FOI Disclosure Log

Customer Request Details

13 May 2021

We are exploring the use of hybrid cloud within public sector organisations in line with the Government Digital Service’s (GDS) guidance on ‘public sector use of the Public Cloud’. We would like to ascertain whether the cloud-first policy was fit for purpose and what challenges, if any, have arisen when outlining and implementing your cloud strategy.

 

Please could you provide me with responses to the following questions via electronic copies. If the request is unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me. If any of this information is already in the public domain, please can you direct me to it, with page references and URLs if necessary.

Please could you confirm you have received this request and I look forward to receiving your responses within the required 20 days of receipt.

 

FOI questions below and attached.

 

  1. Do you have a cloud strategy? (Please provide a link to the strategy)
  1. Yes
  2. No

 

  1. When was the cloud strategy defined?

 

  1. If yes, what is the focus of your cloud strategy?
  1. All in on public cloud (no private cloud or on-premise infrastructure)
  2. Cloud First (new services in public cloud with some on premises infrastructure or private cloud)
  3. Hybrid cloud (some combination of one or more public clouds, private cloud and on-premises)
  4. Private cloud (no public cloud)

 

  1. What public cloud(s) do you use?
  1. AWS
  2. Alibaba Cloud
  3. Azure
  4. Google Cloud Platform
  5. Oracle Cloud
  6. UK Cloud

 

  1. What percentage of your applications and/or workloads is on premise?
  1. 0%
  2. 10% - 25%
  3. 25% - 50%
  4. 50% - 75%
  5. 100%

 

  1. What percentage of your applications and/or workloads is in the public cloud?
  1. 0%
  2. 10% - 25%
  3. 25% - 50%
  4. 50% - 75%
  5. 100%

 

  1. What percentage of your data is on premise?
  1. 0%
  2. 10% - 25%
  3. 25% - 50%
  4. 50% - 75%
  5. 100%

 

  1. What percentage of your data is in the public cloud?
  1. 0%
  2. 10% - 25%
  3. 25% - 50%
  4. 50% - 75%
  5. 100%

 

  1. What percentage of your infrastructure is legacy?
  1. 0%
  2. 10% - 25%
  3. 25% - 50%
  4. 50% - 75%
  5. 100%

 

  1. Do you have third-party services or solutions on premise that are not cloud-ready or fit for cloud migration?
  1. Yes
  2. No

 

  1. What workloads or functions have you moved to the cloud? (Multiple answers. Please specify other if not listed)
  1. Office productivity (e.g. Microsoft 365, Google Workspace)
  2. Citizen-facing digital services (e.g. GOV.UK)
  3. Back-office applications (e.g. transaction processing)
  4. Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, cognitive services
  5. Software development/DevOps
  6. Corporate functions (e.g. HR, Finance, CRM)
  7. Intranet
  8. Public website
  9. Backup, business continuity and disaster recovery
  10. Other

 

  1. What challenges did you face when moving to the public cloud? (Multiple answers. Please specify other if not listed)
  1. Migrating certain applications
  2. Legacy infrastructure
  3. Different refresh cycles
  4. Difficulty proving cost illustrations
  5. Funding paths (Capex/Opex)
  6. Data gravity
  7. Data Classification
  8. Licensing concerns
  9. Data privacy concerns
  10. Offshoring & data residency
  11. Lack of in-house skills
  12. Vendor lock-in/ Egress cost prohibitive
  13. Other

 

  1. What percentage of your infrastructure do you plan to be public cloud based in 12 months’ time?
  1. 0%
  2. 10% - 25%
  3. 25% - 50%
  4. 50% - 75%
  5. 100%

 

  1. What percentage of your infrastructure do you plan to be public cloud based in three years’ time?
  1. 0%
  2. 10% - 25%
  3. 25% - 50%
  4. 50% - 75%
  5. 100%

 

  1. How much has your organisation spent on public cloud since the Government’s G-Cloud or ‘cloud-first’ policy was introduced in 2012?

 

  1. How much has your organisation spent on on-premise infrastructure since the Government’s G-Cloud or ‘cloud-first’ policy was introduced in 2012?

 

  1. How much has your organisation spent on cloud/infrastructure consultancy services in FY 20-21?

 

  1. How much was spent on public cloud data egress charges in FY 20-21?


East Herts Council Response

13 May 2021

Freedom of Information Act –  Information Request –

Further to your Freedom of Information request regarding: Information Technology

This is a function carried out by Stevenage Borough Council as part of a shared services agreement therefore your request should be sent to [email protected]

 Further contact details are: https://eforms.stevenage.gov.uk/ufs/ufsmain?formid=FREEDOM_OF_INFO_REQUEST

Or in writing to:

Legal Services
Stevenage Borough Council,
Daneshill House
Danestrete
Stevenage
Herts
SG1 1HN

If you have any queries or complaint about the processing of your request please do not hesitate to contact me.

Alternatively for more information on the Freedom of Information Act contact the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioners Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire

Telephone 0303 123 1113 

https://ico.org.uk/

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

I apologise that your request cannot be met and should you have any further queries or information needs in the future then please contact me.

 

It is important that you include the above FOI reference number on all correspondence related to this request.

Thank you for your request.