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As a viable product model, utility computing holds great promise for its customers. It can help to leverage existing assets while implementing critical initiatives and improving data availability and application resiliency. Imagine if accessing computing resources were as simple as flipping a switch. No hardware and software to maintain; you simply access them as you need them, and pay only for what you use. While it's still relatively new in the marketplace, many organizations are actively enjoying the benefits of such pay-as-you-go computing power and predictable pricing, including reduced IT costs.

With time and a well-defined evolutionary path, utility computing can become the standard model for information technology, leveraging existing investments without the threat of being locked in by any vendor's proprietary technology.

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