Assured cloud service provider delivered Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions to support innovative online marketplaceCardiff, Wales – DPRTE booth 58 – 16 March 2016 – Skyscape Cloud Services Limited, the easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave cloud services company, announced at the Defence Procurement, Research, Technology & Exportability (DPRTE) event in Cardiff that it has delivered Compute-as-a-Service solutions to the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), for the support of Research Cloud (R-Cloud), an online marketplace for suppliers to tender research project contracts.
Dstl aims to meet suppliers’ expectations and accelerate contracting for science and technology research projects, replacing a tendering process that was previously based on spreadsheets and emails with an online marketplace dubbed Research Cloud, or R-Cloud.
One of Dstl’s requirements for R-Cloud was an external cloud-based hosting environment with infrastructure based in the UK, for data protection and security reasons.
Skyscape’s cloud services were chosen through the G-Cloud framework with the commercial data hosted on Skyscape’s Assured OFFICIAL platform.
Now, unless a project is especially large or requires additional scrutiny, Dstl aims to go from a statement of requirements to a contract within 35 calendar days — a much shorter timeframe than was previously possible.
“Hosting the entire R-Cloud application on Skyscape’s UK sovereign and resilient, Assured OFFICIAL cloud platform, allowed us to maintain the required level of security assurance, while simplifying the design and reducing the number of virtual machines,” said Dr Neil Higson, Project Manager at Dstl. “Our platform is delivering the efficiency and cost benefits to our contracting process that we’d hoped for, plus it’s more streamlined for everyone to use.”
“Security and efficiency were top priorities for Dstl and our credentials in both these areas meant that our IaaS solutions were the perfect match for this project and to support Dstl in its efforts to advance defence research,” said Simon Hansford, CEO of Skyscape Cloud Services. “Announcing this project at the DPRTE event in Cardiff enables us to showcase the role that G-Cloud has in supporting the digital transformation of government services ― using a flexible, scalable cloud solution, has enabled Dstl to innovate and transform its tendering process, without compromising on security.”
Full details of how Skyscape is supporting Dstl can be found in a full case study of the project which can be downloaded here:http://www.skyscapecloud.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/MoD-case-study-vFonline.pdf
About DstlDstl is an executive agency sponsored by the Ministry of Defence (MOD).
It brings together the defence and security science and technology (S&T) community, including industry, academia, wider government and international partners, to provide sensitive and specialist S&T services to the MOD and wider government.
About Skyscape Cloud ServicesSkyscape’s assured cloud solutions have been specifically designed to meet the needs of the UK public sector, delivering UK sovereign services that are easy to adopt, easy to use and easy to leave, with genuine pay-by-the-hour consumption models.

As a UK SME, Skyscape has won a number of high-profile contracts via the G-Cloud Framework and through its large number of channel partners that embed Skyscape’s cloud platform in their solutions.
Skyscape’s full range of services were previously Pan Government Accredited (PGA) up to IL3, hence suitable for all data at OFFICIAL (including OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE) and connected to government networks including the Public Services Network (PSN), the N3 health network and others.
Its services are delivered with leading technologies from the Skyscape Cloud Alliance Partners: QinetiQ, VMware, Cisco, EMC and Ark Data Centres.
Skyscape has been named a “Cool Vendor” by analyst firm, Gartner.

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