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Supply of Public Cloud Services for Government Bureaux and Departments

Since May 2012, the OGCIO has developed a list of Government Public Cloud Services (GPCS) Providers, through which bureaux and departments (B/Ds) can acquire public cloud services from over 50 service providers with over 400 cloud service options.

The procurement mechanism covers mainly the acquisition of the “Software as a Service” in terms of personal office automation services such as (a) office; (b) collaboration; (c) communication; (d) backup and recovery; and (e) e-engagement (i.e. social media), software of which is commercially available in the market, with a view to addressing the needs of individual officers and B/Ds.

The GPCS providers will provide cloud services under four categories: Category A - Productivity Applications; Category B - Business Applications; Category C - Cloud IT Services; and Category D - Social Media Applications.

With this listing arrangement on a “pay-per-use” basis, B/Ds achieve the benefits of increasing procurement flexibility, enhancing system capability, reducing one off and maintenance costs, and accelerating deployment in delivering IT solutions.

B/Ds can process data with different security requirements under GPCS and acquire different security features like data encryption in transit and data encryption at rest, two-factor authentication and multi-factor authentication and local data storage so as to meet their specific security requirements.

OGCIO has put in place a governance mechanism to safeguard the quality of services and refresh the list on a regular basis. To cope with the fast changing cloud computing environment, listed GPCS providers can also make requests to the Government for adding new services, changing existing services, or removing obsolete services subject to the approval of the OGCIO and potential GPCS Providers are allowed to submit requests at any time for inclusion into the GPCS suppliers list. Details of application for inclusion can be found at this page.

Information related to the listed service providers and their services is available at