UKCloud confirms readiness to support public services in responding to the coronavirus outbreak

Unpredictable demand for critical public services caused by COVID-19 can be supported by assured cloud services

London – Published 10th March 2020 –  UKCloud, the multi-cloud experts dedicated to making transformation happen across UK public sector, has today announced its completion of preparations to ensure that its assured cloud services are ready and able to help public sector organisations deal with the unpredictable effects of coronavirus (COVID-19).

UKCloud’s platform supports hundreds of public services across government, healthcare and the wider public sector, many of which underpin critical services used by citizens, businesses and public sector workers (such as health professionals) nationwide. UKCloud has reviewed its business continuity plans (BCP) and have undertaken a dynamic risk assessment to ensure it is able to maintain service levels, the supply chain or ability to access datacentres or operations centres. To support international efforts to slow the spread of the virus, UKCloud has imposed restrictions on its staff travelling to international events and conferences whilst continuing to support national events such as last week’s Digital Health Rewired conference and next week’s Partnering for Growth event where the risks are much reduced.

UKCloud has also conducted readiness checks by randomly requiring individual employees and some entire teams to work from home to ensure their ability to work effectively should self-isolation or imposed quarantine become necessary. UKCloud’s BCP team is meeting daily to ensure that readiness plans respond to changes in government guidance.

“In alignment with the Government’s action plan, UKCloud has worked with our customers, partners and suppliers to update our risk assessment and test our business continuity plans, thus demonstrating our readiness should the COVID-19 outbreak continue to unfold.  Our customers and partners can depend on UKCloud to deliver the service, capacity and assurances that will help them through this uncertain and unpredictable time.” – John Godwin, Director of Information Assurance and Compliance, UKCloud.

The UK Government’s coronavirus action plan states, “In the event of the outbreak worsening, or a severe prolonged pandemic, the response will escalate, and the focus will move from Contain to Delay, through to Mitigate. During this phase, the pressures on services and wider society may start to become significant and clearly noticeable.”

To help public sector organisations deal with these anticipated pressures, UKCloud:

“As the implications of the coronavirus become clearer, we undertook a rapid risk assessment which determined the potential need for additional capacity based on the increased demand for our existing and new services. In contrast with traditional on-premises IT environments, cloud services provided by UKCloud are inherently elastic and better suited to dynamic and unpredictable demands such as those caused by this coronavirus outbreak.” – Erik Bjontegard – President and Founder Spark Compass UK.

Updated 14th April 2020 –

UKCloud has published updated details of its preparations and Business Continuity Plans, and offers free trials of its multi-cloud services, and is offering a free discovery workshop for organisations trying to determine how cloud can help them deal with the unpredictable requirements of this coronavirus outbreak.

For more information, please contact: info@ukcloud.com