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The Benefits of Cloud Computing: A New Era of Responsiveness, Effectiveness and Efficiency in IT Service Delivery

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Executive Summary

IT executives today can be forgiven if accused of having their heads in the clouds. That's because the clouds that interest IT executives today aren't of the meteorological variety; they are computing clouds. Widespread interest and even unabashed excitement about cloud computing emanates from businesses, government agencies and other organizations seeking more dynamic, resilient and cost-effective IT systems than previous generations of technology allowed. While the term "Cloud" may connote an ephemeral quality to the type of computing it describes, the benefits of cloud computing to customers are very tangible. IBM itself - as well as clients around the world - is adopting cloud computing in recognition of its potential to usher in a new era of responsiveness, effectiveness and efficiency in IT service delivery.

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