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…


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…


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…


Deciding on a virtualisation scenario for your school

Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). Here’s a look at a typical small scale scenario: You are a school with only 4 servers, one of which is your Active Directory server, maybe a setup like the one below. For this scenario you could quite easily use one…


Building School Networks for the Future – Server Infrastructure ‘’System for the Future’’

  Back in January I posted the first in this series of blogs,  Building School Networks for the Future – with System Centre and Hyper-V from Stuart Wilkie, IT Manager at Marine Academy Plymouth. Outlining where Stuart started from, this second blog post in which Stuart has contributed, looks at the next stage of using…


Microsoft Private Cloud Whitepaper: A comparative look at functionality, benefits and economics

Private cloud is a computing model that uses resources which are dedicated to your institution. A private cloud shares many of the characteristics of public cloud computing including resource pooling, self-service, elasticity and pay-by-use delivered in a standardised manner with the additional control and customisation available from dedicated resources.   In our latest whitepaper, we…


Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V was a game changer for schools (eBook)

The arrival in 2009 of Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V was a game changer for schools. This release of Windows Server included virtualisation built-in, for free. It means that if you’re already using Microsoft technology, you can work within that without adding a new layer of infrastructure and training. As Microsoft puts it,…


Virtualisation with Microsoft®Hyper-V (New eBook)

We’re conditioned to assume, especially in education, that a cost-saving measure will threaten the quality of what we’re able to offer. That being so, the news is more than welcome that in many schools, colleges and universities, information technology professionals are turning that assumption on its head. They have found a proven way not only…


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…