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Build a Pioneering Cloud with Microsoft Hybrid Datacentre Technologies
Fresh from The Register's Windows Azure webcast and our trip aboard the pioneering Concorde to take your Cloud questions at twice the speed of sound, we're back with more free CloudOS events and chat on the 14th November. This time around the subject matter is Microsoft hybrid datacentre technologies...
6 Nov 2013
Getting Started with Windows Azure and IaaS
Are you an active user of Windows Azure? Tried it and not convinced, or yet to give it a go? There are a whole range of resources available to help you get to grips with the Cloud and harness the power of Azure, and we have recently released a number of new free documents on top of what's already out...
10 Oct 2013
Great Reads: Infrastructure 8 October 2013
The best infrastructure reads of the past week, including Windows Azure Pack, Virtualization, Supported OSes on Hyper-V, The Azure NOC, PowerShell to gather pref data, Windows Azure for IT Pro, MDT for servers and failover clustering in Windows Server 2012 R2. The post Great Reads: Infrastructure 8 October...
8 Oct 2013
Major airline goes big on Surface tablets and Nokia smartphones
By Asavin Wattanajantra , writer at Metia . This week we took a glimpse into the future, with the news that major US airline Delta will be giving 11,000 of its pilots a Surface 2 tablet device to use on its planes . It will make a big difference – stored on the tablets will be electronic...
3 Oct 2013
Windows Azure for IT Professionals
“The Windows Azure public cloud platform is one of the three pillars of Microsoft’s Cloud OS vision that will transform the traditional datacenter environment, help businesses unlock insights in data stored anywhere, enable the development of a wide range of modern business applications,...
3 Oct 2013
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...
21 Aug 2013
Tech Ed Challenge - The results
WOW and when I say WOW I mean WOW! The TechNet team have been overwhelmed by the response to the TechEdChallenge ! We received nearly 500 entries to the competition and had to judge more than 40 Blog article submissions. On behalf of the team I wanted to thank each and ever person that took the...
5 Jun 2013
Microsoft and Hortonworks Share Hadoop Insights at Yahoo! Hack Europe: London
By Chris Harris Combining forces, Microsoft and Hortonworks were excited to provide all the hackers access to the HDInsight Service during the London Yahoo! Hackathon weekend . The hackers got a chance to learn about Hadoop and really put the new Hadoop Azure service through its paces. Windows...
13 May 2013
The TechEd Challenge - It's still not too late to enter if you've not done so - a sneak preview of what you could win!
Have you entered the Tech Ed Challenge yet? If not, why not? Just by entering you could win a ticket to TechEd Europe , that's right, just by completing a form and downloading one of the products, you are entered into the draw. If you download/sign up for all three then you've got three times the...
7 May 2013
Guest Post: Analysing Twitter Data with Hadoop and Power View
By Jen Stirrup In the first part of this blog series , we looked at how social media data is a big driver for Big Data technologies such as HDInsight. However, once it is in HDInsight, how is it possible for business users to access the data using familiar tools such as Excel? Large datasets can become...
23 Apr 2013
Infographic: The State of Cloud Storage in 2013
Do you wonder how the different cloud storage offerings stack up? Nasuni.com have been doing some research and have produced the following infographic for you to enjoy. Pop over to their website to view the full report.
22 Apr 2013
Guest Post: The allure of Azure - IaaS goes live
By Dan Scarfe, CEO of Dot Net Solutions I remember the day clearly. It was February 25 th 2009 and I was sitting in the Platform Adoption centre in Redmond at a Software Design Review for Windows Azure . I recall us having a debate about IaaS and PaaS. Coming from a development background myself, a number...
16 Apr 2013
Tech Days Online - 24th April - 26th April - Speaker Announcements Part 1
With just over a week until Tech Days Online , we thought it was about time we started to let you know who was going to be presenting. When the team sat down to pull the agenda together, we wanted an agenda that had Microsoft technical experts as well as technical experts with more of a "real-world...
15 Apr 2013
Posterous is shutting down on 30th April. Use these click-by-click instructions to move your Posterous Blog to your own private Wordpress web site.
Posterous was bought by Twitter on the 12th March last year and is about to be shut down on the 30th April this year. If you have a blog on Posterous Spaces, you have until the 30th April to move it. After that date, your content will be gone and it will no longer be possible to get hold of it. If you...
4 Apr 2013
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...
22 Mar 2013
Video: Explanation of Pop-up Labs in the Cloud
Devs, IT Pros, Architects, Marketeers, Salespeople, Business-oriented people – they are all rapidly becoming part of the pop-up lab phenomenon. Until now it was very difficult for private individuals with an interest (whether casual or professional) in large-scale IT, to build large IT labs – the capital...
19 Mar 2013
Tech.Days Online is Back! 24th/25th/26th April
New years resolution: must blog more! It's only taken me to the end of January to start my resolution but I'm going to try one blog article per month. We're bringing back Tech.Days Online on the 24th/25th & 26th of April. This time with more days and more topics. Simon and Andrew will be back...
30 Jan 2013
Three Windows Azure UK Events to Start 2013
You’re back to work and ready to learn the latest new technologies in 2013. If Windows Azure and cloud services are your thing then these 3 events that are coming up in January should definitely be added to your calendar! LIDNUG presents Scott Guthrie's 15th Open Q&A, 15th January - Online...
8 Jan 2013
Evaluate This–Windows Server 2012 AD DS
Last time I posted about how you can use Windows Azure to setup a test lab for yourself without the need to spend anything or have any hardware lying around to play with. In this video I show you how to take that one step further and build your first Domain Controller in your first forest, which...
4 Jan 2013
Evaluate This–Windows Server 2012 on Windows Azure IaaS
If you’re looking for an easy way to start evaluating Windows Server 2012 this couldn’t really be any easier, quicker, cheaper or faster (if you have 30 mins you can do this). Windows Azure’s IaaS features make it is as simple as it could possibly be to setup a test lab without the use of any hardware...
3 Jan 2013
Event: Video: Slide Decks: from first 2 days of Six Steps to Azure
Six Steps to Windows Azure launched last week with over 160 attendees over the 2 days at our London kick off events which were run in partnership with the UK Windows Azure User Group. Our first event Azure in the Real World showcased some fantastic real life solutions. Our second day focused on...
15 Nov 2012
TechDays Online 2012 Session Video’s Now Available
Here are the session video’s for each of the sessions from TechDays Online 2012. Day 1 Session 1 - Introduction to Windows Server 2012 We start by taking a look into the Next Generation File Server that is built into Windows Server 2012. We have lots of features powered by SMB3 which we will also take...
8 Nov 2012
Event: Fresh round of Windows Azure Camps announced in the UK
We’ve just announced a fresh round of free one-day hands-on camps in the UK for Windows Azure developers and IT Pros. Windows Azure Camps for developers: Join us at a developer camp which focuses on the Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) features of Windows Azure. Mostly this means Windows...
17 Oct 2012
Event: UK announces Six Steps to Windows Azure starting 8th/9th November. Register Now.
Six Steps to Windows Azure – Starts on 8 th and 9 th November: Six Steps to Windows Azure programme which offers a series of free technical events and online sessions on the Windows Azure Platform . The programme aims to guide those currently building apps or considering the cloud on how to take full...
9 Oct 2012
Event: Don’t forget the free UK Windows Azure Camp for the IT Pro, 27th Sept.
This camp is aimed at the IT Pro. On it you will build and deploy an entire SharePoint infrastructure with a dual-machine server-farm, Active Directory Domain Controller and SQL Server. On the road to that infrastructure you will create a dual-server, load-balanced IIS website, a WIndows Azure...
19 Sep 2012
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