UK organisations rate the cloud as one of their top spending priorities. Cloud budgets are increasing this year in almost 45% of businesses. Hardware and software are the only areas seeing increases in more organisations. This is in contrast to Europe as a whole, where less than a third of companies said cloud budgets were on the rise. On average, more European firms are raising budgets for maintenance, staff, hardware and software than for the cloud, suggesting the UK is far more bullish about cloud computing than its Continental counterparts.