Saving money: Coventry University cuts £1m through virtualisation

Coventry University has cut its computing costs by using Hyper-V to put business critical apps in a private cloud. Most organisations are looking to save money but academic institutions are under particular pressure as they cope with the pressure of trying to do less with more. Universities have increasingly turned to virtualisation in a bid…

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Virtualisation in your school: Installation

Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). Following on from our recent post in this series – deciding on your hardware for virtualisation, we’ll move on to installation. So you have run your trial, planned your virtualisation setup and decided on the specifications for your hardware, all you…

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Virtualisation in your school: deciding on hardware

Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). We recently published a post about deciding on a virtualisation scenario for your school.  Now we are going to address how you choose your hardware. This means working out how many host servers you will need to buy, and to what…


Virtualisation in your school: deciding on your technology

Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). We recently posted about deciding on hardware for a virtualisation scenario in your school. So now you’ve done the planning, answered the key questions, and settled on the structure of your new virtualised environment. The next question is which virtualisation technology…


Migrate your virtualisation solution from VMware to Hyper-V and save money

Did you miss our Hyper-V webcast? With Microsoft now being considered a virtualisation leader (Gartner  2011), many organisations are starting to consider switching to Hyper-V and saving money. Carmel College have done just that, and discuss in this webcast, the rationale behind their migration from Vmware and give an overview of their migration project.  The…

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Windows 7 and Johnny Wilkinson 10, both clear winners for Lord Wandsworth College

  As England prepare for their match tomorrow against Ireland in the 6 Nations and, with any luck take on another win, I have spoken to Ron Lafferty, the IT Manager at Johnny Wilkinson’s old school; Lord Wandsworth College. Ron has just led the college through the deployment  of Microsoft Windows 7 a move that…

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Best of Microsoft Management Summit UK 2011–Registrations are now open!

We would like to give you the opportunity to invite your customers to attend The Best of Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2011 on Tuesday 3 May at Microsoft London, Cardinal Place. Best of MMS UK 2011 will provide the best possible opportunity to learn about the latest IT Management products, solutions and technologies from…

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Halving the cost of servers at Leicester College with virtualisation

As we talk about cost saving we keep coming back to server virtualisation. I don’t feel the need to make any excuse for that, because as so many colleges have discovered not only does it provide substantial cost savings – and we all know how important that is – but it can also provide a…

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System Center for education – webinar recordings from end of November

At the end of November, Rich Lane the resident techie of the education team ran a couple of webinars. If you want to have a listen in, you can view the recordings below. Secrets of successful desktop virtualisation: The Optimised Desktop VDI is a hot topic at the moment but what actually is it? When…

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