Done correctly, organizations should gain several advantages from server virtualization and cloud computing that will improve their overall ROI. Virtualization not only lowers expenses and enables IT to do more with less, it also simplifies and accelerates IT infrastructure and management. With cloud services, customers no longer have to make incremental CAPEX investments in IT infrastructure. Instead, pricing can be based on consumption. Cloud infrastructure enables elasticity, allowing customers to utilize resources for short time periods, scaling with variable demands in workload. Hybrid cloud configurations provide the flexibility and cost benefits of the public cloud with the security and control of the private cloud. Combined, these factors contribute to overall cloud savings, but cloud computing also enables greater agility, which is difficult to quantify but can contribute significantly to a company’s competitive edge. To determine whether cloud services will provide a greater ROI for your business than traditional IT, look at the patterns of resource consumption.
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