Six year contract?
They seem to have missed the main point of "cloud" - the turn on / turn off flexibility. If you're committing to six years of use, you may as well put equipment in your own data centres for a fraction of the cost.
Two local authorities in northwest England have awarded reseller Insight Direct a six-year £35m contract for Microsoft licences and cloud services. Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester Councils have teamed up to "adopt and consume Microsoft Azure SaaS/PaaS and other cloud-hosted services and products" under the deal. …
It's in to use 'clouds' they say its cheaper.
Yeah, it's only good for small companies without the budget to buy and host their own stuff. Or when your load requirements fluctuate massively that you will have under utilised hardware for significant periods of time. This last one can be due to seasonal changes or because your business has uncertainty in its client base (start ups).
The last being you wish to have global resiliency without upfront colo and hardware cost.
I do not see any of these needs with this.
This will be the Microsoft Azure sales people doing the hard sell with a load of fictitious "facts" that it will be costing the Council £100k/year for each or 20 people to manage 100TB of storage and 250 servers.
This bull gets touted around at C level all the time and people just lap it up believing every word. It never appears to occur to them that they don't have that many staff or are paying that much (including all the on-costs).
You get what you deserve and the Azure hard sell too often bypasses reality. Once they actually find out the real costs they cannot go back.