Claire Smyth

 

  By Claire Smyth, MVP Lead for UK and Ireland.


 

The rapid rise of cloud computing and the use of cloud services has provided an ever-increasing array of opportunities in IT: datacenter transformation, new data insights, people-centric IT and more modern business applications. To help IT professionals learn how to drive more efficiency and deliver new forms of value through the cloud, MVPs in the UK and Ireland have created an online event that brings together ‘real-world’ answers and hands-on experience to help businesses implement their own Cloud OS environment.

In September 2013 the MVP community in the UK and Ireland delivered the first Microsoft MVP Cloud OS Week!  Throughout the week these technical experts shared their real world knowledge with IT professionals and developers from across the UK.  The 5 day event focused on Microsoft Hyper-V Server, Windows Azure, SQL Server 2012, System Centre 2012 and Windows Server 2012 -  providing attendees a clear understanding of Microsoft’s vision for the Cloud OS platform.

MVPs continue to be the ‘real-world’ experts that help businesses understand how to move to the cloud and also help to realise the benefits of scale, speed, and agility while still protecting existing investments.  Building on the success of the MVP Cloud OS Week, we are pleased to bring you MVP Cloud OS Online. 

What is MVP Cloud OS Online?

On the 31st March and the 1st April 2014, MVPs will be releasing a series of online training videos that articulate how to rapidly build and deploy apps, flexibly manage IT services, and support real-time analytics across all forms of data. They will also highlight how the Cloud OS supports people-centric IT, allowing employees to bring their own devices and enhancing anytime, anywhere productivity.

Get a sneak peak of what to expect from a few of our speakers:clip_image001

MVP Aidan Finn, “The MVP Cloud OS online videos will be a rapid tour of the new functionality in Windows Server 2012 that can revolutionize the design of infrastructure and services in your computer room or data centre.”  Find out more about Aidan Finn

 

clip_image002MVP Kevin Greene, “Learn what’s new in System Center 2012 R2 - Operations Manager (SCOM) and how to use this new functionality to pro-actively monitor and manage your datacentre fabric and web applications.” Find out more about Kevin Greene



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MVP Damian Flynn, “My session as part of MVP Cloud OS Online talks about  ‘What is the Azure Pack?’ Quite simply, it is an amazing framework positioning “Windows Server” and “System Centre” to be delivered as a true set of IT Services in the elusive “single pane of glass”. The future is now, the future is “Microsoft Cloud OS”, and the Front door to this new era, is the Azure pack. Let the building begin.Find out more about Damian Flynn

How to get involved?!

To accompany each MVP Cloud OS video the presenter will be available on Twitter to answer any questions that you might have.  Please use #UKMVPCLOUD to tweet your questions and comments.  You can also contact me @ csmyth@microsoft.com

The sessions:
The agenda for both day’s is shown below. You can see when each video will be released, the topic that will be covered and the MVP speaker. Please remember these videos are pre-recorded and will be published and available to view online at the time slots listed below.

31 March: Transform the datacentre

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1 April: Empower People Centric IT

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Which session are you most looking forward to? Let us know via @TechNetUK

Remember to tweet your questions and comments to #UKMVPCLOUD during each session to hear directly from MVP Cloud OS presenters.