The 'cloud' really can have a silver lining.

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

Developing 'Cloud technology means that they achieve more computing power for less money while focusing on their business objectives.

"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...

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