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Recession boosts SaaS model

Antony Savvas

The economic downturn will make the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model more attractive to companies, according to a survey.

SaaS security software firm ScanSafe questioned 300 IT mangers and found 78% believe SaaS will increasingly appeal to companies because of the economic decline.

The survey found 86% believe IT security budgets will be cut in 2009. The survey also found 94% believe companies will look at less expensive methods of IT security in 2009.

The survey showed 54% would choose SaaS because of budget considerations. Primary benefits of SaaS were reduced maintenance (75%) and predictability of costs (71%).

"In this time of belt-tightening, the flexibility of the SaaS pricing model is becoming an important factor when choosing a security solution," said Eldar Tuvey, CEO at ScanSafe. "SaaS solutions are extremely cost effective given that there are no outgoings associated with hardware, software or maintenance."

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