloud, the framework by which the cloudstore enables suppliers to offer services to the public sector. Eduserv will carry out its contract by taking over the day to day IT requirements of Bristol Council and also data roaming. A spokesperson for the council claimed that the move to the cloud would make Bristol more flexible and cost-efficient.

“This deal will also help to promote Bristol’s aim to use more SMEs and local suppliers”

 

A major benefit is that the move will enable the local government to cut its office space, which the authorities have said should be reduced by 40% in the next two years. This will be achieved by Bristol’s IT services relocating to the Eduserv datacentre and being stored on the cloud in a controlled manner.

Steve Pendleton, service manager of commissioning and supplier relationship management at the council said that “the ICT market is changing rapidly, becoming much more commoditised and consumer led”. He added that they would not need to own its ICT in the future and will instead buy services which have the capacity to meet Bristol’s demands in a more cost-effective and efficient way.

This deal will also help to promote Bristol’s aim to buy more through g-cloud and use more SMEs and local suppliers. The council is now one of the three biggest government buyers through g-cloud which will contribute towards achieving this aim and that of giving 25% of their spending to SMEs.