August 1th, 2016, Scotland, UK – Luminis registered their seminal Cloud platform, the “Cloud RTI”, on the UK Government’s G-Cloud Digital Marketplace. Government Cloud (G-Cloud) is a UK government initiative to ease procurement of cloud services by government departments and to promote government-wide adoption of cloud computing. Luminis UK proactively encourages departments and authorities across the United Kingdom to use more Open Source technology in the Cloud. The Cloud RTI consists of a Cloud platform with a host of supporting tools that have been designed to help organisations in making the transition to Cloud computing, while benefiting from the advantages and insights of the Open Source community. The Luminis Cloud RTI is infrastructure-agnostic and allows software to run on infrastructure from multiple providers including both Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.
The Luminis Cloud RTI incorporates the latest practices and insights in Cloud computing from the Open Source community; it is designed to help organisations to make the transition to Cloud computing whilst allowing them the maximum freedom of technology choices. As an example the Luminis Cloud RTI supports the ability to implement hybrid Cloud strategies, ranging from multiple public Cloud providers up to and including on-premise and private cloud (if required). In January 2016, the Dutch software technology company Luminis selected the United Kingdom to establish their first operation outside the Netherlands as part of their international ambitions, the United States is planned to follow at a later stage.
The UK Government G-Cloud is an initiative targeted at supporting public-sector bodies of the United Kingdom Government to make use of information technology services that use Cloud computing. The G-Cloud consists of:
1) A series of framework agreements with suppliers, from which public sector organisations can buy services without needing to run a full tender or competition procurement process and:
2) An online store – the “Digital Marketplace” (previously: “CloudStore”) that allows public sector bodies to search for services that are covered by the G-Cloud frameworks.
The service began in 2012 and had several calls for contracts. By May 2013 there were over 700 suppliers, over 80% of which were small and medium enterprises. £18.2 million of sales were made by April 2013. With the adoption of Cloud First policy in UK, in late February 2014 the sales have continued to grow, reportedly hitting over £50M in February 2014. These are based on the procurement of some 1,200 providers and 13,000 services, including both cloud services and (professional) specialist services as of November 2013.
“It was simple,” says Graeme Campbell, Luminis UK Managing Director: “Every day more and more UK local, regional and central government organizations are moving their software applications to the Cloud. This not just make’s sense in an era of austerity, but has the potential to deliver real savings to the UK government by reducing their need for expensive data centres. As our citizens have become used to transacting with the commercial world on a 24x7x365 basis, they now expect and demand the same from their government services; Cloud computing makes this possible. What Luminis do is make applications open to all cloud environments and gets rid of lock-in to one particular public or private cloud environment. The COTS world has been slow to meet these new challenges and we are therefore seeing more and more UK government organisations look at new and more cost effective technologies to meet their software application needs going forward. That is why Luminis is delighted to enter the UK market in 2016 and is even more delighted to have successfully gained access to the G-Cloud Digital Marketplace with the Cloud RTI.”