The CMS is planning on a change in data-hosting tactics as it seeks a new contractor to run HealthCare.gov. The agency expects the change will help avoid glitches in the exchange site operations but some IT professionals are scratching their heads about whether it will actually help.
CMS' decision was disclosed in a request for proposals it released to begin its search for the next contractor for the federal marketplace. The agency expanded upon the decision in a Q&A document (PDF) that included the questions interested vendors submitted to the agency about the RFP.
The plan is to cease hosting data on what are known as virtual servers. A virtual server is essentially part of a computer that has been converted into something that operates like a separate computer with its own operating system and software. Going forward, the CMS wants its vendor to house HealthCare.gov data on actual servers, or entire machines dedicated to the task at hand.