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  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Best of Microsoft Management Summit UK 2011–Registrations are now open!

    We would like to give you the opportunity to invite your customers to attend The Best of Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2011 on Tuesday 3 May at Microsoft London, Cardinal Place. Best of MMS UK 2011 will provide the best possible opportunity to learn about the latest IT Management products, solutions...
  • Blog Post: System Center for education - webinar recordings from end of November

    At the end of November, Rich Lane the resident techie of the education team ran a couple of webinars. If you want to have a listen in, you can view the recordings below. Secrets of successful desktop virtualisation: The Optimised Desktop VDI is a hot topic at the moment but what actually is it? When...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft ebooks

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about the free Virtualisation ebook. I'm still working my way through it on my Kindle - I've got to page 156 of 480, and am currently in the detail of desktop virtualisation. It's been really useful to help me understand some of the technical things I'd never understood about...
  • Blog Post: The Virtualisation Hub on TechNet - getting the right planning information

    The TechNet team create useful technical content for IT Managers, and their latest project is absolutely perfect for IT managers who are considering their next step with virtualisation projects. Predicting resource requirements for a new ICT application, especially one that is widely used, such as a...
  • 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 network managers in schools, colleges and universities talking about their virtualisation projects to know that it's very important to their ICT infrastructure - whether that's reducing cost, cutting carbon emissions...
  • Blog Post: Webinar on Application Virtualisation - 9th November

    On Tuesday 9th November at 2pm, Remote IT Solutions , one of our education partners, are running a one hour webinar for education establishments on application virtualisation. Given the large numbers of applications that you're supporting, across a wide range of curriculum areas, then this is one route...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Higher Education Briefing 2010 - 15th November 2010 - Microsoft Campus Reading

    We will be holding our annual Microsoft Higher Education Briefing on Monday 15 th November 2010 at the Microsoft Campus in Reading, Berkshire. The agenda for the event runs from 10:00 to 4:15 with breaks to catch up with colleagues from other universities. As well as getting the latest news on Microsoft’s...
  • Blog Post: The TechNet Springboard Tour - free event in Reading on 1st November

    The Microsoft Springboard team, based at our headquarters in Seattle, create really good content on TechNet to help you to understand and deploy our latest technologies. In a way, they are a IT manager's best friend, because they provide useful web guides that provide step-by-step processes for things...
  • Blog Post: Remote IT Solutions webinar - Optimise your desktop–Wed 15th Sept

    The team at Remote IT Solutions , one of our certified partners, are running a webinar on desktop optimisation –  where you can learn about the different components of the solution, and how it can help you to reduce your technical support and management costs for your university infrastructure....
  • Blog Post: Kingston University starts virtualising the desktop experience for 25,000 students and staff

    I’ve just been reading a press release from Quest , about Kingston University’s project to to give staff and students virtual access to their university desktop and learning resources from any location, on a wide range of devices, at any time. With 23,000 students, and 2,000 full-time staff to serve...
  • Blog Post: How to manage the risk of Internet Explorer 6

    If you’re still running Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) within your campus, instead of being on a later version, then you’re probably doing it for a very good reason – especially as many websites are reducing or removing support for IE6 (for example Google and YouTube both dropped IE6 support this year). And...
  • Blog Post: Freebie time - Desktop Virtualisation for dummies booklet

    Let’s start by getting the jokes out of the way. Yes, the ‘…for Dummies’ books are my kind of books. And, No, that’s not me on the front cover. Now, that’s over with… I’ve got my hands on 30 copies of the ‘Desktop Virtualisation for Dummies’ booklet to give away. And, let’s face it, desktop virtualisation...
  • Blog Post: 18th May - Manage the Future - Desktop to Cloud: The best of the Microsoft Management Summit

    The chances of persuading your senior management team to let you fly over to Vegas for the annual Microsoft Management Summit is pretty slim. So last week’s event went ahead without many UK delegates. Fortunately, the UK team have put together a “Best Of…” event, where you can get all of the best content...
  • Blog Post: What is our CIO thinking about?

    If you are responsible for IT in a large organisation, then one of the biggest challenges you face is the huge pressure from internal and external forces for constant change – and also to reduce your budgets. The Microsoft Chief Information Officer Tony Scott is no different. I recommend taking ten minutes...
  • Blog Post: tech days in London – Virtualisation, Office, Windows and Server

    Our technical team have put together a fantastic week of technical events from 12-16 April in London. Despite hosting them in a cinema, most of them were full within hours of announcing them, but if you’ve got the chance to get to one, I’d recommend adding your name to the Wait List for the events –...
  • Blog Post: From Hansard – Thin Client doesn’t equal energy efficient

    I like “ They Work for You ”, a website which tracks things which go on in Parliament. I use the RSS feeds of education ministers to keep an eye on news I’ve missed (such as new statistics published, or progress on big programmes), and I’ve also used it personally to contact my local MP about an approaching...
  • Blog Post: Free one day Virtualisation conference in London

    “Explore how to make IT more cost-effective in uncertain times. Microsoft and partners invite you to this invitation-only event.” Dan sent me details of our “Virtualisation and Management Conference” on 10th March. Overall it makes good agenda, but I do take issue with the phrase “ …in these uncertain...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation on Tour – November to January

    Between November and January, we’re running a free “Virtualisation Unplugged” roadshow – 9 events, 7 cities, 420 PowerPoint slides ( only joking…I think) There’s a lot of interest in virtualisation from universities at the moment, because of both the technical flexibility it can give, and especially...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation Unplugged at the Royal Academy of Music, London

    Virtualisation is all the rage, and as a result it is gaining attention across the whole public sector, including education. Originally focused on consolidating resources in the data centre, virtualisation now has applications across the spectrum: driving down costs, improving responsiveness and reducing...
  • Blog Post: A chance to get up to speed – with Steve Ballmer in London

    At the end of this month, Steve Ballmer will be in the UK, and providing the opening keynote for our UK conference “Technologies to Change your Business”. As well as the usual slew of new product announcements, I noticed that Microsoft Research will be showing off some of the future technologies. At...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Technet Events

    Not able to get to IT Forum?  There are plenty of events up and down the country coming up.  These are all deliverd by Microsoft technical professionals to a level 200 technical “how to” level for IT professionals and are FREE to attend.   Virtualisation and Management Technologies 21...
  • Blog Post: Mesh-up

    Well, it’s getting closer and for anyone not able to get access to Live Mesh yet then this should be good news.  My view is that Mesh would be just great for students by providing multi-point/device access to data.  Perhaps universities will introduce it as part of their live@edu deployment...
  • Blog Post: Event: The future of technology in education

    One of Microsoft's education partners in the UK, Waterstons , is hosting an event with Durham Business School and Microsoft in Durham on the 6 August 2008 at 12:00. The Agenda will be based on the following: Registration and refreshments - 12:00pm Seminar starts at 12:30pm Introduction Dominic Watts...
  • Blog Post: UCISA Seminar on Desktop and Application Virtualisation

    The UCISA team are running an event on virtualisation on the 26th June, and looking at the agenda it promises to be a day full of useful content. It’s being held up at Leicester University, and they are going to be talking about the work that they have done to implement application virtualisation with...
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