Late in 2013 there was a flurry of interest in a project called the “Crown Hosting Service” – covered, for instance, by Bryan Glick at Computer Weekly. The aim, according to the article, was to save some £500m within a few years by reducing the cost of looking after servers. The ITT for this “explicit legacy procurement” (as Liam Maxwell accurately labelled it) was issued in July 2014.
Apparently some £1.6bn is spent by government on hosting government’s IT estate. That figure is about half what it costs to run government’s central civil estate (buildings); and that £3bn is only 15% of the cost of running the total estate. The total cost of running the estate is, then, something like £20bn (with an overall estate value of c£370bn).
It’s interesting, then, to see increasing instances of department’s sharing buildings – the picture below shows two agencies that you might not associate together. The Intellectual Property Office and the Insolvency Service share a building – though I’m hoping it’s not because they share a customer base and offer a one stop shop. The IPO and the IS are both part of BIS (which is just around the corner) so perhaps this is a like for like share.