As if it weren't foggy enough in London, Savvis (news, filings) [a subsidiary of CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL, news, filings)] this morning took its cloud services to the whole government sector in the UK with their Government Wide Service platform. Aimed at what has been called the 'G-Cloud', Savvis's offering is designed to supply a pre-built, accredited platform that eliminates upfront capital costs and reduces deployment time. The GWS had already been powering the UK Home Office, but they have a second taker already.
Savvis's second tenant for it's G-Cloud is the UK's Ministry of Justice, which will partake of their hosted services under a five year, £14 agreement. The contract supports the MoJ's shared services programme and the £28M it is supposed to deliver. The MoJ will leverage the cloud as a platform for its ERP system, which is being designed by Steria and implemented by Accenture. When ready in 2013, it will take over all sorts of backoffice tasks across 80,000 users.
Over the last two months, Savvis has been the focus of lots of takeover speculation. Verizon's purchase of Terremark left everyone wondering who would be next, and Savvis fit the bill in all ways except for one - there's been little if any evidence they're actually interested. After all, why fight for a decade to be perfectly positioned for the cloud revolution and sell out just when it starts getting interesting? Still could happen of course, but it seems like there's no rush.
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