Microsoft billed as ‘visionary’ for Windows Azure

      By Dan Scarfe, Dot Net Solutions     Recently Gartner released their magic quadrant for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service Providers: http://www.gartner.com/technology/reprints.do?id=1-1IMDMZ8&ct=130819&st=sb. It was fantastic to see Windows Azure placed in the visionary quadrant, outlining the breadth and depths of the platform and its completeness in Gartner’s eyes. We’re seeing the IaaS offering,…

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UCAS turns to Windows Azure and partner IPL on ‘A’ Level results day

ANNOUNCEMENT  For many in England, Wales and Northern Ireland yesterday was one of the most important of their lives. Hundreds of thousands of university applicants were anxiously on A level results day to find out if whether they had secured places at their chosen university or college. UCAS, the UK’s shared admissions service for higher…


TechEd Europe: The Keynote Announcements

TechEd Europe kicked off in style this morning with DJ Joey Snow getting everyone warmed up before Brad Anderson stepped on the stage to present the keynote with special guests Mark Russinovich, Brian, Kelly, Eron Kelly and Geoff Woolsey. With some great demo’s also on display. The main announements for the day were the product…


Whitepaper: A Guide to the Cloud Career Opportunity for IT Pro’s

Cloud computing has already started to change the way organisations think about their approach to IT. A new paradigm is emerging: one that is flexible, cost-effective and supports tactical and strategic objectives within the business. Cloud computing clears the path for innovation and agility in provision of IT services. But the big changes have barely…


Licensing Windows Azure

By Vicky Lea The time has come again to put pen to paper, or should I say fingers to keyboard, and write my next blog entry, this time on Windows Azure and how it is licensed. Firstly let us take a quick look at what Windows Azure is. When we talk about Windows Azure we…


Microsoft Partner Shaping Cloud Wins Place On Government Framework

                 National cloud consultancy and Microsoft Network Partner Shaping Cloud has secured a place on the UK Government’s G-Cloud Framework, paving the way for them to provide specialist cloud services to over 30,000 public sector organisations. The decision follows the news that the government has adopted a “Cloud First” policy for public sector IT, with…


Reminder: The Best of MMS UK 2013

Just in case you missed it, The best of MMS UK event is coming up very soon, the infrastructure track is now full but there are still spaces available devices track. We recently announced the availability of new solutions to help enterprise and SMB customers manage hybrid cloud services and connected devices with greater agility…


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…


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…


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.