Utility-like infrastructure pricing started with the mainframe systems of the 1960s. Analysts IDG remarked it was nothing new back in 2003.1 These days the majority of IT infrastructure is powered by the latest Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor family, such as those from Lenovo which are consistently rated #1 for customer satisfaction and reliability. However, present-day infrastructure challenges are leading vendors to offer compelling new flavours of utility-like IT and they are gaining traction with businesses. The key difference with new “pay as you go” (PAYG) offerings, compared to traditional leasing and financial instruments, is that you do not pay a flat rate for each month you keep the hardware. Instead, costs depend on your monthly infrastructure consumption (or usage). That’s why PAYG is also known as “consumption-based infrastructure”.