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Source: CIO Today - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Security "All of the vendors have similar [product and marketing] concepts that they've demonstrated," says Tom de Swaan, CFO at ABN AMRO. "We were more concerned about how they met our needs in terms of service-level agreements and price points." Data center outsourcing is a different game from what it was earlier this decade. Contracts are shrinking from six to 10 years to three to five years, according to Deloitte Consulting. Single-provider mega-deals are on the wane, Gartner reports.

And while cost reduction is still a big reason for signing outsourcing deals, many corporations are no longer just interested in passing on "their mess for less," says Jeff Kaplan, president of Thinkstrategies. Increasingly, he says, IT executives look toward outsourcing providers for help migrating from legacy environments to the more flexible and lower-cost platforms of the new data center.

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