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TechDays on Line 2015–it gets better
I have been out in Seattle for the last couple of weeks as a roving reporter for our upcoming TechDays Online 2015 and I have managed to get footage of some of the engineers who write the stuff we all use. I have also been having coffee with some of them to make sure we can share the very latest thinking...
31 Jan 2015
IT Camp - Extend your Data Centre with Azure
I have been on a journey over the last year that some of you may already be embarked on and that is to transition my skills to use cloud services and specifically Azure. For me it’s like going to America, the language is similar, the culture less so and everything over seems to be much bigger such as...
18 Dec 2014
IT Camps–What are they good for.
One of the most rewarding yet most difficult part of my job over the last three years has been involved with designing and delivering something called an IT camp. So I thought it might be useful to explain what they are in case an invite lands in your mailbox. What IT Camps are: Technical. it’s designed...
17 Dec 2014
Don’t be a turkey
It’s not great being a turkey, pheasant or grouse at Christmas, but my Christmas sketch this year isn’t too worried as he’s a protected and valued Capercaillie. In the same same way the cloud first world might not seem like a great time to be an IT Professional but there are certain species who are similarly...
25 Dec 2014
Learning Machine Learning using a Jet Engine
In this post I want to try and explain what machine learning is and put into context with what we used to do when analysing and manipulating data. When I started doing all this the hot phrase was Business Intelligence (BI), but this was preceded by EIS (Executive Information Systems) and DSS (Decision...
7 Aug 2014
Microsoft Virtual Academy
I don’t think data centre management or the private cloud is particularly difficult to learn, but it could be easier to find out where to start. Of course if your focus is virtualisation or you only make tools in this space then your site should make this journey pretty straight forward. ...
24 Mar 2011
Project Atlanta part 1 – Introduction
In the post Christmas rush to get fit the well off will have personal trainers assigned to them to help get back into shape. Similarly in the world of SQL there is an abundance of experts to help ensure that SQL server is as lean and mean as possible, however not everyone can afford that expertise, or...
18 Jan 2011
How Dense are you?
One of the drivers to moving to the cloud be that public or private is the promised reduced management overhead and cost savings. Part of this comes from how effectively infrastructure can be utilised and so partially idle virtual machines can be consolidated alongside each other to get the most out...
17 Dec 2010
Mixing the public and private cloud
No one except startups will completely embrace the public cloud immediately. This means that a mixed environment of some services on site and some not will persist for some time in many organisations. For any given service, a decision will be made about where to put it , in the public cloud to...
9 Jun 2011
What is ADFS, and why you should care?
Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) doesn’t sound like the most exciting topic for a post, but I am going to post on it anyway precisely because it is boring. First let me log in to windows with a Live ID.. You’ll notice I have used my Microsoft alias to sign in, and I haven’t entered my password...
9 Jun 2010
Event: IT Camp Leeds Feb 28th
Back in December Simon and I invited a few friends along to help us beta test a different kind of event, an IT Camp . The idea is simply to do smaller, more interactive events where discussions and questions are encouraged. The presenters, (Simon and I) being a bit more in the background...
1 Feb 2012
Back to Skool
Getting time, and resources to stay current with technology is always hard for IT professionals even when that training applies directly to your role. If you are thinking of cross training because for whatever reason you can’t see a future in doing what you are currently doing then you’re...
11 Aug 2011
3 clouds and a screen
No I haven’t got the numbers the wrong way round, the three clouds I am referring to are the three tracks we have put together for TechDays on 8th October and the screen is where you’ll be watching it as this is Online rather than in person. Those three tracks are: Cirrus Room - A high-level summary...
23 Sep 2010
Windows Server 2012 IT camps
I have been out in the US for the past four weeks, and during my absence the rest of the UK TechNet team have filled my diary with various events including the next series of IT camps. These camps will all be on Windows Server 2012 specifically around how virtualisation changes in this release...
20 Aug 2012
SQL Azure Update
The annoying thing about cloud services like SQL Azure is that they keep changing as more features are added. The great thing about cloud services like SQL Azure is that they keep changing as more features are added. So if I write post about version x of SQL Server that has some value while that version...
3 May 2011
Normal Service has been resumed
I’ve just got back from 5 weeks off in NZ to celebrate my 50th lap of the sun, hence the guest posts on here recently. Just before I went away the UK TechNet team setup Tech Days Online .. based on a chat Simon and I had about what 2011 holds for the IT Professional which you can watch here...
18 Feb 2011
Virtualisation Good management tools Private cloud appears Public cloud worries Cause myth and uncertainty, Trust is essential [ Haiku is a strict form of Japanese poetry dating back to the 1600s]
8 Jul 2011
A cloudy day at EZE IT
I got asked to do a 40 minute slot on Virtualisation and cloud at a partner event to day run by EZEIT , while Simon got the tough job of condensing windows deployment down to 40 minutes as well (his post and deck is here).. I got a bit flat footed here, as the audience were already familiar with...
27 Oct 2010
Just the Facts
I spent the first part of my career working IT for various UK government departments, and in every case we had exacting methods for working out the total cost of ownership (TCO) of any IT system we acquired, the point being it was our model based on the way IT is run in our organisations. This...
21 Aug 2013
SQL Azure – Back to the Future
As I write this I am setting up a SQL Azure database to use as the source for some of my BI demos over the coming months, and the experience takes me back to when I first started in business intelligence. If you haven’t come across SQL Azure, imagine someone has set up SQL Server for you on a server...
15 May 2010
SQL Server 2012 and the private cloud
Putting up a marketing slide that says SQL Server is a good private cloud citizen is good marketing, but what’s in the box to back the claim up? My top three would be: Windows Server core . Patching is a major maintenance problem with lots of virtual machines, and server core cuts that in half...
1 Nov 2011
Microsoft System Center and BMC Management Tools Integration and Interaction
In his second guest post Greg Charman from Kelverion has a look at BMC integration. Many customers have made large investments in both Microsoft System Center and BMC Datacenter Management Tools. Historically integrating these two vendors product sets has been challenging and time consuming.With the...
14 Feb 2012
Bye bye Atlanta, Hello System Center Advisor
One of the many announcements to come out of the recent Microsoft Management Summit was System Center Advisor . Essentially this is Operations Manager (SCOM) in the cloud, so a sort of InTune for servers. I had a look at the precursor to this, Project Atlanta back in January, but at the time it...
4 Apr 2011
Five New Year’s Resolutions for 2011
I think a lot of people, IT Professionals included are worried about the year ahead, so here are some likely problems and my new year resolutions: Energy prices are spiralling This means the cost of moving whole atoms rather than just electrons is even more pronounced than ever, so moving data...
4 Jan 2011
Microsoft is all in
When Steve Ballmer says “We’re all in the cloud” this should be viewed in the same way as when Bill Gates talked about “a PC in every home”. I could quote statistics on the investment Microsoft is making in the cloud or show you some cool pictures of containers in one of the data centres...
5 Oct 2010
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