Today's G-Cloud 7 framework includes the new Cloud Intermediation Service (CIS) from managed cloud provider Fordway, which the company believes is the first service of its kind to be offered through the framework. It is available through the Digital Marketplace with all Fordway's other managed cloud services.
Fordway's CIS, which is available from today, has been developed in conjunction with both public and private sector clients after the company found that many organisations struggle to plan and manage their move to cloud while maintaining existing services in parallel. The new service helps organisations assess, plan, transform and migrate their infrastructure partly or completely to public cloud using agile project management, providing whatever combination of resources they need to support their in-house team at each stage of the transition.
CIS can include use of Fordway's own cloud services as an intermediate step to provide service stabilisation or transformation to support the transition. The company has strong relationships with public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google, enabling it to provide a single point of contact to manage a transition irrespective of the target platforms.
Fordway has won a number of contracts through G-Cloud for organisations including the Skills Funding Agency, BIS and DECC, and also provides cloud services for many private sector organisations including one of the engineering consortia delivering key infrastructure projects for Crossrail.
"Most IT teams will only migrate their systems to cloud once, and it's a big step. For the sake of their organisation and their own careers it needs to be planned and delivered successfully, on time and within budget, without any surprises," says Richard Blanford, Fordway managing director. "Fordway have already done this many times for a variety of clients, so bring our experience and proven methodologies to help them plan for all eventualities. This minimises risk, gives clarity on costs, delivers a better result more quickly and ensures they obtain the expected benefits. We can provide as much or as little support as each organisation needs at each stage of their transition, complementing the skills of their in-house team."