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  • Blog Post: Saving money: Coventry University cuts £1m through virtualisation

    Coventry University has cut its computing costs by using Hyper-V to put business critical apps in a private cloud. Most organisations are looking to save money but academic institutions are under particular pressure as they cope with the pressure of trying to do less with more. Universities have...
  • Blog Post: Beyond Server Virtualization: Common Technologies for Your Move to Cloud Computing

    Gartner just released their 2012 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure *, and I am very happy to report that Microsoft is listed as a leader. You can download the full report at the link above, and I hope you read the research in detail. The report reviews Hyper-V in Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation in your school: Installation

    Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). Following on from our recent post in this series - deciding on your hardware for virtualisation , we’ll move on to installation. So you have run your trial, planned your virtualisation setup and decided...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation in your school: deciding on your technology

    Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). We recently posted about deciding on hardware for a virtualisation scenario in your school . So now you’ve done the planning, answered the key questions, and settled on the structure of your new virtualised...
  • Blog Post: Deciding on a virtualisation scenario for your school

    Taken from our Virtualisation with Microsoft® Hyper-V eBook (available to view and download below). Here’s a look at a typical small scale scenario: You are a school with only 4 servers, one of which is your Active Directory server, maybe a setup like the one below. For this scenario you could quite...
  • Blog Post: Building School Networks for the Future – Server Infrastructure ‘’System for the Future’’

      Back in January I posted the first in this series of blogs,  Building School Networks for the Future - with System Centre and Hyper-V from Stuart Wilkie, IT Manager at Marine Academy Plymouth. Outlining where Stuart started from, this second blog post in which Stuart has contributed, looks...
  • 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: Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V was a game changer for schools (eBook)

    The arrival in 2009 of Microsoft® Windows® Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V was a game changer for schools. This release of Windows Server included virtualisation built-in, for free. It means that if you’re already using Microsoft technology, you can work within that without adding a new layer of infrastructure...
  • Blog Post: Virtualisation with Microsoft®Hyper-V (New eBook)

    We’re conditioned to assume, especially in education, that a cost-saving measure will threaten the quality of what we’re able to offer. That being so, the news is more than welcome that in many schools, colleges and universities, information technology professionals are turning that assumption on its...
  • Blog Post: Migrate your virtualisation solution from VMware to Hyper-V and save money

    Did you miss our Hyper-V webcast? With Microsoft now being considered a virtualisation leader (Gartner  2011), many organisations are starting to consider switching to Hyper-V and saving money. Carmel College have done just that, and discuss in this webcast, the rationale behind their migration...
  • Blog Post: Consumerisation of IT in Education: Opportunities with Virtualisation Technologies

    Continuing with our Consumerisation of IT in Education series of posts, virtualisation technologies can also help organisations embrace CoIT. Virtualisation technologies provide us with the ability to run applications or full school desktops on a wider range of device types and operating systems. Presenting...
  • Blog Post: Saving money with Microsoft Hyper-V

    Overview More and more schools are starting to look at server virtualisation as a way of reducing cost, through hardware and energy savings. Since 2008, Microsoft’s virtualisation solution Hyper-V has been included as part of the Windows Server operating system, and is therefore a cost-effective yet...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 and Johnny Wilkinson 10, both clear winners for Lord Wandsworth College

    As England prepare for their match tomorrow against Ireland in the 6 Nations and, with any luck take on another win, I have spoken to Ron Lafferty, the IT Manager at Johnny Wilkinson’s old school; Lord Wandsworth College . Ron has just led the college through the deployment  of Microsoft Windows...
  • Blog Post: Some simple guidelines on moving to the cloud

    As more and more schools will be making the change and moving towards cloud technologies over the coming months, Microsoft want to ensure that our customers have the full support and any issues or queries during this transition. Planning, implementing and obtaining the right skills to ensure that this...
  • Blog Post: Halving the cost of servers at Leicester College with virtualisation

    As we talk about cost saving we keep coming back to server virtualisation. I don’t feel the need to make any excuse for that, because as so many schools have discovered not only does it provide substantial cost savings – and we all know how important that is – but it can also provide a better and more...
  • 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 - feed the geek inside you

    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 school network managers who are considering virtualisation projects ,or are wondering if they should be considering virtualisation projects. The reason that virtualisation is so important...
  • 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: An Education in ICT Efficiencies - a Dimension Data event on the 3rd November

    Over the last few months, I've been focusing on cost savings with ICT - you'll have seen many of the posts . But talking about saving money with ICT, and actually doing it, can be two different things. For example, knowing that you should be virtualising your servers to reduce cost is fine, but it would...
  • Blog Post: Is it time to write to your head teacher about budget cuts?

    It's half-term. Although for most of the school it will come as a relief, as the corridors and classrooms empty rapidly, for many of you, it will be a busy week, as you finally get the chance to do some of those ICT projects that can't be done during term-time. And it is also a time to grab a chance...
  • 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 network manager's best friend, because they provide useful web guides that provide step-by-step processes for...
  • 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 to reduce support costs for complex ICT infrastructures – like a typical school network. The webinar...
  • Blog Post: West Hatch High School saves £12,000 a year with virtualisation

    If you’re a regular blog reader, you’ll know that I’ve got a bee in my bonnet about cost saving – and the ways that your ICT could contribute to saving your school money. With the pressure on school budgets, and the big investment made in ICT over the last decade, then I think...
  • Blog Post: Saving money - how to get started with server virtualisation

    I’ve been writing quite a bit about examples of schools virtualising their servers, especially as it is one way to significantly reduce your school budgets ( Wootton Basset School , West Hatch School , Neville Lovett School and Lodge Park Technology College are all saving a minimum of £10,000 a year...
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