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IT leasing makes sense in tough times

Leasing IT has always been a sound, fiscally responsible alternative to buying: it has even more going for it when financial pressures are on the upswing.

IT leasing makes sense in tough times

Volatility and uncertainty in world financial markets is impacting IT spending. In tough economic times, when budgets are under unprecedented pressure, the leasing option becomes even more attractive. But it’s important to bear in mind that IT leasing isn’t isolated from broader economic currents.

According to IDC, financial instability is affecting IT leasing and the organizations that employ it. In July 2007, IDC noted that financial markets for collateralized debt obligations (CDOs) were being impacted by the problems in the subprime mortgage sector, and that because CDOs and IT leases are treated similarly in capital markets, IT leasing could be affected. Last April IDC predicted that over the following 36 months, “at least one-third of the current IT leasing and market providers will exit this market or will experience a change of ownership.” *

Despite the turnover, IDC points out that providers with strong infrastructures and direct access to capital markets, such as HP Financial Services, will be better able to weather the turmoil. That’s good to know, because IT leasing and financing are actually growing—even as overall IT spending declines.

Tightening IT budgets and limited access to capital are prime drivers, but other factors are at work. For example, the growth of virtualization boosts the value proposition of leasing by pressuring organizations to improve IT portfolio management.

The drive to ‘green’ IT plays a role too. Because environmentally sound practices are no longer just a nice to have, corporations place a premium on the expertise leasing providers can offer in asset management and the safe and environmentally friendly disposition of decommissioned IT equipment.

Meanwhile new accounting practices will help to clarify how IT leasing works for many organizations. U.S. accounting and reporting requirements—particularly lease accounting practices—are likely to be harmonized with those of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). Having a single uniform standard will reduce cost and complexity, with leasing transactions likely to become more transparent and more similar to financing.

Leasing IT makes sense in tough times. Approached intelligently, it’s a better option than ever.

* IDC, Roiling Markets Impact IT Financing; More to Come, Doc # lcUS21183408, April 2008, and Worldwide IT Leasing and Financing 2008 Top 10 Predictions, Doc #210716, February 2008.



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Table of contents

Introduction

» Virtual for all the right reasons

Strategies

» The green standard
» Common Ground: Turning distress into ‘de-stress’

Feature

» Rethinking virtualization
» From IT tool to business enabler
» Virtualization beyond IT
» Built for virtualization
» IT leasing makes sense in tough times

Experiences

» The perfect virtual fit
» Selective outsourcing
» HP fuels The Indy Racing Experience
» Stepping up to service delivery
» The power of partnership
» Dressed for success

Solutions

» Pick-and-choose-support
» Getting the most out of outsourcing
» Teaching the data center to think green
» Storage briefs
» Data deduplication eases storage headaches

Technologies

» Mission-critical blades now available
» Taming the wild petabyte
» PDM moves up
» New 8P server addresses capacity, growth needs
» Storage for all sizes
» A SAN for all reasons
» Security without walls
» Putting petabytes to work for your company

Supplement

» The great leap forward
» Puzzled by power?
» The partner portfolio
» Server management simplified
» Two worlds as one
» The better road to open source
» Two blade servers in one
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