With the recession causing many businesses, both large and small, to rework some of their operations and business models for the sake of cutting costs, anything that reduces operating expenses without sacrificing performance can be considered a valuable - and, in many cases, vital - strategy.

One organization, SEMI, did just that by consolidating their servers and partially outsourcing IT, thereby reducing IT costs while actually improving their business performance.

SEMI, a global industry association serving the manufacturing supply chains for the microelectronic, display and photovoltaic industries, hired Centerbeam - a top IT company that offers midsized businesses IT outsourcing solutions - to consolidate its servers and manage its hardware and servers, as well as to provide 24/7 monitoring, security patching and updates, asset tracking, change management, software distribution and predictive analysis.

By using a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model for its services, the deployment time for these offerings was reduced to three months.

As a result, SEMI was able to consolidate its servers by 52 percent - from 171 servers to 89 - as well as reduce the company's carbon footprint. The company consequently saved $280,000, which represents an annualized IT budget reduction of 8.3 percent.

An increasing number of businesses are turning to these kinds of consolidation, outsourcing and virtualization strategies, with cloud computing initiatives such as SaaS seeing particularly strong growth - a recent survey from IBM reported that 69 percent of businesses are already implementing or planning to implement cloud computing solutions.

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