GDS to close PaaS public-sector hosting platform

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The Government Electronic Provider is to near its Platform as a Services hosting supplying for general public sector organisations.

The system was designed in 2015 and, about the final 7 years, has been used by upwards of 60 authorities agencies community authorities to host a collective total of 172 electronic companies, according to GDS. In a weblog write-up announcing the decommissioning system – which will choose area about the subsequent 18 months – the electronic agency mentioned that “seven years is a very long time in tech and issues have changed”.

“The huge cloud suppliers – Amazon Website Providers, Azure, Google Cloud System and many others – have upped their sport and lowered the limitations to entry for electronic groups,” mentioned the weblog, which was credited to GDS main govt Tom Examine and Clara Barnett, deputy director of electronic support platforms. “Over the very same time period, departments have designed much better and additional pro in-dwelling cloud engineering functionality, and are (broadly) clustering all over a Kubernetes based mostly architecture.”

It added: “GOV.British isles PaaS has not noticed the speedy and continued growth that we have witnessed with some of our other system merchandise, and is now at a level the place we either make investments seriously in some major technical architecture alterations, or we make the tough conclusion to sunset the merchandise. We have decided to do the latter.”


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Together with the decommissioning procedure, GDS will operate with sister Cabinet Place of work company the Central Digital and Details Place of work to interact with technological know-how leaders across authorities “to fully grasp what a future central hosting supply could or really should be”. 

The alternatives beneath thought will incorporate “doing nothing… creating a reusable set of configuration and management… all the way as a result of to making a new PaaS v2 applying diverse architecture”.

Regardless of the determination to near the company, the GDS leaders claimed that “we’re rightly very pleased of the function that’s been done on GOV.United kingdom PaaS” which, when it was introduced, “was the appropriate product at that time”.

“The crew who constructed and run the services are passionate, dedicated and really good,” the site reported. “It has savored uptime of 99.95%, and suffered only 1 major incident in its 7 years. All this even though tenants deployed companies extra than 122 situations a working day, designed up of 3,200 programs.”

PaaS also played a important function in the early months of the coronavirus disaster, said Examine and Barnett, as it permitted “new products and services to be spun up swiftly [and] also enabled GOV.British isles Notify to scale quickly to cope with an increase in messaging volume, enabling them to send an regular 400 messages for every next, with a peak of 15 million notifications in a day”.

“GOV.Uk PaaS has been a wonderful merchandise, led by a amazing workforce,” they stated. “The concentration now is on supporting our tenants as a result of the decommission procedure and reflecting on our potential in this place.”