"As a UK vendor delivering Infrastructure-as-a-Service, we are expecting a great deal of interest. Everyone from local authorities to healthcare trusts are finding that their IT infrastructures are creaking and in desperate need of refresh, yet they don't have the capital budgets to do so. Services available through the catalogue will ease this as no cap-ex is required and deployment costs are eradicated."
However, TechMarketView analyst Tola Sargeant, had some reservations about SME's capability to deliver services reliably in the short term.
"After a quick play with CloudStore, it's clear it is designed very much as a 'catalogue' for commodity products - it's difficult to compare companies on the basis of anything but price. It will undoubtedly drive much faster adoption of cloud services, provide greater visibility for SMEs, lead to a more competitive market and save the government money in the long term.
"But in the short term, my concern is whether some of the smaller suppliers on the framework have the capability to provide services required reliably at volume," she said.
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