itwbennett writes "Taking an aspirin a day will keep you headache-free but it can also reduce your risk of heart attack. You're definitely getting your money's worth out of that bitter little pill. But experts say you can also get additional ROI from security, business continuity, disaster recovery and compliance investments, writes Daniel Dern in a recent article. In fact, you can get 'double or triple the value from "side effects,"' observes Jim Cuff, VP of strategy, Iron Mountain Digital. For example, tools purchased for compliance management can also help identify redundancies and other inefficiencies. Security appliances don't just provide security; they can also be used for performance and bandwidth management, and enforcing acceptable use policies. Or take the next step and use disaster recovery resources 'for part of your active environment, like load balancing, test and develop and QA, and backup, not something you have just in case,' urges Greg Schulz, founder and senior analyst of the StorageIO Group. And for the ultimate bang for your buck, take your facilities and knowledge and turn them into an external business offering."
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