Many public sector departments, agencies, and local authorities are engaged in inflexible and expensive arrangements with suppliers. In most of these cases, cloud computing offers a quick and effective way to run back-end infrastructure, networking, applications, databases, etc – all whilst significantly improving operational performance, reliability and security.
Back in 2013, the formal introduction of a ‘Cloud-First’ policy was expected to drive a wide adoption of cloud computing in the public sector – as a way of maximising savings and efficiencies.
But regulation prevented some public sector organisations to migrate to the cloud and benefit from these savings. In the healthcare industry for example, it is often stipulated that patients’ sensitive data must reside in the UK.
Well, that’s just changed today: Amazon Web Services has just launched its AWS Europe Region based in London! This means that government organisations can now use the AWS Cloud to run their applications and store their data on infrastructure on UK soil.
We’re one of the first governments to implement a cloud-first policy and our reforms have saved more than £3.5 billion. We now have a competitive market to deliver cloud services onshore with the scale of AWS, meaning that companies and organizations can benefit from scalable, pay-as-you-go enterprise compute services. In the public sector, the effect on user experience, project delivery timescales, and costs will be marked. We’re delighted that AWS is now live in the UK, and look forward to it being a strong part of the ongoing transformation of our digital economy and digital government.
Liam Maxwell, the UK Government’s National Technology Advisor.
And for security conscious clients, it’s worth highlighting that AWS infrastructure regions are compliant with a range of standards including ISO 27001, ISO 27017, ISO 27018, SOC 1 (Formerly SAS 70), SOC 2 and SOC 3 Security & Availability. This means customers benefit from all the best practices of AWS policies, architecture, and operational processes built to satisfy the needs of even the most security sensitive customers. The AWS Europe (London) Region has also achieved the UK’s Cyber Essentials Plus certification, which means that AWS has properly implemented the necessary security controls to protect against cyber risks.
As one of a handful of AWS’s Authorized Government Partners in the UK, we’re delighted that this major blocker has been lifted for our clients who want to power their infrastructure in a more agile way and lower costs.