Windows Server 2012: round up of resources and events you should now about

Last week was a big week here at Microsoft with the full launch of Windows Server 2012. Built from the cloud up, Windows Server 2012 really does expand the definition of a server operating system with significant new advancements in virtualisation, storage, networking and automation. Hundreds of new features can also help achieve a truly…

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The questions to ask yourself before buying IT

Guest post by Dave Rogers, Services Director at Microsoft partner, Ultima Business Solutions.  Many organisations I talk to these days complain that their IT infrastructure is slowing them down, yet too expensive to replace. More often than not it’s because they’ve:   inherited systems or their IT has simply grown organically over time   made knee-jerk…

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Virtualize your way to the cloud with Hyper-V

This post, writtend by Mitch Irsfeld, Editor, TechNet Flash, was first published on Wednesday 1 February. Please note that to access some of the resources linked here you will need to sign in with your Windows LiveId. If you don’t yet have one, it’ll take you just a couple of minutes to create one.   Virtualize…

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New white papers

We have two new white papers available to download. The first is called ‘Define your private cloud strategy’ and you can download it here. The paper focuses on providing a strategic framework along with key considerations for when your organisation is considering cloud computing.   The second is our ‘Black book of core infrastructure references’ and…

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Why companies are turning to Microsoft private cloud solutions

Cloud computing is at an inflection point. According to Forrester Research, the global market for cloud computing will grow to more than $241 billion in 2020. With the rapid growth in cloud services and increasing industry hype, customers are making decisions today – about where to invest and with whom – that have long term…

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Virtualisation: bringing ‘green’ and cost-saving benefits to cash-strapped businesses

For many midsize organisations in the downturn, yesterday’s laudable intentions to minimise their carbon footprint have been superseded by today’s more pressing need to cut overheads. But as Paul Curran discovers, when it comes to IT, it is still possible to go ‘green’ and watch the pennies too… Cloud computing has been hailed as the…

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3 new heroes in next generation IT Departments

Guest post from Simon May, IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft. Check our his blog here. I’ve already highlighted how IT departments are going to change over the next few years a few times and what some people in those departments are going to be doing as their roles inevitably change but there are going to…

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Virtual solutions to real business challenges…they really work!

Guest post from Cindy Bates, Vice President, US Small and Medium Sized Businesses (US SMB) Do these challenges sound familiar to your business – a limited IT budget, high electric bills and an ongoing struggle to make efficient use of your IT staff’s time and your hardware and software investments? You’re probably no stranger to…

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Getting business done with #MSFT virtualisation solutions

Using existing or new hardware, shifting compute resources where they are needed, virtualised server capacity can be far less expensive than buying and operating new hardware in anticipation of future demand. Memory, storage and processor capacity can be configured to squeeze more from your existing IT investment and, if needed, virtual machine configurations can be…

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Case study: Liberty Wines saves £45k and improves business continuity with virtualisation

Here’s an extract from a just-published case study on wine importer and distributor Liberty Wines. The company wanted to speed up business processes to improve the way they met the needs of customers in the fast-paced world of fine dining. Updating its existing IT infrastructure was an important part of this plan. Recipient of multiple…

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