20. Data Hosting and Data Centres

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Adopt cloud computing or virtualisation for data hosting for the service. If not, give a strong argument for why one of the above hasn’t been used.

How point 20 improves their service

  • the adoption of cloud computing or virtualisation will reduce the cost of infrastructure – this reduces the cost of digital public services
  • it will provide a reduction in Scotland’s carbon footprint through the procurement, evaluation and utilisation of data hosting and data centres with proven track records in carbon savings
  • it removes the effort and complexity required to change hosting provider, to operate hybrid infrastructure (on/off premise and public/private) as well as to adjust usage based on prevailing business circumstances
  • a move to virtualisation and cloud should deliver better flexibility, resilience and recoverability of the infrastructure required to power digital public services – this should lead to an increase in availability of these services for citizens

How they’ll be assessed

Their assessment and the questions the assessors ask them will vary depending on their service and what it does.

In the discovery assessment

To pass, they’ll usually need to:

  • explain current ICT data centre and hosting arrangements, if applicable
  • confirm that total cost of running data centres and hosting is known, if applicable
  • demonstrate consideration of cloud computing when assessing current arrangements and future investment plans
  • demonstration consideration of co-location in existing data centres where cloud options not considered appropriate
  • where cloud or co-location options not taken, explain reasoning for any building of new data centres

In the alpha assessment

To pass, they’ll usually need to:

  • demonstrate consideration of cloud computing when assessing current arrangements and future investment plans
  • explain reasoning for shift to/not shifting to cloud
  • demonstration consideration of co-location in existing data centres where cloud options not considered appropriate
  • where cloud or co-location options not taken, explain reasoning for any building of new data centres

In the beta assessment

To pass, they’ll usually need to:

  • explain plans to measure and improve on data centre’s power usage effectiveness.
  • demonstration consideration of co-location in existing data centres where cloud options not considered appropriate
  • where cloud or co-location options not taken, explain reasoning for any building of new data centres

Supporting Material

Scottish Government Data Hosting and Data Centres Strategy Scottish Public Sector Cloud Computing Guidance Scottish Public Sector Data Centre Virtualisation Guidance Scottish Public Sector Data Centre Colocation Guidance Scottish Public Sector Co-location Register