Discovering a good cloud vendor in a sea of companies dressing up old services as anything but is "excruciatingly difficult" according to Royal Brompton and Harefield CIO Joanna Smith.
Speaking on a soon-to-be-broadcast web seminar hosted by V3's sister site Computing Smith described her trials in finding a cloud vendor whose offerings matched the true trajectory of business need in the modern reality of cloud.
"We had a couiple of organisations wanting to work with us and, to be honest, it was excruciatingly difficult," said Smith.
"People would call themselves cloud providers, and then actually they'd want to just spin up tin for us and charge us for that over a five-year period - advertising the cost of the capital - so it wasn't pay-as-you-go and wasn't infinitely scaleable, so we had a lot of difficulty.
Smith, who eventually chose to put the majority of the Trust's data in Microsoft Azure after spending some time with CloudUK, also noted that AWS, among others, was conspicuous by its absence.
"We had other vendors who were very excited about talkin to us and just faded away - AWS for example - I've had a number of conversation with them but they've really not paid any greater attention," she said.
Smith has put this down to AWS potentially aligning itself to a business model in which it wishes to be the service on which a system is run, as opposed to being aimed at a specific use case:
"I do know that they're behind a number of our big vendors, so it looks more lik they're targetting ther system providers to be the organisation underpinning the platform, rather than the project," she said.
Stay tuned to Computing and V3 to see the full-length web seminar later today, in which Smith will join the Computing team to talk about a range of current cloud trends and concerns.
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