Tech Intelligence Bulletin (HG Insights) – Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UK Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to enhance the cloud experience for public sector customers.

As the central buying entity on behalf of the UK public sector, the CCS is seeking to secure access to the latest hybrid cloud services and maximize cost efficiency. Signed as part of the One Government Cloud Strategy, the MOU further strengthens the relationship between HPE and the UK Government, which has existed for many decades. The One Government Cloud Strategy, launched in 2020, acknowledges that public sector cloud strategies necessarily include public, hybrid and multi-cloud solutions.

Edge to cloud technology solutions

HPE is working with the CCS to bring simplicity and efficiency to UK public sector organizations, whilst accelerating the introduction of new services and optimizing usage and spend. Public sector organizations can now take full advantage of HPE’s comprehensive portfolio of edge to cloud technology solutions provided by HPE and via HPE’s authorized partners.

“CCS provides commercial agreements which help organizations across the entire public sector save time and money on buying everyday goods and services,” said Simon Tse, Chief Executive of CCS. “This Memorandum of Understanding with HPE not only provides great value for public sector organizations, it also allows them to innovate more readily and improve services for the citizens they serve.”

Leveraging HPE GreenLake

“We are delighted to have signed this MOU as part of the One Government Cloud Strategy and look forward to helping public sector organizations to optimize their hybrid cloud operations,” said Sue Preston, Vice President & GM UK&I at HPE Pointnext Services. “Despite the growth of cloud strategies in the public sector, many organizations have struggled to move business critical applications to the public cloud, due to application entanglement, data gravity, security and compliance, and unpredictable costs. By leveraging HPE technologies, like HPE GreenLake, public sector organizations can reduce complexity, boost innovation and bring cost efficiency to their digital transformation efforts.”

Effective immediately, the agreement allows qualifying public sector bodies to benefit from minimum agreed discounts on a range of HPE technologies, including HPE GreenLake cloud services, Aruba enterprise networking and security offerings, and HPE’s storage and compute technologies.

Streamlined delivery

The MOU gives public sector organizations access to HPE’s flexible, managed, pay-as-you-use cloud experience in their own data center, at the edge and at colocation facilities, such as Crown Hosting Data Centers. Public sector customers can now procure HPE GreenLake cloud services with streamlined delivery. HPE GreenLake cloud services are available in small, medium and large pre-integrated configurations. HPE’s GreenLake Central platform enables the management of all apps and data across public and private clouds, the data center and edge workloads.

By setting out specific pricing, terms and conditions for the public sector, the agreement makes it easier, faster and cheaper for Government departments, local authorities and public organizations to access vital infrastructure and technology needed to transform the way they do business.

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