Are you looking to optimize your IT expenses? Want to ramp up IT change faster? Or are you hoping to offer dramatic improvements in the overall scale of IT? Cloud computing might be the answer. It's more than just a technology--it is a strategic way to enable full business transformation at a fraction of the normal costs.
James Shira, Chief Information Security Officer at Zurich Financial Services, says, "In the case of the cloud, the ability to save money is dramatic. Savings are achieved by optimizing the usage of IT resources. Normally, the IT resources of a given company are utilized heavily during certain times of the business day and much less so outside of those times." The bottom line is you pay for what you use. "You can only pay for the IT resources you consume. This means you are not paying for IT resources you don't consume, which addresses the cost implications of idle IT resources," adds Shira.
Larry Collins, Vice President of E-Solutions and Risk Engineering at Zurich Services Corporation, provides three additional ways businesses can cut costs:
- Cloud computing shares the costs of servers, software, and database administration across many users.
- It also spreads the cost of specialized staff members, database administrators, security experts, and the like among many other users.
- It provides specialized software, such as anti-spam, VPNs, and more. These are expensive for any one company to pay for but very cost efficient when delivered in bulk.
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