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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Windows Azure Academic Training Days for Educators and Researchers

    Windows Azure is an open and flexible global cloud platform supporting any language, tool, or framework, and is ideally suited to educators and researchers’ needs across all disciplines. In association with Microsoft Research we are please to announce FREE training for academic educators and researchers...
  • Blog Post: Storage Powered by the Cloud – FREE StorSimple Webinar 20th Nov 2013

    Many organisations in the UK Public Sector are looking to do more take cost out of their basic IT operations and increase efficiencies since the Comprehensive Spending Review as they try to do more with less.  All organisations are keeping more and more data both for regulatory purposes. Cloud integrated...
  • Blog Post: Getting to grips with the Cloud – FREE Azure Webinar Series for educators and researchers

    The cloud is becoming more and more useful in education. There are stunning examples of academic research which are pushing the boundaries of data intensive science. Some of these great examples include the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN and this year’s publication of the fifth assessment report...
  • Blog Post: Looking for HPC - Windows Azure HDInsight is now generally available.

    HDInsight Services for Windows Azure is a service that deploys and provisions Apache™ Hadoop™ clusters in the cloud, providing a software framework designed to manage, analyze and report on big data. Data is described as "big data" to indicate that it is being collected in ever escalating volumes...
  • Blog Post: Azure DataMarket getting access to free and premium data for apps/services

    Have you ever wondered if there are anywhere you can get data and more importantly real data for apps and services. Is your One-Stop Shop for Premium Data and Applications with Hundreds of Apps, Thousands of Subscriptions, Trillions of Data Points which you can use in your apps/services. Windows Azure...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Faculty Summit 2013 15-16 July

    On July 15-16, Faculty Summit will bring leading academic researchers and educators together with Microsoft researchers and engineers from around the globe to share ideas and results about some of today’s most exciting new directions in computer science. Key subjects to be discussed this year include...
  • Blog Post: Tips and Tricks for Azure Usage

    No matter whether you’re targeting iOS or Android, PC or Windows Phone, Windows Azure has the tools. Use our services to build community sites. Let users sign in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or Microsoft accounts. Build an app from the ground up, or host a game you’ve already created. Explore and...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure for Game Developers

    Windows Azure allows game developers to focus on development and scale in the face of unpredictable demand. These resources showcase how real-life game developers are benefiting from Windows Azure. Quotes from developers “With Hadoop on Windows Azure, we can mine data and understand our audience in a...
  • Blog Post: Getting Started with Microsoft Big Data, Hive & HDInsight Jump Start

      This is the first of a three-Jump Start series tailored for those interested in a demo-heavy learning experience introducing Microsoft’s Big Data solution set. Live Event Details 17:00 BST Friday, 21 June 2013 END 22 Jun, 01:00 Register Now Microsoft Technical Evangelist Saptak Sen will start...
  • Blog Post: Great Set of Resources for Windows 8 and Cloud Developers

    Developer Tools for developers using the cloud in the public sector Windows 8 and SDK – Windows 8 and SDK samples DreamSpark – Developer and Platforms tools for students including Visual Studio Professional, Visual Studio Express 2012 – Visual Studio 2010 for Windows 8, Windows Phone and Windows Azure ...
  • Blog Post: Hadoop On Azure – Signup for CTP

    Hadoop On Azure allows a user to run Hadoop on Microsoft Windows Azure as a service.  As your aware from my previous blog this service is currently in private CTP with limited capacity, and by invitation only.  However my colleague WenMing has added some more capacity today, So if your an academic...
  • Blog Post: Openness Research and BigData

    Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage all your applications from System Center 2012. So how are academics using...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 RTM

    I am getting a lot of requests from the academic community for what support we are providing them for adopting the new Windows Server 2012? Another question is in regards to the alignment of training?  and how can this be aligned into curricula? with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Windows Azure - Spring 2012 Update

    The spring 2012 release of Windows Azure has many great new features and capabilities including new services focused on helping customers build or bring their applications to the cloud in their own unique way. These new services include: Windows Azure Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Media Services....
  • Blog Post: Learn all about Running Applications with SQL 2012 at TechEd Europe

    With only Four weeks to go! TechEd Europe in Amsterdam!  Will you be there to get up to speed on Microsoft latest technologies and tool sets?  http://europe.msteched.com/ Follow all the latest discussion on Twitter #TEE12 TechEd Europe on Facebook Reserve Your In-Person Experience At TechEd...
  • Blog Post: Big Data.. Big Opportunity

    Last week I attended The 2012 Eduserv Symposium. The event was focused on 'Big Data' and discussed whether Big Data represents a challenge or an opportunity and how we can best make use of it. This year's event was held at the Royal College of Physicians. The key message from the introduction was the...
  • Blog Post: University of Southampton sends a Nokia Lumia 800 to 105,000 feet

      We have been working closely with Steven Johnston and András Sóbester members of the Astra Research team from Southampton University over the past year, since last April when the team ASTRA team launched the first Windows Phone device with huge success. Over the past year, the ASTRA Atmospheric...
  • Blog Post: Power of the Cloud for Research

    Microsoft BizSpark , Techila Technologies have published a selection of new video explaining how cloud computing might be able to boost researchers success and innovation.  As changes and enhancements in cloud computing progress at such a rapid rate its important as researchers and academics you...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Research solutions

    Research solutions from Microsoft , targeted at research departments in higher education institutions, the aim is to help you rapidly establish a platform for secure, collaborative research using, smart tools for analysis, development and professional authoring - all underpinned by scalable High Performance...
  • Blog Post: System Center 2012 - Importance of Private Clouds within the Education

    Last week I had a  number of interesting discussions with Universities in relation to the importance of Private Clouds within the Education and the opportunity which public and private cloud offers institutions IT Services and academics. The opportunities presented are specifically in relation to...
  • Blog Post: Windows Azure updates December 2011

    Today we are announcing multiple updates to Windows Azure that improve ease of use, interoperability, and overall value. Key Highlights: New Developer Experience and Enhanced Interoperability Access to Windows Azure libraries for .NET, Java, and Node.js is now available under Apache 2...
  • Blog Post: SQL Azure Labs

    What is SQL Azure Labs? Azure Labs is a place where we test concept ideas and prototypes. The projects in labs are experiments with no current plans to be included in a product and are not production quality. Instead it is a place where we want to share our current thinking and ideas in specific areas...
  • Blog Post: 22nd Machine Evaluation Workshop HPC, Windows Azure and Techila moving your workload to the cloud

      I had the pleasure of attending the 22nd Machine Evaluation Workshop in Liverpool. Please find below a copy of the Microsoft presentation   MEW22 22nd Machine Evaluation Workshop Microsoft Additionally please find some technical materials about how the Techila solution. Techila is a middleware...
  • Blog Post: How much will Azure cost?

    Over the past few days I have had lots of question from academic’s in relation to COST the No1 Question being how much will the cloud or more specifically Microsoft Windows Azure cost? To try and help others struggling with this question here is a quick summary . Microsoft Windows Azure processor core...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Big Data Solution SQL Server, Apache Hadoop and Windows Azure

    Big Data Solution Microsoft’s end-to-end roadmap for Big Data embraces Apache Hadoop™ by distributing enterprise class Hadoop based solutions on both Windows Server and Windows Azure. The roadmap includes Microsoft BI tools such as SQL Server Analysis Services, Reporting Services and even PowerPivot...
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