Royal Mail tells The Register how it's using private cloud
Back by public demand: this time it's virtual
Broadcast Holmes and Watson. Kirk and Spock. The Chuckle Brothers. And now, Steel and Knaresborough.
Recently we brought you the feelgood tale "Royal Mail Moves to the Cloud" , in which intrepid Adrian Steel and his trusty sidekick Glyn Knaresborough migrated 30,000 desktops - and lived to tell Reg readers their heartwarming story. They were so good, we had to give them easter eggs and make them answer all the questions we didn't have time to include in the show.
We're not fools. Box office was so good, they're back to bring us the surefire summer blockbuster "Virtualisation to Hyper V: Inside the Royal Mail's Internal Cloud", the story of what RM is doing with its servers, why, and what we can learn from the trail they blazed.
We won't tell you whether its a drama, a comedy, a horror story or a romance. You'll have to watch it and see. But we can tell you it will have thrills, surprises and edge-of-your-seat suspense. You will shed tears, in a good way.
Join us on June 29th 11:00 BST for this free event by registering. If you are unable to make the live broadcast you have the opportunity to watch it at your own convienience by signing up for our on demand edition.
What is the point of listening to someone flap their gums when their own websites proscribe that you use a Windows as your OS? Got OS X? Parcelforce don't care. Got Droid? Parcelforce don't care. Got a Linux? Parcelforce don't care. What non-Windows peeps will get is a big, fat warning that you must run Windows or your order may fail.
Don't believe me? Go here and try for yourself (don't use Windows, obviously): http://www.parcelforce.com/
1. Click any red "Buy" button
2. Click "Continue"
4. See nice big warning message, Parcelforce do not want your business!
And why is this a fail? Well, so long as the browser support HTML/CSS standards, the web app should not care what OS you are on. Really, for a browser based application that is (or should be) standards compliant, who give a flying crap what the OS is? It runs in the browser!
Oh yeah, and they demand you have Adobe Acrobat too. Why? Search me. It's not the only PDF game in town.
The Royal Mail website returns "302 Moved Temporarily" to many tracking requests (hit f5 and it might work next time).
They have a new CIO coming in (could say a lot about that one!)
They are going for cloud in a big way
Sometimes I have to pinch myself to check I'm still awake and not in some bizarre dream world.
Even by the "standards" (har har) of crappy "windows / IE only" sites they really go out of their way to insult the rest of us.
The win the "speshul" prize.