Notes from The Cloud Circle

Hi folks I’ve just jumped off stage and as promised here are a load of links about what I’ve just talked about, some of the companies I highlighted and other useful resources.  After the links you’ll find a SkyDrive based copy of the presentation – with notes.   Esri running on Windows Azure Air Products…


The week that was on the UK TechNet blog: 5 September – 9 September

It’s been a manic time here in TechNet HQ with all the handover that’s been going on. Nonetheless, better late than never here is your round up of last week’s action. September’s TechNet magazine is out now Meet your UK TechNet team SQL Server sprawl · Helping you tackle the 10 immutable laws of security


Why monitor Windows Azure with System Center?

One of the questions that I often get into when talking with folks normally have a dev head on around Windows Azure is why you’d want to be able to monitor a Windows Azure application with System Center and why you wouldn’t just build a bespoke monitoring solution since you’re building an application already.  The…

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Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2

One of the questions I get asked constantly is about the safety of placing your data into particular environments, so I was quite pleased when I noticed that we’d released the Data Classification Toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 which helps you to do one of the basic tasks you’ll have to undertake.  Understanding your…


The future of IT for MSPs

Today I presentated to a group of about a thousand managed service providers about Microsoft’s cloud and what it means for the future of IT.  I though I’d throw up this post to provide some extra resources like the deck embedded below that I used for the presentation.  I’d like to thank my friends at…


A tour of Microsoft’s Datacentres

A few weeks ago now we made the following video tour of our Datacentres available for all to see on the GFS website and also on YouTube.  At the time I forgot to post it but having just happened across it I thought it worth sharing.  I constantly get asked about the size and scale…

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Resources for IT Apprentices

Today I went to talk to a group of IT Apprentices at QA’s centre in Birmingham, thanks for a good day guys and especially to Lorette who organised the day.  If you aren’t sure what apprentices are then you should find out more about IT Apprenticeships, however this is probably mostly being read by the…


3 new heroes in next generation IT Departments

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 be some new roles that appear too.  These roles will start to shape how the…

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How the public cloud affects your IT Department

No one can fail to see how much impact the ideas of cloud are having on our organisations and as IT Professionals the most direct impact we feel is on us, on those we work with, on our IT Department.  It doesn’t matter whether your “IT”, “IS”, “ICT”, “Information Management”, “IM” or whatever 2 or…


How to turn your SharePoint site into a native app with 5 lines of code

The web has changed and things have moved on, not really a shock, but the evolution of the latest web browsers is changing things.  In particular Internet Explorer 9 allows you to take any site you see on the web and turn it into a native application by simply dragging a tab down to the…

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