Join us for two days of IT Camps for the Enterprise 8-9th April @ Lotus F1® HQ
If there is one thing I have learnt from my time at Microsoft it is that we are all different. One area where this is obvious is that we all have different approaches to learning. Some people like to read the manual, some people need to be shown by others, and then there are those who just jump in an play. There’s no right answer here, but in many cases we are using varying combinations of all three.
One of the problems for the hands-on kind of people is that some of the technology requires a lot of kit to play with. Formula One is an example of this – all kinds of testing have restrictions on them and of course live testing in a real car is also very expensive, so teams like Lotus F1® have wind tunnels and complex computer simulations to learn about how to design the best car.
Getting hold of the kit itself and putting in the time to try things out can also be hard for IT Professionals. It can be hard to justify or get away from the front line and take time out to stand back from it all to assess new ideas and technology. This is especially hard for System Center because it needs lots of time to setup and requires more resources to test than most standard laptops or cloud servers have. System Center is such a big suite and, to really get it right, requires a setup with all the components working together which can take a lot of time. Not only that but many businesses are trying to get to grips with how to extend IT infrastructure through the use of cloud services, which is very new and requires understanding of new concepts as well as the tools themselves.
So we’d like to help with a bit of hands-on assistance in getting your head around the art of the possible in a modern software defined data centre that has a secure connection to cloud services for DR and scale.
To have your full attention we will need to get you away from your desk which may require some justification and encouragement. So we had a chat with the Lotus F1® team and they are letting us run our IT Camp at their HQ in Enstone. This is a two-day event with day one focussing on your data centre and day two stretching the data centre into the public cloud with Windows Azure.
The event is designed for those of us working in larger organisations running over 200 VMs where concepts like ITIL compliance process, automation and scale are important. There is also some very cool engineering from Lotus F1® on display and we have asked their IT guys to down tools and tell you about their world.
Register to secure your place at the upcoming event at the home of Lotus F1® team using the below links.
Here is some anonymous feedback from those who attended these camps in London last week:
"Great in-depth look into System Center. Real world experience from trainers is great!"
"Good overall introduction into Windows Azure, the hands-on demo's were well labelled and easy to follow"
"Very knowledgeable and charismatic presenters, with a great mix of labs and presentations"
Lotus F1® team HQ, Enstone
Tuesday 8th April - Re-discover Datacentre Management with Windows Server and System Center
Register here using invite code 44D558
Wednesday 9th April - Journey to the Cloud with Windows Azure
Register here using invite code D220FD
If you're not a racing fan, or the Lotus F1® dates don't suit, we're also running sessions at Old Trafford, Southampton FC's St. Mary's Stadium.
Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester
Tuesday 15th April – Re-discover Datacentre Management with Windows Server & System Center
Register here using invite code 7421BF
Wednesday 16th April – Journey to the Cloud with Windows Azure
Register here using invite code 509146
Southampton FC's St. Mary's Stadium
Wednesday 30th April – Re-discover Datacentre Management with Windows Server & System Center
Register here using invite code F76F8B
Thursday 1st May – Journey to the Cloud with Windows Azure
Register here using invite code 16F557
We're looking forward to meeting you out on the road! Have you signed up for an event? Let us know via @TechNetUK or by commenting below.