Kate's Comment

Thoughts on British ICT, energy & environment, cloud computing and security from Memset's MD

G-Cloud: The dream is dying

Since getting involved in G-Cloud in late 2009 Kate has been one of its most vocal supporters, passionately believing in the dream of unleashing the power of highly-commoditised cloud services to both improve the quality and reduce the cost of government IT. Now, nearly 7 years on, having spent £millions and attracted almost no business through the framework in return, that dream is dying.

She asks what has gone wrong: Is it Memset? Their approach? Is it the Framework? Is it the Digital Marketplace? What needs to change?

The Biggest Threat to G-Cloud is Amazon

G-Cloud has been one of the most effective initiatives implemented by the government to date, but is far from perfect as its relatively limited adoption shows. You just have to look at the numbers. As of January 2016 the latest published figures show that the current total of reported G-Cloud sales is over ¬£1bn. But you have to remember that…

Who is John Galt?

We just watched the first two parts of Atlas Shrugged. I was unfamiliar with Ayn Rand and her works until today. I found the films exhilarating and eagerly await the third installment. They depict a near-future world where economic collapse and enduring recession has enabled politicians to seize increasing power over private individuals and corporations. In the name of “the…

How to get staff through Security Clearance via G-Cloud

About government security clearances We have now got the security process down to a slick procedure with G-Cloud, and I’m sharing that in this post. In order to offer IL3 services to Her Majesty’s Government your staff that are involved in those services (eg. systems administrators, software developers, technical architects) need to have Security Clearance (SC). SC is a bit…

The Silent Cyber War

There has recently been a lot of news about cyber security, and it is a hot item in Whitehall, education and at the top levels in the IT industry. However, is this “new” cyber security concern warranted and do we need government and/or academia to get involved with a dedicated centre for tackling the issue? In short, I don’t think so, and this is why.


A couple of months ago HP started rumors that the G-Cloud had been canned, but that is most certainly not the case. I have spoken to a number of government officials and can confirm that it is going ahead. But what will it actually be, and is that what it should be? I was technical co-lead on phase two of…

OSCON: Government & Cloud, and cloud panel debate

I was recently asked to present at the OSCON conference in San Francisco in July 2010. I presented on the role of cloud computing in government IT and joined a panel to discuss the future of cloud computing.

IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS definition

One of the areas on which we reached clear agreement in the G-Cloud and App Store phase 2 was the definition the layers of the stack, infrastructure, platform and software, and their corresponding scalable, standardised counterparts: infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and software as a service (SaaS). Pleasingly, our delinations were very similar to prior work from two decades ago by IBM, except that ours incorporate virtualisation.

Definition of Cloud Computing, incorporating NIST and G-Cloud views

Following my involvement with the UK Cabinet Office’s G-Cloud and App Store programme I’m updating my definition of Cloud Computing, and also incorporating the NIST definition. My answer is “Cloud = Grid + (Utility * N)”, and here is how I arrived there…