G-Cloud sales have jumped by £50m after a spending splurge in May that took total sales through the government framework beyond the £600m milestone.
Public sector spending on cloud services and products through G-Cloud has now reached £639m.
The spending trends seen in previous sales results continued in May with central government still contributing the most spending thorough the cloud procurement framework, and large and small enterprises holding an equal share of those sales.
A breakdown of the sales made by suppliers on G-Cloud showed that the £50m sales hike was driven by deals made with several companies.
Phoenix Software, an SME supplier of software-as-a-service (SaaS), sold £1.6m worth of its services to central government for a VMware enterprise licence agreement deal related to the HS2 high speed rail project.
BAE Systems provided £1.4m worth of specialist cloud services to central government for use in business fleet improvement.
In third place, healthcare SME CSA sold £900,000 worth of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud products to Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.
Meanwhile PwC sold £384,967 worth of its services to the Financial Conduct Authority, a central government organisation.
Another notable deal was the Ministry of Defence spending £262,564 on IaaS from the UK arm of major technology firm CGI. The deal could be an indication of the Ministry pursuing ways to harness cloud computing, something the Army is also keen to explore.
A breakdown of sales to individual companies showed that the majority of public sector spending appears to be on specialist cloud services, effectively integration and consultancy services that offer advice and prepare organisations for a cloud migration.
Sales of SaaS seem to be in relatively good health, but there has not been significant spending on IaaS or platform-as-a-service offered by cloud vendors and suppliers.
This indicates that the public sector is still hesitant to fully adopt the cloud for IT infrastructure and operations.
Beyond G-Cloud, spending through the government's Digital Marketplace saw total sales rise to just under £18m in May.
Central government contributes 88 percent to the sales pot, but SMEs perform better through the framework than on G-Cloud, having snagged 73 percent or £13m worth of the Digital Marketplace's total sales.
It is likely that healthy doses of spending through G-Cloud and the Digital Marketplace will continue, especially when organisations such as Essex council are exploring cloud adoption.
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