Public sector cloud services specialist UKCloud has been placed into liquidation after a winding-up order was granted against the firm and its parent company Virtual Infrastructure Group.

According to a government notificationthe orders were issued on 25 October 2022 with Garrett Jonathan Allen appointed by the court as official receiver to manage the liquidation of both parties.

Allen also has a duty to investigate the causes of companies’ insolvencies and the conduct of current and former directors. He will be assisted by Alan Hudson and Joan Robinson of Ernst & Young, who were requested by Alan and appointed by the court to take on the role of special managers.

They will be tasked with keeping each company running while the liquidation process unfolds. The liquidation strategy will consider the provision of services, the transfer of contracts and whether the sale is viable.

UKCloud, formerly known as Skyscape, launched a dedicated healthcare division in 2017, which the company says will provide an open, collaborative and sovereign UK public cloud platform specifically for the healthcare industry, supporting health and care providers, research and life sciences and pharmaceuticals.

The company then launched a new initiative in 2021 which aimed to support and deliver the draft NHS data strategy, which was titled ‘Data saves lives: Reshaping health and social care with data’.

UKCloud had three brands: UKCloud Health, which was aimed at central organisations, UKCloudX, which focused on defense and national security customers, and UKCloud for local and central government, as well as private organisations.

Their services include data center modernization, professional services and a range of cloud services including Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, Red Hat OpenShift, VMware, disaster recovery as a service, security operations services and private cloud for Oracle.

UKCloud in liquidation after being struck with winding up order