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FOI / 3823 / 2018 - ICT services and data

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold this information.

Initial request:

1. Do you have a procurement policy which supports the use of UK Government IT procurement frameworks, such as G-Cloud and Digital Outcomes and Specialists?

2. Has your organisation adopted a strategy or IT policy guidance for using:(Please indicate yes or no for each)

Hyperscale public cloud (e.g. AWS / Azure/ Google Cloud Platform)

Other cloud (e.g. UK Cloud)

Software as a Service (e.g. Office 365)

2.1. Who is responsible for each?

3. How many on-premise data centres do you own?

(In this context, a data centre is a secure processing facility which hosts one or more IT systems)

4. How many third-party data centres do you use?(i.e. for colocation)

5. Do you use cloud for storing data / applications?

6. Expressed in percentage terms, approximately what proportion of your data and applications are held in:

An on-premise data centre

A third-party data centre

Hyperscale public cloud (e.g. AWS / Azure/ Google Cloud Platform)

Other public cloud (e.g. UK Cloud)

Private cloud

7. Is your IT primarily managed in-house or is it outsourced?

8. Do you share your IT infrastructure and services with any other organisation?

(i.e. do you have shared services arrangements)

9. Do you have a central IT department?

10. Who in your organisation is responsible for driving your cloud strategy?

11. If your organisation does have a cloud strategy, what are the main drivers?

(Please indicate yes or no for each)

Cost savings

Scalability

Agility

Security

Modernisation

Other (please specify):

12. In the next 12 months are you looking to procure any of the following?(Please indicate yes or no for each)

On-premise data centre

Colocation facilities

Physical IT infrastructure

Hyperscale public cloud services (e.g. AWS / Azure/ Google Cloud Platform)

Other public cloud services (e.g. UK Cloud)

Private cloud services

Outsourced IT managed services

Final response:

Please see below the answers to your request.

1. Do you have a procurement policy which supports the use of UK Government IT procurement frameworks, such as G-Cloud and Digital Outcomes and Specialists?

Yes, we use CCS Framworks and G-Cloud, as well as Fire, Police and other Public Sector Frameworks.

2. Has your organisation adopted a strategy or IT policy guidance for using:(Please indicate yes or no for each)

Hyperscale public cloud (e.g. AWS / Azure/ Google Cloud Platform) - Yes

Other cloud (e.g. UK Cloud) - No

Software as a Service (e.g. Office 365) Yes

2.1. Who is responsible for each?

Head of ICT

3. How many on-premise data centres do you own?

(In this context, a data centre is a secure processing facility which hosts one or more IT systems)

One High Available (2 rooms in one building) and One for DR

4. How many third-party data centres do you use?

(i.e. for colocation)

One

5. Do you use cloud for storing data / applications?

Yes

6. Expressed in percentage terms, approximately what proportion of your data and applications are held in:

An on-premise data centre

A third-party data centre

Hyperscale public cloud (e.g. AWS / Azure/ Google Cloud Platform)

Other public cloud (e.g. UK Cloud)

Private cloud

With Hybrid Cloud and on premise provision, and some (such as store simple) that span both to deliver the service we are not able to give percentages.

7. Is your IT primarily managed in-house or is it outsourced?

In-House

8. Do you share your IT infrastructure and services with any other organisation?

(i.e. do you have shared services arrangements).

We share some of our IT infrastructure and services with other organisations. We have a shared service agreement with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service for computer aided Despatch.

9. Do you have a central IT department?

Yes

10. Who in your organisation is responsible for driving your cloud strategy?Head of ICT

11. If your organisation does have a cloud strategy, what are the main drivers?

(Please indicate yes or no for each)

Cost savings - Yes

Scalability - Yes

Agility - Yes

Security - Yes

Modernisation - Yes

Other (please specify): 24/7 support

12. In the next 12 months are you looking to procure any of the following?(Please indicate yes or no for each)

On-premise data centre - No

Colocation facilities - No

Physical IT infrastructure - Unlikely

Hyperscale public cloud services (e.g. AWS / Azure/ Google Cloud Platform) - Yes

Other public cloud services (e.g. UK Cloud) - No

Private cloud services - No

Outsourced IT managed services - Yes