Industry Analyst Jeff Kagan on US Gov Dropping Verizon, Going H-P on Obamacare

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HP will now run the healthcare web site. Technology Industry Analyst Jeff Kagan is available to speak with reporters, or may be quoted through this release.

Jeff KAGAN, Industry Analyst

Technology Industry Analyst Jeff Kagan is available to speak with reporters, or may be quoted through this release.

The United States Government is replacing Verizon with HP as host of Obamacare web site, says Bloomberg, Nov. 28.

Tech analyst Jeff Kagan offers comment.

“While this is a black-eye for Verizon, I am also quite sure they are happy to put as much distance between them and Obamacare as possible. This could be a win for HP if they can help repair and better manage the Obamacare web site. The next question is, can they?” says Principal analyst Jeff Kagan.

The contract held by Terremark, a unit of Verizon for hosting the federal online insurance exchange expires in March. Terremark was acquired by Verizon in 2011.

The data center which is run by Terremark has had several outages in October which caused the website to fail, according to the Bloomberg news story. HHS worked with Verizon and Terremark to upgrade the infrastructure to improve reliability.

“It seems Terremark was a part of the problem. This was not the only problem however. While this is embarrassing to Verizon, the larger question is can Obamacare recover? I hope so, but so far I don’t see anything that says there will be any changes going forward. We’ll have to keep our eyes on this rollout. It’s starting to get very interesting,” says Kagan.

About Jeff Kagan

Jeff Kagan is a Technology Industry Analyst, consultant and columnist. He is regularly quoted by the media over the last 25 years.

He offers comment to reporters and journalists on wireless, telecom, Internet, cable television, IPTV and other tech news stories.

Kagan is also known as a Tech Analyst, Wireless Analyst, Telecom Analyst and Principal Analyst.

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