Windows Server 2003 to drive G-Cloud sales, predicts Annodata

May 7, 2015

Cloud opportunity posed by end of support for Windows Server 2003 should not be squandered by public sector.

WIndows Server End of LifeThe fast-approaching end of support deadline for Windows Server 2003 in July this year presents a tangible opportunity for public sector organisations to improve the efficiency of their IT by moving to the cloud. But winning the business depends upon cloud providers’ ability to prove their capabilities in handling often-sensitive public sector data, says Annodata.

The latest sales figures from G-Cloud indicate that although local government spending on the G-Cloud framework have increased, overall sales have fallen. Local government purchases through the G-Cloud framework rose to £2.47m in March – up 28 per cent on the previous month – despite an overall fall in G-Cloud sales across all government organisations, including central government from £39.2m to £38.6m.

However, with recent figures from the Cloud Industry Forum suggesting that as many as 60 per cent of public sector organisations are still running Windows Server 2003, which is due to be retired in July, Annodata believes that the fortunes of G-Cloud could soon turn around.

Andrew Smith, Head of Professional Services at Annodata, commented: “G-Cloud sales seem to have stagnated, and, in spite of a slight increase in uptake within local government, the framework hasn’t yet been as successful as many had hoped. But with Windows Server 2003 finally coming to the end of its shelf life in a few months, and a significant proportion of public sector organisations still using the Operating System, we expect things to turn around. Infrastructure refreshes are the opportune time to move to cloud, and in this case, there is the chance to not just replace like-for-like but to look at migrating other services, such as email, print and Unified Communications. For public sector organisations anxious to find efficiencies in their IT, without impacting services, this course of action would be entirely sensible.”

“Moreover, the amount of time it would take to move to non-cloud-based infrastructure means that, at this late stage, cloud really is the only viable option. Cloud providers on G-Cloud need to show viable cost effective routes that enable ROI in a flexible and changing environment. Without this clear information there is a risk that public sector organisations will choose a more conservative approach, causing their systems and services to stand still. With the correct demonstration the benefits to the sector could be huge, allowing IT innovation at the front line,” he concluded.



About Annodata

Founded in 1988, Annodata is a national managed services provider specialising in the efficient flow of information using the most effective types of communication. With annual revenues of £80 million, the company brings together a range of specialist services including managed print services, unified communications, document management and software, mobile telephony, communication services and cloud hosting services.

With clients in the private and public sector, its team of specialists understand the needs of small and large organisations in all sectors and can help re-design business processes in-house or through a fully managed service.

The company has long-standing relationships with leading global enterprises including 02, Avaya, Kyocera, HP, Mitel and Ricoh giving businesses access to the latest technologies, future-proofing the enterprise.

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