Transform the Datacentre: Discover how cloud tools are shaping the future of IT

Ahead of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Borough of Newham Council needed to accomplish two seemingly opposing goals. It needed to improve staff productivity by giving them remote access to data – but it also needed to find a way to reduce IT costs. By moving to a private cloud solution the council…

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Cloud Computing – Free Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit

‘Heterogeneous’ is one of those over-used IT buzzwords that, stated more simply, recognises that most real-world IT environments are a combination of different applications, systems and devices from a multiplicity of vendors. Understanding the complexities of any heterogeneous IT environment can complicate the process of upgrading and migrating to the latest technology to increase operational…

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Operational Efficiency – Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Summit – November 30th

The Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual Summit is your opportunity to find out about all the latest developments in Microsoft’s systems management suite of technologies.  It is taking place on November 30th and, as it is an online event, you can attend from the comfort of your own office. The Microsoft System Center 2012 Virtual…

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Operational Efficiency – Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Saves Money and Improves Efficiency with Hyper-V

Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service is the largest in Scotland, protecting more than half the population. It has nine area headquarters managing a total of 111 community fire stations. The service needed to reduce operating costs and reinforce its green credentials by virtualising servers. Bandwidth limitations at nine remote sites had reduced the potential for…

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Cloud Computing Update – Security and Virtualisation in Government using Microsoft Hyper-V

My colleague and Microsoft UK Chief Security Advisor, Stuart Aston, has provided me with the following update and clarification to an earlier posting on Microsoft Hyper-V for use by public sector organisations in the UK. As Government and their suppliers “reach for the cloud”, it is clear that virtualisation and simplicity are vital components in…

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Cloud Computing – Transform Your Datacentre with Microsoft Hyper-V and System Center

Microsoft Tech.Days 2011 is a week long programme of events designed to inspire and inform, showcasing the latest Microsoft technologies, products and platform investments. You’ll be among the first to hear breaking news; see live developer demos from Microsoft experts; meet key players in the Microsoft team and appreciate the phenomenal pace of the changes…

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Cloud Computing – Security and Virtualisation in Government using Microsoft Hyper-V

As Government and their suppliers “reach for the cloud”, it is clear that virtualisation & simplicity are vital components in its success and in driving down the costs for government. However, it has come to our attention that there seems to be some confusion on the suitability of Microsoft’s Hyper-V for use by UK Government…

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Cloud Computing: Hyper-V Private Cloud Roadshow Events Across the UK

Here is an ideal opportunity for you to find out what you need to know about Microsoft’s approach to, and technology for, private cloud computing.  Together with Microsoft partners we are hosting a series of Hyper-V cloud events the length and breadth of the UK during March and April 2011. The Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Roadshow will…

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Your complete guide to virtualisation - as a free download

Let me make it absolutely clear – I am not a virtualisation expert. But I have heard enough IT managers talking about their virtualisation projects to know that it’s very important to their ICT infrastructure – whether that’s reducing cost, cutting carbon emissions, managing their workload, or improving their network reliability and service levels. But…

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Operational Efficiency - Hyper-V versus VMware ESX & vSphere Operations & Management Cost Analysis

Every public sector organisation is striving to reduce the costs of their ICT operations.  One area of investigation by many organisations is virtualisation.  But which technology and what savings can be expected in ICT operations?  Microsoft has just published independent research which examines which platform is less expensive in IT labour to operate on an…

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