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This is the first of two Hyper-V and System Center case studies that will provide some interesting insights into ways of making the most of Microsoft Technologies.
The Isle of Man Government wanted to save money and boost services by moving its infrastructure—including 1,000 applications—to a hybrid cloud environment.
It chose the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system with Hyper-V technology and the Microsoft System Center suite to improve manageability.]
Here's what the IOM Government had to say about their experience.
“Our boost in performance speaks for itself—an eight-fold improvement in data availability, 40 per cent more storage resources with no extra hardware needed, and a reduction of 15 per cent in operating costs.” Peter Clarke, Chief Technology Officer, Isle of Man Government
You can read the full case study here!
This is the second of two case studies around Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center. The case study focuses on virtual infrastructure and business continuity and is worth spending a little time reading if you are looking to use these technologies.
The London-based practice needed a core infrastructure refresh to accommodate business growth, improve storage capacity, and ensure business continuity by virtualising its datacentres.
Zaha Hadid Architects deployed Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter with Hyper-V virtualisation software and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 for automated management.
Hear what Zaha Hadid's Head of IT thought of the solution...
“Using Microsoft System Center tools to service requests for updated versions of computer-aided design software has reduced demand on the IT team and helped us ensure licensing compliance.” Simon Johns, Head of IT, Zaha Hadid Architects
Download the full case study here!
Last week we announced System Center 2012 as part of the Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud event. The event itself was done in 3 parts and is now available to view as a series of webcasts.
Private cloud discussion with Microsoft executives: Insights and news
Executive panel and Q&A: Guidance and best practices
Envisioning Your Private Cloud: A scenario based demonstration from the Microsoft Technology Center in Redmond, WA. 30 Minutes Watch Now
Let us know what your thoughts are and how you will be using System Center 2012 by leaving a comment or sharing your feedback with us on Twitter.
You may also find our announcement and resources article relating to System Center 2012 useful.00
Microsoft Virtual Academy have a track dedicated to deploying Private Cloud scenario’s. The track covers:
During the 8 modules of this specialization, you will be introduced to all the elements of building the Microsoft private cloud. You’ll learn how to optimize and deploy the private cloud starting at the infrastructure layer. You’ll also be introduced to advanced virtualization management features and the concept and implementation of the System Center’s private cloud application service model.
After completing all of the modules you will have an understanding of:
Sign up to MVA and get started on this track now!
As the Device becomes more and more ubiquitous and powerful, organisations are placing greater focus on them to improve and increase their business revenues and practices. Devices such as Thin Clients, Point-of-Service terminals (Tills), Kiosks and Digital Signage are growing in their prevalence and importance. As such, organisations are now focusing on the effective management of all IT resources including those that traditionally may not have been managed using Systems Management Tools.
Do you currently use SCCM to manage your IT estate?
Do devices form part of your IT estate? If the answer is yes and these devices are built using the Windows Embedded operating system, the good news is that they can now be managed in exactly the same way as your desktop environment using SCCM and Windows® Embedded Device Manager 2011 which is designed to manage these types of connected Intelligent Systems.
Windows® Embedded Device Manager 2011 enables enterprises to deploy, assess and update Windows Embedded devices, providing a single management solution that offers enhanced insight into and control over IT infrastructure and systems by extending the capabilities of System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Windows® Embedded Device Manager 2011 provides enterprise customers increased ease of management and greater embedded device integration. IT Professionals can manage the most common Windows Embedded devices found in their enterprise environments including thin client, Point of Service, kiosks, and digital signage.
With Device Manager you have the ability to control your entire Windows estate (desktop, laptop and device environment) through one standard process offering greater visibility of the embedded devices your organisation has in its out laying offices, shops, retail environments and airports and terminals to name just a few. Providing greater control over these devices will ultimately increase uptime and availability and will also allow you to efficiently deploy patches with latest software updates.
To find out more:
Microsoft is partnering with 4 leading ISV partners – Metalogix, KnowledgeLake, Nintex and HiSoftware – to deliver a series of seminars across the UK starting February 27th 2012.
These half-day seminars will focus on the ‘SharePoint Customer Journey’ and will show users how to get more value from SharePoint and how to efficiently extend SharePoint to increase their business performance. Attendees will hear about real customer success stories and powerful partner solutions, as well as learning useful tips on how to quickly and easily get started. The event schedule, hyperlinked to the online registration pages, is as follows:
Edinburgh: 27/2/2012 (AM) Manchester: 28/2/2012 (AM) Reading: 29/2/2012 (AM) London: 1/3/2012 (AM)
These events are free to attend and provide a great opportunity to show existing SharePoint customers how they can extend their investment and expand adoption of SharePoint in the business. It’s also a great opportunity to increase license revenue, user adoption and deployment of advanced workloads.
This week has been very much about System Center and Private Cloud. There has been plenty of learning resources and training material to keep you going and get you up and running with System Center as fast as possible.
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