Did you know that Windows Server 2003 will reach end-of-support in July 2015?

Microsoft are providing a brilliant opportunity for all educational institutions to see the ease of stepping into the future of technology. Free, half-day workshops will be run nation-wide to show you how simple and efficient a cloud based platform can be. These events will teach you about the effectiveness of Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Centre and Microsoft Azure in order to benefit your institution!

Throughout the workshops you will be shown how the movement to a Cloud platform will personally benefit your institution. You will gain advice on how to migrate from Windows Server 2003, as well as the chance to interact with Microsoft experts.

For more information about these excellent workshops please see below:

 

Microsoft Transform the Datacentre Workshop

The Microsoft Transform the Datacentre Workshop is a ½ day event delivered jointly with our strategic partners at regional locations across the UK. Microsoft has been developing its Modern Datacentre and Cloud solutions over the past years and recently announced the availability of its latest private, hybrid and public cloud solutions that allow your organization to build, deliver and manage hybrid cloud services on your terms.

Today's applications need a modern platform that enables IT to manage all datacentre resources across multiple clouds, allows applications to scale dynamically, and allows you to secure and unlock insights on any data anywhere. Microsoft's Cloud OS approach delivers a consistent and comprehensive set of capabilities via Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure, across 3 clouds: on premise, Microsoft Azure and service providers, allowing you to take advantage of the hybrid cloud on your terms.

With Windows Server 2003 reaching end-of-support on July 14th 2015, now is the right time to transform your datacentre and plan your migration to a modern platform built on Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V and Microsoft Azure, and managed by Microsoft System Center 2012 R2.

The Road to a modern datacentre and the cloud might seem like a daunting journey for organizations that have already made significant investments in technology and applications. We will discuss how you can take a structured approach to migrating your legacy infrastructure and applications to a modern platform and extend your datacentre to the public cloud.

This free event will give you an opportunity to:

  • Understand how Microsoft’s Cloud OS platform can benefit your datacentre and business
  • Learn about Microsoft's Modern Datacentre and Hybrid Cloud solutions
  • Find out what's new in Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Center and Microsoft Azure
  • Get advice on how to migrate from Windows Server 2003 (EOS is July 14th 2015)
  • Interact with experts from Microsoft and our partners
  • Learn about our licensing options and early adopter customers

AGENDA FOR THE DAY

The agenda will include the following sessions:

  • 09:30-10:00 - The Microsoft Cloud OS Story
  • 10:00-10:45 - Building your Private Cloud on Windows Server and Hyper-V
  • 10:45-11:30 - Managing your Private Cloud with System Center
  • 11:30-11:45 - Break
  • 11:45-12:30 - Extending your Datacentre to the Public Cloud with Microsoft Azure
  • 12:30-13:15 - Considerations when Migrating from WS2003 to a Modern Platform
  • 13.15-13.30 - Licensing & Next Steps
  • 13:30-14:00 – Lunch

Who should attend: IT Decision Maker, IT Manager, Infrastructure & Server Specialist, IT Implementer


WHY MICROSOFT?

Today's applications need a modern platform that enables IT to manage all datacentre resources across multiple clouds, supports apps that scale dynamically, unlocks insights on data anywhere and enables you to securely deliver a personalised experience to any device anywhere.

Microsoft's cloud approach delivers a consistent and comprehensive set of capabilities via Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure, that will help you take advantage of the cloud on your terms.

USEFUL RESOURCES

Find a specialist Microsoft Partner. Our partner network can help you make the right choices at every step, from identifying the business case to deploying effectively. Find one using PinPoint. Click here

Free, online training. With almost 1 million IT Professionals already signed up, the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA) offers free online training on the latest Microsoft technology. Click here

Download and try the products for free. If you would like to get hands-on with any of the other Microsoft Cloud OS technologies, here are links to download free evaluation versions of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Microsoft Azure.

REGISTER TO ATTEND A MICROSOFT TRANSFORM THE DATACENTRE WORKSHOP:

LONDON 5th September 2014 REGISTER HERE >
LIVERPOOL 10th September 2014 REGISTER HERE >
READING 25th September 2014 REGISTER HERE >
CARDIFF 1st October 2014 REGISTER HERE >
LONDON 17th October 2014 REGISTER HERE >
ABERDEEN 29th October 2014 REGISTER HERE >
EDINBURGH 5th November 2014 REGISTER HERE >
BIRMIGHAM 12th November 2014 REGISTER HERE >
MANCHESTER 19th November 2014 REGISTER HERE >
LONDON 21st November 2014 REGISTER HERE >
BRISTOL 27th November 2014 REGISTER HERE >
GLASGOW 3rd December 2014 REGISTER HERE >
NEWCASTLE 4th December 2014 REGISTER HERE >
READING 11th December 2014 REGISTER HERE >

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For more information, please visit Microsoft Modern Datacentre