The objective is to provide medium sized UK businesses with a collection of technology choices
Star announces its addition to the HP CloudAgile programme
LONDON – Star, a provider of on-demand computing and communication services to UK businesses, proudly announces CloudAgile membership. CloudAgile is a Hewlett-Packard (HP) programme designed to support service providers with a mutually beneficial relationship that helps to expand the popularity of cloud based services in the UK.
The new initiative will bring clarity and trust to UK businesses looking to take advantage of what the cloud has to offer. The objective is to provide medium sized UK businesses with a collection of technology choices that can be delivered via Star’s virtual private cloud platform, powered by HP technology.
Andrew Duce, HP Service Provider Programme Manager, said “Together, HP and Star will extend their already very positive relationship to offer more customers streamlined and integrated services that help promote new ways for UK businesses to become more agile and efficient, while ensuring better protection of their information assets that translate to lower risk and greater cost-savings.”
As a member of the programme Star will have early access to HP product roadmaps, jointly plan solutions and collaborate on a technical level. As HP aims to tap into global cloud services, which it estimates will reach $143 billion by 2013, it understands that it can better support new customers, particularly at the medium sized level, with the help of partners such as Star.
Paul Watson, Interim CEO of Star said, “We are now beyond the hype phase and cloud computing is in demand by a significant and growing proportion of UK businesses. Many of our customers are of a similar size to Star which means we share common cultural values and greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with each other, which is fundamentally important as cloud is all about collaboration to create the best customer experience. Together, with HP, we can not only provide the physical technology needed but develop ideas that will help our customers achieve their objectives.”
Duce concludes, “With HP’s technical ability and Star’s powerful customer relationships, customers will be treated to the opportunity they deserve to cost effectively access the best technologies available today and for the long term.”
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 ongoing 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 email 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 3,000 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.
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