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  • Blog Post: How a university saved $1.5m with virtualisation and management tools

    When I left the UK to move to Australia, we'd already had a few years of significant pressure on public sector budgets, and education had taken the hit alongside other sectors. At the time, there was a lot of talk about 'back office functions' as opposed to 'frontline services', and in many cases that...
  • Blog Post: What's the hybrid cloud model, and what does it mean for you? Switched On Briefings could help answer that

    In September and October, we're running a series of events – Switched On Briefings – on the ways that you can optimise your infrastructure using a hybrid cloud model. It's looking at it from a large-scale, enterprise architecture point of view, so it will be most suitable for infrastructure specialists...
  • Blog Post: BYOD in education–TechNet Jump Start training to help your planning

    BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in education is a recurring topic that is coming up in conversations, and pops up in the media regularly too. There isn’t a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to BYOD in education, as each institution has different needs, policies, attitudes and current position. For some education...
  • Blog Post: Reduce costs by virtualising Blackboard onto Hyper-V

    According to analysts, one of the drivers for IT changes in Australian universities services is the need to continue to drive down cost of delivering IT services. That’s not only for planned changes (eg new systems and services), but also for existing projects, where there is an opportunity to cut the...
  • Blog Post: Bring Your Own Device in education – will this workshop help with your planning?

    I know that there’s a lot of interest in Bring Your Own Device in education, especially in BYOD in schools. And whilst there’s plenty of buzz, the case studies I’m seeing at the moment appear to be driven by lots of enthusiasm and innovation – and with plenty of ‘learning experiences’ happening during...
  • Blog Post: Is quick disaster recovery something that’s important for education customers?

    Whilst I know that there are many differences between education IT and commercial IT, there are still more similarities than differences. For example, when I was reading a Delimiter case study about Coles IT systems , and their decision to virtualise their store servers onto Microsoft’s Hyper-V, I couldn...
  • Blog Post: This week’s webcasts - 19-23 September 2011

    Four webcasts to know about this week - one education-specific one (the Tech Tuesday) and three general technical ones. All of the timings for the webcasts are AEST (Australia East Coast time). See ** below for more details on how the webcasts work This week’s webcasts Microsoft SQL Server...
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