The UK public sector’s adoption of cloud technology is rapidly increasing as Huddle today announced that this financial year is set to be the biggest in the company’s history for UK public sector contracts. In the first seven months of its financial year, Huddle more than doubled revenues from the sector, seeing an increase of 132 per cent over the same period last year. Organisations that have joined Huddle’s growing public sector portfolio include Surrey County Council, Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust and Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Huddle’s cloud content collaboration service is pan government accredited at IL2 and used by 80 per cent of central UK government departments. The secure Huddle cloud is also used by local governments, universities and NHS organisations to securely store, share and work on content with teams inside and across the firewall.
“Public sector organisations are really starting to embrace cloud technologies,” explains Alastair Mitchell, CEO, Huddle. “Whether they’re central or local government, education or NHS organisations, everyone is waking up to the benefits of intuitive, scalable and flexible services that support secure cross-firewall working, mobile workforce initiatives and paperless office targets. While the government is making headway in terms of its cloud ambitions and our latest figures show increasing demand for cloud services, there’s still a mountain to climb. A lot more pressure needs to come from the top-down as the £63.4 million that has been spent through the G-Cloud is a tiny proportion of the government’s overall IT spend. Public sector organisations considering a move to the cloud should also be aware that a number of the suppliers on the G-Cloud don’t have EU data centres or pan government accreditation at IL2, so are unlikely to meet their security requirements.”