The Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has signed a memorandum of understanding with IBM on preferential commercial terms for the public sector on its cloud services.
They have agreed on a three-year arrangement that will give public sector bodies discounts on access to the IBM public cloud and a suite of solutions including its Multicloud Manager, Cloud Paks, Red Hat OpenShjift, Cloud Garages, Power Virtual Servers on cloud, VMware and cloud migration services.
IBM said its public cloud has been built on a foundation of open software and includes more than 190 cloud native APIs for technologies including artificial intelligence, blockchain, IoT and DevOps.
It also runs a secure local facility as part of the Ark Data Centres joint venture to meet high security classification levels for UK government.
Simon Tse, chief executive of CCS, said: “This agreement with IBM provides great value for public sector organisations as they continue to innovate and improve essential services for citizens throughout the UK.”
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