cloud provider switch is delayed till next year

Not so fast.  A plan by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to move from Verizon/Terremark infrastructure over to Hewlett-Packard have been delayed till next year.

Last year, [company]CMS[/company] inked a deal to move the troubled insurance sign-up web site to HP after widespread problems. The idea was to make the move after the sign-up period ended last March, but that changed this summer, when CMS decided to keep most of the site on [company]Verizon[/company] for the next enrollment period, kicking off in November and ending in February. That was not widely known until the Wall Street Journal (registration required) reported it this week.

Now, it looks like [company]HP[/company] and subcontractor [company]Amazon Web Services[/company] will act as subcontractors to Verizon’s Terremark subsidiary, according to CMS extended the original contract with vendors that also include Accenture, Quality Software Services, but indicated that things really will change down the road.

From that Modern Healthcare report:

 …unlike the other contract extensions, in which the CMS indicated there were no apparent successors waiting in the wings, it made clear in its Terremark notice that it had intended to transition to Hewlett-Packard, but did not have sufficient time to make the changeover before open enrollment begins Nov. 15. The agency reaffirmed that it still plans to switch to HP for website hosting at some point in the future.