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The UK Cloud Alliance is a great way to leverage the benefits of cloud computing

Trusted shortlist of UK-based firms to provide end-to-end cloud services

London, 5th July, 2011 – Modern Networks, today announced it is one of the founding members of a brand new initiative to bring clarity and trust to UK businesses looking to procure cloud services. The UK Cloud Alliance, a collective of UK-based technology firms and service providers aims to guarantee the full transformational benefits of cloud computing.

The Alliance will empower and enable UK businesses looking for new ways to answer their biggest challenges. The objective is to provide medium sized UK businesses with a collection of technology choices that can be delivered via Star’s private cloud platform and serviced by local specialists. This initiative brings together the best that cloud computing has to offer but delivered via local infrastructure and by local partners.

The 15 founding members of the UK Cloud Alliance span the breadth of enterprise IT and communications from telephony to security and from hardware migration to virtualisation. Modern Networks and its fellow alliance members support customers by adhering to a strict Code of Conduct that provides transparency and guiding principles to guarantee the customer’s best interests, in addition to Service Level Agreements and any contractual terms. UK businesses now have clarity and confidence in their choice of cloud computing provider.

Matthew Reeve of Modern Networks said, “The UK Cloud Alliance is a great way to leverage the benefits of cloud computing from a small and local collective of professional technology specialists. What we do together is combine our skills in order to serve UK businesses better than the technology that serves them today, so they are less restricted by their past technology choices and investment decisions.”

Ricky Hudson, CEO of Star, commented, “We welcome Modern Networks to the UK Cloud Alliance. Beneath all the hype, cloud computing is very much in demand by a significant and growing proportion of medium sized UK businesses. This is about serving up UK technology to UK businesses because they like being served by local organizations that they can get to know, grow with and trust. Together, Star, Modern Networks and the rest of the Alliance will bring the innovation and value promised by cloud computing to the most dynamic sector of the UK economy.”

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About Star

Star provides on-demand computing and communication services to UK businesses. Utilising an advanced cloud computing platform, the company has redefined how business people use and pay for the technology that supports them. Star’s On-demand Business Services™ are easy to use and pay for and are available any time and from anywhere, removing unnecessary costs for hardware, software and on-going maintenance. Since 1995, when Star was founded, the company has been an Internet technology innovator and pioneered the system for cloud based spam and virus scanning for business emails that became MessageLabs.

In the last 14 years Star has established itself as a leading IT and communications service provider of the highest pedigree looking after 3,500 UK business customers and their 500,000 users. Star has UK based data centres that sit within a network and communications capability that forms the basis of the Star Platform, from which a wide range of computing and communication services are delivered to customers. Star has over 230 employees working from offices throughout the UK, providing the highest levels of customer service and support. Star’s technology roadmap will deliver on-demand, cloud computing services to UK businesses who want immediate access to the latest enterprise technologies.

About Partner

Modern Networks began trading in 2000, providing Cisco and Ericsson MD110 support to Hillier Parker in London. Now, Modern Networks provides IT service, support and consultancy to deliver secure, efficient and flexible IT solutions.

Modern Networks deliver a superior quality of managed services with a combination of remote support and onsite engineers. Our role is to help our clients maximize the business value they get out of their technology assets. We provide best-of-breed solutions through partnership with the world’s leading technology vendors; Cisco, Microsoft, NetApp, VMware and HP.

The quality of our staff is central to our on-going success; which is why we invest so heavily into training and development for our specialist engineers. We pride ourselves on delivering IT solutions, which offer real business value such as reduced costs, increased efficiency and better customer service.

We understand that every organisation is different, which is why we use our expert knowledge and technical flair to define an architecture that’s right for your business. Modern Networks works across all sectors, designing tailor made solutions that remove the burden of IT, allowing our clients to focus on the success of their business.

UK Cloud Alliance Press contacts

Paul Maher/Emma Naylor
Positive Marketing
Mobile +44 (0) 7900 600013
Direct +44 (0) 20 8237 1104/0208 237 1107
pmaher@postivemarketing.org

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