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combining the skills and resources of alliance members, UK businesses are better served

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

London, 5th July, 2011 – Maindec, 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 virtualization. Maindec 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.

Paul Timms, Operations Director at Maindec 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. By combining the skills and resources of alliance members, UK businesses are better served than might otherwise be the case with the technology used by them today, and less restricted by past technology choices and investment decisions.”

Ricky Hudson, CEO of Star, commented, “We welcome Maindec 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 organisations that they can get to know, grow with and trust. Together, Star, Maindec 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 Maindec

Maindec is a market leading IT Services & Solutions provider on multi-vendor platforms, specialising in business-critical IT service and support partnerships.

Maindec provides IT services and business-critical support on major brands including HP/Compaq/Digital, Sun, EMC, Dell and IBM Computer Systems, as well as offering Enterprise level IP Telephony solutions (VOIP) and installation and support on the entire Cisco range of networking products. Maindec also specialises in high-end storage and SAN solutions from EMC, HP, Sun and IBM.

Offering a full range of IT services, Maindec has applied its experience in virtualisation, storage and backup, managed print services and day rate engineering to enhance clients’ bottom line and green initiatives. Utilising its network of nationwide regional service centres, Maindec has built a reputation for its excellent customer approach, working with large organisations such as SECC Scottish Exhibition Centre, The White Company, University College London and Associated British Foods.

Maindec has also established strong strategic partnerships with vendors such as HP, EMC, Microsoft, Cisco, NetApp, Dell and IBM.

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

Maindec Press contacts

Max Deeley/Sam Turpin
itpr
+44 (0) 1932 578800
maxd@itpr.co.uk

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