G-Cloud 6 is now live on the government's Digital Marketplace, attracting 516 new suppliers to the public sector cloud procurement framework.
Government Digital Services (GDS) revealed that the latest version of the framework has seen the number of suppliers on G-Cloud rise by 15 percent to 1,453.
A further 10,827 services were added to the Digital Marketplace, which now has 1,852 suppliers providing 19,966 services to the public sector.
Some 87 percent of the suppliers are small to medium-sized businesses, indicating the attractive prospects of the public sector to small IT vendors.
The updated framework will give public sector IT buyers the means to commission services from G-Cloud 5 and G-Cloud 6 suppliers.
This new iteration also marks an end to the G-Cloud 4 framework, meaning that cloud vendors and services still operating under its parameters are no longer available to the public sector.
With G-Cloud 6 up and running, the government appears to have completed its move to combine G-Cloud with the Digital Services procurement frameworks to make purchasing IT services easier for public sector buyers.
Launched by outgoing Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude (pictured), the Digital Marketplace presents a single online storefront from which the public sector can procure IT and cloud services. The move involved killing-off the government's Cloudstore.
GDS said that it will continue to update the Digital Marketplace to improve its functionality and features for buyers and suppliers.
"We're currently focused on developing our search capabilities along with the categorisation and filtering of services. These will all work together to help buyers find what they need," it said.
Continued updates to the G-Cloud framework appear to have had a positive effect on sales of cloud services to the public sector. The latest G-Cloud sales have soared past £345m.
Despite healthy sales, new frameworks and the launch of the Digital Marketplace, central government has contributed to the majority of cloud sales.
Local councils trail behind, despite Windsor and Maidenhead and Peterborough city councils moving to the cloud.
It could be argued that the GDS profiling of public sector IT buyers may not be as useful to technology vendors as was intended.
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