The 'Cloud' really can have a silver lining for British business

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Despite the economic outlook, recent research - commissioned by Microsoft - predicts that 18% of European SME's are planning to invest in new technology in the next twelve months.

The reason why? Because developing 'Cloud technology means that they achieve more computing power for less money. "Computer networks have evolved over the years from separate dedicated components to a unified intelligent infrastructure," said Paul Sweeney Managing Director of cloud infrastructure specialists ANS Group plc.

"These advances in technology mean that we can build stateless, fluid IT infrastructures that can deliver far greater computing power for a reduced spend. All businesses seek to reduce costs and maximise productivity and the cloud can deliver for them," said Mr Sweeney - whose company specialises in the provision of 24/7 managed IT services to both the public and private sectors.

SME's have the capabilities to grow quickly and provide the new jobs that our economic recovery so desperately depends upon and cloud computing is changing the way millions of firms conduct their business.

Cloud computing facilitates a wide range of business IT from using software provided by the internet to running management operations such as human recourses or accountancy.

ANS Group has harnessed many technological advances such as Cisco's Unified Computing and Nexus switching, VMware's Server and Desktop Virtualisation and NetApp's Intelligent Storage & De-duplication to create flexible, safe data centres for clients.

ANS Group has achieved a higher level of partner accreditation than any other IT organisation inEurope.

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