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Memset gets PSN-Protected certificate for government work
apr 30 2015
Memset MD criticizes UK government cloud security red tape British public sector service provider Memset has opened a government-accredited data center facility, equipped with a trusted connection to the Public Services Network (PSN), but criticised the red tape involved in getting it approved. Memset’s Dunsfold Park center in Surrey was completed in July 2014 at a cost of £1.8 million, and is now connected to the PSN, the UK public sector’s shared infrastrcuture at the PSN-Protected level. In the government’s accreditation scheme the site is certified to IL3 (Impact Level 3), handling “restricted” information, but Memset describes it as “IL4-capable” - able to handle “confidential” data.
Memset’s IL3 datacentre goes live
apr 30 2015
Memset, a SME supplier of cloud hosting services to the UK public sector has announced that their government accredited datacentre facility is now fully live with its connection to PSN-Protected, the highest level of PSN security. Driven by a desire to bring the best of commodity public cloud prices to higher government security tiers, Memset invested £1.8 million constructing a highly efficient, highly scalable IL4-capable datacentre in Dunsfold Park, Surrey which was completed in July last year. Memset are connected to the PSN-Protected network enabling them to make full use of their facility, intended for high security government data. Kate Craig-Wood, MD of Memset said: "Trying to secure a PSN connection was a surprisingly long process for us and very resource intensive for an organisation of our size. However, we now have a live connection which is an additional USP for an SME like Memset supplying Lot 2 hosting services to the public sector via G-Cloud."
Memset Switches On PSN-Protected Data Centre
apr 29 2015
Memset has “bitten the bullet”, says managing director, as end of ‘PSN-Protected’ looks nigh British cloud hosting provider Memset has opened its Surrey-based data centre today, touting its PSN-Protected government-approved credentials. Memset’s managing director Kate Craig-Wood said that the firm had to go through a long process to secure a Public Services Network (PSN) connection, claiming that the hoop-jumping data centre was resource intensive for an organisation of Memset’s size. Memset started its attempt for a PSN connection in November 2012.
'The last thing the government wants is to work with SMEs...'
apr 27 2015
The biggest - if not only - criticism of government IT is that it spends far too much money on lengthy contracts with large IT companies; very rarely getting what those in industry would call value for money, and typically being tied down to an over-complicated, arduous contract with one of several large suppliers. But those within the confines of Whitehall claim that they are trying to tackle this, and back in 2011 a target was set for government to do 25 per cent of its business with SMEs, and Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has continually stated that government is trying to create a level playing field for smaller companies to be able to compete with the key players.
G-Cloud's £500m milestone deserves praise but challenges remain
mar 31 2015
Government spending through the G-Cloud framework hit the £500m mark in under three years, and G-Cloud sales quadrupled from £129m in February 2014 to £516m in March 2015. This rapid increase in sales will no doubt have the government toasting the success of G-Cloud as one of the initial platforms that support the goal of government-as-a-platform. The total figures paint a positive picture for government spending on the cloud, but digging a little deeper reveals the rapid cloud adoption is perhaps not as comprehensive as it first appears. Cloudy numbers The vast majority of G-Cloud spending has gone on specialist cloud services. Spending on these services in March contributed £28.5m of the £39.2m total for the month and has consistently the biggest type of service sold on the framework.
30 women shaping sustainable business
mar 28 2015
Kate Craig-Wood — Memset (Twitter: @Memset_Kate) Kate is founder managing director of green IT firm Memset, which is Britain's first carbon neutral internet service provider.
How SMEs can improve their chances of securing G-Cloud contracts
mar 11 2015
The G-Cloud framework has now entered its sixth iteration, and while it is fair to say the framework has made it easier for small firms to get government contracts, the large players appear to muscling these companies aside. The latest government figures put the total sales through G-Cloud at £431 million, with £208 million of those sales benefiting SMEs. However, the percentage of sales to SME is in fact declining, making up just 49%. In May 2014 SME G-Cloud sales accounted for over half. Total sales to large enterprises exceeded those of SMEs in October. It begs the question: is the framework now failing these smaller firms? SME supplier Memset, which was one of the first SMEs approved for the G-Cloud framework, questions whether any of the approved suppliers with services listed outside of Lot 4 (Special Consultancy Services) will see an increase in revenue to match.
How can G-Cloud remain a government success story?
feb 27 2015
Over the past month, several reports have suggested that the G-Cloud framework is slowly being abandoned, that the vision behind it has been brushed aside, and that all that remains is a marketing gimmick for the government to point to when SMEs ask what Whitehall is doing to open up opportunities for them. The G-Cloud, which is now in its sixth iteration, was set up as a framework listing approved service providers. Public-sector organisations could procure cloud-based services from suppliers listed in the framework's CloudStore, cutting short the typically lengthy government tender process.
Let Us Show You The Way
feb 22 2015
Kate Craig-Wood Craig-Wood, 38, is a cloud computing entrepreneur, technology speaker and green IT expert. She is the co-founder of Memset, a leading cloud computing provider, and has advised the Cabinet Office on its G-Cloud programme.
IT procurement and security risks for 2015
feb 20 2015
Ensuring your company’s IT infrastructure is up to date or even ahead the curve can prove a challenge. Identifying the right technology to procure in 2015, not to mention foreseeing potential security threats, takes planning. Security experts Symantec say just 11% of SMEs saw investment in IT infrastructure as important and only three per cent cited improving online security as a priority. But as experts predict a rise in security threats this year, there’s never been a more important time to ensure your IT spend is put to the best use.