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Jan 25 2011   7:45PM GMT

Eli Lilly lands on Bluelock cloud?

JoMaitland Jo Maitland Profile: JoMaitland

Back in August we reported that pharmaceutical giant, Eli Lilly was looking for additional cloud providers to Amazon, for better support.

Lilly has picked Indiana-based hosting and cloud provider, BlueLock, according to a wink and a nudge from Twitter sources close to BlueLock. The hoster is in bed with VMware and the vCloud initiative, providing all the bells and whistles that go along with the vCloud Datacenter service.

Presumably Eli Lilly was willing to pay more for better support than it had been getting at AWS?

We reached out to all parties for comment and got these responses:

“Thanks for contacting us about this topic. Unfortunately, due to conflicting priorities we aren’t able to participate,” said Carole Copeland, corporate communications manager for Eli Lilly, via email.

And this response from BlueLock:

“We will have to kindly decline to comment. It is already public knowledge that Eli Lilly has been in discussion with a few cloud players (BlueLock included), however the discussion and any outcomes are between the companies involved due to competitive and partnership reasons.”

It’s unfortunate everyone is keeping tight-lipped on this cloud implementation as it would be really helpful to understand and learn from what happened here. It’s clear that terms of service and SLAs played an important role in Eli Lilly’s decisions.

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  • TireWorks
    Now consider Lilly and Charles’ article – he explained that different companies are choosing to architect and offer clouds with differing SLA’s which means that companies will have an opportunity to choose the right cloud for the right workload. In 2007, it was novel to even offer a cloud.
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  • Indycloud
    This doesn't surprise anyone in Indy, Mike(CIO) at Lilly and Mr. Hill are on boards together and good friends - for example - Interactive Intelligence.
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