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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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. ...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Operational Efficiency – How Kingston University delivers a virtual desktop to 25,000 students and staff

    Partners are vital to helping Microsoft deliver customer solutions built on the Microsoft platform. I was reminded of this when reading a recent press release from Quest , about Kingston University’s project to to give staff and students virtual access to their university desktop and learning resources...
  • Blog Post: Environmental Sustainability – Cheshire Fire & Rescue cuts ICT carbon emissions by 36 tonnes

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service responds to emergency incidents in the county of Cheshire. It also provides community safety advice, which reduces risks at home, in the workplace, and out of doors. The Service has implemented a new disaster recovery strategy to help the organisation comply with the...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting (Webcast): Virtualisation from desktop to datacentre (Friday March 13th)

    The next Live Meeting in our series on how you can optimise the use of Microsoft technology to improve the economy, efficiency and effectiveness of Public Sector ICT will focus on virtualisation. This Live Meeting explores the Microsoft technologies that enable Public Sector organisations to reduce...
  • Blog Post: Windows for Submarines Part 2

    My original blog posting on Windows for Submarines seems to have caused a bit of a stramash in the blogsphere. The comments vary from Victor Meldrew ‘I don’t believe it’ incredulity about the potential for the blue screen of death (that’s the way the commentators put it, not me) to the recognition that...
  • Blog Post: Saving Power with Windows Server 2008

    1.2 billion kilowatt hours per year or, to look at it another way, 0.8% of worldwide energy consumption. That is the estimate for the amount of electricity consumed by computer servers and the cost of that electricity has increased by more than 41% (double the rate of inflation) between 2000-2007. ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server Hyper-V - Seminar on August 13th

    Last week, Microsoft formally announced Hyper-V - the server virtualisation (or virtualization) component of Windows Server 2008. Hyper-V server virtualisation is already in full production use at one of the most accessed websites in the world - www.microsoft.com . The Microsoft site receives over...
  • Blog Post: Save the planet – turn your thermostat up

    I know the perceived wisdom is that we should all turn our central heating thermostats at home down by a degree or two to save money and reduce our carbon footprint. Oddly, the opposite is true in the world of IT. According to recent research by Dell , datacentre managers need to stop molly-coddling...
  • Blog Post: Live Meeting: Windows Server 2008 for the Public Sector - Tuesday June 3rd 10:00-11:00

    Our next Live Meeting is on the topic of Windows Server 2008 for the Public Sector , taking place on Tuesday June 3rd 2008 from 10:00 – 11:00 . The major new functionality and capability in Windows Server 2008 that can help you to increase the reliability and flexibility of your server infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Scotland 2008 Launch Event

    On 23 April 2008, Microsoft Scotland will be hosting a launch event for our Scottish customers and business partners at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. The day will include a welcome from Raymond O’Hare, our Director in Scotland, and a keynote from Bruce Lynn, Head of the UK Server Business...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 roadshow

    The TechNet roadshows are coming soon - in April and May the team will be on their way around the country, talking about (and showing) lots more of Windows Server 2008 and the other products launched this week. I know that the launch event in Birmingham in March was filled up very quickly, and there...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 - Launch Invitation

    The launch team have just released the link to be able to sign up for the Windows Server 2008 launch event (actually, it's also the Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 launch too). This is going to be held on the 19th March, at the ICC in Birmingham . The event is going to feature both Microsoft and...
  • Blog Post: IT FORUM: Windows Server 2008

    I'm at the IT Forum event this week - it's a week long tech-fest about current and future technologies from Microsoft. This year's event has 5,200 delegates and we're all sitting in a conference centre on the shores of Mediterranean in Barcelona ( not quite as wonderful as it sounds - it was 10-degrees...
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