More client conversations on cloud computing at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, and there seems to be an emerging chasm between those who are confident this market is picking up, and those that are still cautious and confused about the benefits and drawbacks, as well as about their and their vendors’ maturity.
Two events happened over the last few weeks show that both sides have their reasons.
- On September 29th the Department of Homeland Security awarded a 5 million $ contract to CGI and other vendors through the GSA Blanket Purchase Agreement for Infrastructure as a Service.
- On October 16th the GAO sustained the protest filed by two vendors who responded to the email in the cloud bid from GSA, on the basis of unduly restrictive requirements about the location of data centers outside the US and ambiguous technical requirements concerning the separation of network traffic. This implies that the GSA must re-issue the RFQ, delaying the availability of a BPA for email as a service, which is one of the top areas for the cloud first policy, besides web hosting
Yesterday, again many of my client meetings were about cloud, and the two main themes were (1) what is next after the cloud first policy and (2) whether internal or community cloud service providers are really up to speed with providing real cloud services.
As I said, lots of interest, but still lots of uncertainty.