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UK Data in the Cloud
There is still a lot of inertia in the UK about storing data in the cloud for entirely valid reasons and rather vague uncertainties and doubt. For a few organisations keeping data in the cloud is exactly the right thing to do because those organisations want to actively share their information, the most...
21 Aug 2013
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
Microsoft, and Hadoop for Big Data
Despite common misconceptions Microsoft now has extensive interoperability with open source technologies for example you can run a php application on Azure, get support from us to run RedHat, SUSE or CentOs on Hyper-V and manage your applications from System Center. , So extending this approach...
5 Jul 2012
Cloud Cookery class
Cooks would rather not wash up, and the best chefs have someone else do the shopping prepare the vegetables etc. and often end up planning and managing the menus and kitchens. In our IT professional world I would rather not worry about patching, I hate doing all the repetitive boring stuff and would...
2 Apr 2012
Private Cloud IT Camps
I have covered some of what we do at IT camps in a couple of previous posts, but what we did in Birmingham and London this week was to launch a new kind of camp, on Private Cloud. This builds on knowledge gained at a Hyper-V IT camp and on Microsoft Virtual Academy and explain the how and why of...
23 Mar 2012
Managing a hybrid cloud with System Center 2012
Hybrid cloud is the term applied to the increasingly common scenario where a business runs some of its services in the public cloud but retains some on premises, although it is also possible to use assets from both to provide a service as well. For some business this is just a transitional step as more...
17 Feb 2012
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
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
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
System Center 2012–It’s all about the application
The Accountants, sales guys and lawyers in your business don’t understand or care about how fast your hypervisor is or how many nodes there are in your cluster. What they care about is that the e-mail works the intranet is up and the business can trade with its customers. In short they care about...
24 Oct 2011
SQL Bits 11 - Notes & Queries
If you didn’t manage to fight your fight your way through the Everton & Liverpool fans to SQL Bits I thought you might like to see some of the random questions I got asked.. How do I manage SQL Azure? I think the key thing about developing for the cloud is to ensure that your application can handle...
3 Oct 2011
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
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
Reach for the Cloud - System Center 2012
For me the most interesting stuff in the System Center 2012 is the cloud stuff. Some of this is obvious there’s cloud button in Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) 2012, and there’s even a new product in the line up, currently called Concero that is totally cloud focused as you can see from...
7 Jul 2011
Have a word with your accountant
I spent yesterday afternoon at a CIMA members meeting to discuss enterprise 2.0, on the back of some commissioned research by Manchester Business School (Heba El-Sayed and Chris Westrup). It occurred to me that a lot of this plays well into the world of the IT professional not least because both professions...
15 Jun 2011
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
Notes & Queries from TechDays 2011
I have been at TechDays Live all last week and although I did a bit of presenting, I was mainly there to listen and keep the week running smoothly. I scribbled down a few notes during the various sessions I was in which I thought might be of interest: Easyjet have an amazing set of stories around...
1 Jun 2011
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...
2 May 2011
Cloud and emerging economies
I just noticed a comment on our UK TechNet blog about how public cloud could put emerging economies at more of a disadvantage than those in developed countries. The comment I saw specifically mentioned broadband as the problem as cloud services need internet connectivity. However while in...
15 Apr 2011
Using System Center Advisor
In my last post I fired up the new release candidate of System Center Advisor , and this is what it looks like after I have left it running across a couple of servers I have pointed to the servers.. Just one thing to note, in my last post I introduced Advisor as “essentially Systems Center Operations...
6 Apr 2011
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
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
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...
17 Feb 2011
System Center Essentials and the Self Service Portal
I was looking at the Self Service Portal (SSP), a free add-on to System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), recently and wondered if this would work alongside System Center Essentials 2010 (SCE) to create a basic private cloud. If you haven heard of the SSP it enables business users...
14 Feb 2011
The future of the Domain Controller–A guest pot by John Donnelly
Andrew asked a really interesting question back in December about the future of domain controllers. I’d like to point out two complementary paths that may converge in the future and work out a possible user story for them. The first path is represented by Active Directory Federation Services. ADFS v2...
27 Jan 2011
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