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I'm still confused about cloud computing

I’ve been working in IT for years now and there’s always a list of stuff to get up-to-date with. Cloud computing is the latest one but I’m so busy I just want somebody to spoon-feed it to me so I can decide whether I need to plan for it. I think that’s why I’m interested in an online session that repeats every day for a week in …
David Gordon, 15 May 2014

Microsoft touts free cloud skills workshop for web and mobile devs

You can join Microsoft for a free Cloud Camp workshop on May 23rd to learn how to build and deploy web apps and mobile services in the cloud. Developers of any platform are invited to bring their laptops and get started building with free Microsoft Azure services. The camp runs from 8:30 to 5:00 UK time (BST), during which …
David Gordon, 14 May 2014
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Simplifying your IT setup with cloud apps. Interested? Watch this

Lots of you are considering cloud apps, but find it hard to figure out what’s most important when making decisions. We’re here today to help with that. We've brought you Regcasts on IaaS and PaaS, but this time we're going to talk in more detail about integrating business apps: CRM, HCM, ERP. We hate hype at the Reg, but we …
David Gordon, 13 May 2014
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Web devs! Build your cloud skills with free Microsoft webinar

Microsoft is hosting a week of daily live tutorials to help web and mobile developers build their cloud skills. Join any one of the free one-hour lunchtime sessions from 1230 to 1330 UK time (BST) from 12 to 16 May for a hands-on demo from Microsoft technical expert Steve Plank. He will show you how to get started building with …
David Gordon, 12 May 2014

Webcast: How to build an open cloud

It's a hybrid world. But proprietary clouds are hard to integrate and less flexible. On the other hand, you're already using them. To coordinate your internal and external clouds, migration, administration, data protection, compliance, service levels and support need to be coordinated too. The answer might lie in the open cloud …
David Gordon, 09 May 2014

Migrating to Windows Server 2012

What are you doing on 14 July 2015? Mark it in your diary: it’s the end of support for Windows Server 2003. Unless you start migration planning soon, it might be a bad day at the office. Migrating to the latest version of Windows Server isn't just a case of installing a new OS. You need to discover which servers are still …
David Gordon, 08 May 2014

Techies: Hands-on lab to find out what AWS Cloud can do for you

The annual Amazon Web Services Summit kicks off in London on 30 April, 2014 and there are still some spaces available for this free all-day event. The conference at London’s ExCel Centre is aimed squarely at techies who work with or need to find out more about cloud technologies. Amazon promises you the opportunity to “hear …
David Gordon, 25 Apr 2014
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Don't believe the hype: But you CAN simplify IT with cloud apps

Lots of you are considering cloud apps, but find it hard to figure out what’s most important when making decisions. We’re here today to help with that. We've brought you Regcasts on IaaS and PaaS, but this time we're going to talk in more detail about integrating business apps: CRM, HCM, ERP. We hate hype at the Reg, but we …
David Gordon, 24 Apr 2014

The big Reg STORAGE SURVEY

Some of you have said you want to read more on storage, so here's a survey for you to get stuck into. Your answers will give us a steer on the kind of stuff that interests you so we can make sure we're covering the right topics on the site. Freeform Dynamics will help by crunching the numbers and writing a nice report to help …
David Gordon, 24 Apr 2014

Only a WEEK left to sign up: Meet the tech heavyweights at AWS Enterprise Summit 2014

On Tuesday 29 April, Amazon Web Services will be at London’s ExCel Centre, where it will host the 2014 Enterprise Summit. The free one-day event conference is aimed senior technical leaders working at enterprise organisations who are playing in the cloud or want to play in the cloud. AWS has assembled a heavyweight line-up of …
David Gordon, 23 Apr 2014

Last call: Getting Started with Microsoft Azure – TODAY at 9.30am

Windows Azure is a cornerstone of Microsoft's technology for the cloud. Find out more in "Getting Started with Azure" – Microsoft's free webcast on Wednesday, 23 April at 0930 BST. In this one-hour broadcast, Steve "Planky" Plank will guide you through the step-by-step process for spinning up Windows Server 2012 virtual machines …
David Gordon, 23 Apr 2014

Webcast time: Learn the basics of the Microsoft Azure cloud

Is Microsoft Azure on your list of things to investigate? Then join Steve 'Planky' Plank, a Microsoft senior technical evangelist, on April 23, 0930 BST. Planky is running an Azure 101 webcast, in which he will guide you through the basic steps of setting up Windows Azure Virtual Machines. During the webcast you will learn how …
David Gordon, 22 Apr 2014
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Come to campus or attend online: Microsoft hosts Accelerate Your Insights gig

You may have noticed our recent flurry of activity for Accelerate Your Insights, an all day event on 1 May at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park. The Register is a media partner of Microsoft and this is our fourth and final promo for Accelerate. Microsoft is seeking IT decision makers and doers to come to this gig - in person …
David Gordon, 16 Apr 2014

Techies: Hands-on lab to find out what AWS Cloud can do for you

The annual Amazon Web Services Summit kicks off in London on 30 April, 2014 and there are still some spaces available for this free all-day event. The conference at London’s ExCel Centre is aimed squarely at techies who work with or need to find out more about cloud technologies. Amazon promises you the opportunity to “hear …
David Gordon, 16 Apr 2014
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Got to get something started with Azure VMs? Microsoft's Planky shows you the way

Steve Plank, or "Planky" as even his mother allegedly calls him, is the Windows Azure evangelist for Microsoft UK and on 23 April he is taking to the interwebs to conduct his evangelizing online. Join Planky in a one-hour webcast starting at 9:30 BST and let him guide you through the step-by-step process for spinning up Windows …
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014
Office Online

You use Office 365, SQL Server or Azure, right? Great, you're invited to Microsoft's data insights

Microsoft UK invites you to attend Accelerate Your Insights, a free-of-charge all-day event at Thames Valley Park, Reading, on 1 May, where you can learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server and Azure. It’s being streamed, too, so you can attend as a “virtual delegate”. The Register is a media partner of Microsoft and …
David Gordon, 15 Apr 2014

Live in London: Roll up for the AWS Enterprise Summit 2014

On Tuesday 29 April, Amazon Web Services will be at London’s ExCel Centre, where it will host the 2014 Enterprise Summit. The free one-day event conference is aimed senior technical leaders working at enterprise organisations who are playing in the cloud or want to play in the cloud. AWS has assembled a heavyweight line-up of …
David Gordon, 14 Apr 2014
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Beef up your Office 365, SQL, Azure skills with Microsoft and The Reg

Microsoft UK is inviting you to attend Accelerate Your Insights, a free all-day event at Thames Valley Park, Reading on May 1. Attendees will learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server 2014 and Azure. The event is streamed so you can dip in and out of the sessions remotely. The Register is a media partner of Microsoft …
David Gordon, 14 Apr 2014
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Office 365, SQL Server, Azure: If your biz uses them, Microsoft has an invitation for you

IT decision makers and doers, do you need to learn more about Microsoft Office 365, SQL Server 2014 and Azure? Microsoft UK has just the ticket for you: an all-day event called Accelerate Your Insights on 1 May. The gig physically takes place at Microsoft Campus, Thames Valley Park, Reading, but it is being streamed too, so you …
David Gordon, 11 Apr 2014
Playmobil's Security Check Point

Security: Survive the attack of the known unknowns

Some vendors will tell you that security problems are solved by sticking a device on the edge of your network, but we all know that 100 per cent security is a fantasy. You will be attacked by both known and unknown threats, and some of those attacks will be successful. This means that recognising the signs of an attack quickly …
David Gordon, 01 Apr 2014
The Sun's 360 degree view of Wembley. Pic: Jeffrey Martin, 360Cities.net

Treat yourself to some FA or NFL action at Wembley

Clients are a fickle lot, but most would leap at the chance to see the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Or a big pop concert. No? Maybe a NFL game could tickle their fancy. The Register is a media partner of Wembley Stadium and this is our promo. Here is a great chance to reward your valued customers – or indeed yourself. With …
David Gordon, 31 Mar 2014

Games developers, check out the Cloud Gaming Summit

The Cloud Gaming Summit is an excellent place for game developers to find out how the cloud can help in their pursuits. What does the cloud mean for games developers? The Cloud Gaming Summit is an excellent place to find out. This two-day free conference takes place in London’s Whitechapel on 26 and 27 March and is organised by …
David Gordon, 25 Mar 2014

Calling all games developers to a Cloud Gaming Summit

So what does the cloud mean for games developers? The Cloud Gaming Summit is an excellent place to find out. This two-day free conference takes place in London’s Whitechapel on 26 and 27 March and is organised by the trade group UKIE in association with Microsoft. Games developers are invited to sign up for one or both days. …
David Gordon, 21 Mar 2014
Playmobil's Security Check Point

Security: It's knowing what you don't know

Some vendors will tell you that security problems are solved by sticking a device on the edge of your network, but we all know that 100 per cent security is a fantasy. You will be attacked by both known and unknown threats, and some of those attacks will be successful. This means that recognising the signs of an attack quickly …
David Gordon, 10 Mar 2014

A potted history of cloud computing

1960s John McCarthy Many of the key concepts of Cloud Computing are rooted in the early 1960s and the trailblazer was John McCarthy (above), the celebrated computer scientist, who is best known as the father of Artificial Intelligence. He devised the notion of timesharing, enabling organisations to simultaneously use an …
David Gordon, 07 Mar 2014
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Learn about Microsoft Cloud OS

Microsoft UK is spreading the word on Cloud OS with a series of free half-day events across the UK for organisations with more than 250 PCs. Here is the pitch: Many organisations are under pressure to manage the cost of maintaining their ageing legacy systems whilst trying to respond to new business needs. Microsoft Cloud OS …
David Gordon, 05 Mar 2014
Yahoo Lockport Data Center Wide View

Today: Get REAL about data location in the cloud

We get it. Whenever we do a Regcast that deals with moving your data to the cloud, you tell us that you can't move your data around like that. Performance, compliance, privacy, cost and reputation all matter, and they're all different for all of you. When you think we are too enthusiastic about moving data to the cloud, some of …
David Gordon, 27 Feb 2014
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Microsoft UK seeks infrastructure guys for BYOD workshops

Microsoft wants to teach “nervous” IT pros how to manage and secure all those troublesome non-corporate devices used by their co-workers. To whit, the company is running a series of People-Centric IT (PCIT) workshops for organisations with at least 250 PCs, in various UK venues over the coming weeks. This covers Windows 8.1 in …
David Gordon, 18 Feb 2014

CTRL + ALT + TECH: It's time to rack 'n' roll, says Spiceworks

So we are trialling some cross-promotion with Spiceworks, the network monitoring app people and home to a rather big tech community. Let's begin with a shout-out for a Spiceworks webcast called CTRL + ALT + TECH. When: January 31, 2014 @ 10 a.m. US CST (4pm GMT) What: Real server talk with real IT pros. If you are familiar with …
David Gordon, 29 Jan 2014

El Reg preps relaunch of Cash’n’Carrion online merchandise emporium

Early days yet, but we are relaunching Cash’n’Carrion, our online tee-shirt and merchandise store. We want you to help us stock the shop by completing this very quick survey. A little background for you: We mothballed our store in 2008 after we sub-contracted fulfilment to a print-to-order firm. The results left something to be …
David Gordon, 23 Jan 2014
The Sun's 360 degree view of Wembley. Pic: Jeffrey Martin, 360Cities.net

Treat yourself to some FA, NFL or 1D action at Wembley Stadium

Clients are a fickle lot, but most would leap at the chance to see the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Or a big pop concert. No? Maybe a NFL game could tickle their fancy. The Register is a media partner of Wembley Stadium and this is our promo. Here is a great chance to reward your valued customers – or indeed yourself. …
David Gordon, 23 Jan 2014
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Windows Phone app devs, this is for you

The Register has teamed up with Nokia UK to promote the firm’s rewards programme for Windows Phone and Windows 8 app devs. Called DVLUP, the programme deploys a "gamification model" which allows members to compete with one another and test themselves. Developers can earn XP points and redeem them against a whole host of rewards …
David Gordon, 10 Jan 2014
Nokia Lumia 820 Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone app developers: These games are made for you

The Register has teamed up with Nokia UK to promote the firm’s rewards programme for Windows Phone app devs. Called DVLUP (geddit?), the programme has already been running for about a year, but Nokia is now taking it up a couple of notches with some new promo opportunities, including placement in TV, print and digital campaigns …
David Gordon, 18 Dec 2013

Black Box? LUN-fest? What does business centric storage really mean?

What – or who – defines your storage? Is your storage minded by a priestly case of LUN monglers who guard the sacred administration software fiercely? Is your storage "software defined"? Is it a black box, an API-driven thing controlled by devs or managed by the operations types through Puppet? Amidst this list of these common …
David Gordon, 13 Dec 2013

Find out what's new in SQL Server 2014

Our live one hour training session highlighting the new developments in SQL Server 2014 is beaming onto your screens at 10:00GMT today. It’s free to attend. The training will showcase and introduce the new features of SQL Server 2014, by delivering a series of hands on demonstrations around in-memory performance, high …
David Gordon, 12 Dec 2013

XP, Win7, Win8, App V…making Microsoft migration simple

XP to 7, XP to 8, anything to App V, changes in the data centre, the need for security, BYOD and impending upgrades...it all means that many of you are going through a desktop refresh. The potential for disruption and delay is huge: lost settings, migration of data, incompatible legacy apps all turn what should be a bonus for …
David Gordon, 04 Dec 2013

So, what is new in SQL 2014, exactly?

We have a live one-hour training session beaming into your screen on 12 December at 10am GMT. It’s all about SQL Server 2014 and it’s free to attend. (You can see our past training courses here, here and here.) During our December session, we will showcase and introduce the new features of SQL Server 2014 with a series of hands …
David Gordon, 03 Dec 2013
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Black Box? LUN-fest? What does business centric storage really mean?

What – or who – defines your storage? Is your storage minded by a priestly case of LUN monglers who guard the sacred administration software fiercely? Is your storage "software defined"? Is it a black box, an API-driven thing controlled by devs or managed by the operations types through Puppet? Amidst this list of these common …
David Gordon, 29 Nov 2013
BYOD

Managing your business devices through System Center 2012

Today at 11am GMT, we will broadcasting a live training session to show you one way of solving the business-critical challenge of managing multi-vendor devices. You'll be able to watch it below for free from the comfort of your desk/sofa/bed. Hosted by The Register's effervescent Tim Phillips, the broadcast will have Paul …
David Gordon, 28 Nov 2013

What has the cloud ever done for me? Sysadmins tell all

You've heard all the hype about the cloud, you've listened to the debates. But what does it really mean for you and your organisation? Well, you can ask Trevor Pott and the sysadmins anything about the cloud, and discuss the issues and the technologies with your peers in a Reg Live Chat next week. Is cloud right for everyone? …
David Gordon, 22 Nov 2013

What’s new in SQL 2014?

We have a live one-hour training session beaming into your screen on 12 December at 10am GMT. It’s all about SQL Server 2014 and it’s free to attend. (You can see our past training courses here, here and here.) During our December session, we will showcase and introduce the new features of SQL Server 2014 by delivering a series …
David Gordon, 22 Nov 2013
Windows XP

Migrating from Windows XP – Time to move on...

Support for Windows XP ends on 8 April 2014. Much as you hate to let go, sadly the time has come. We can help you make the transition to an XP-free future by helping to plan a successful migration. Join Dell Software’s Scott Lutz and Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics who'll show you how to automate application compatibility, …
David Gordon, 21 Nov 2013
Daniel Craig in Skyfall

Backing up your VMware environment? A tale of agents and three letter acronyms

Is your VMware backup under control? No, we thought not. Virtualisation has achieved many wonderful things - but it has complicated data protection and backup, where organisations see increasing recovery times, a lack of granularity, and inconsistency between back up and disaster recovery regimes. Does this this sound like you? …
David Gordon, 15 Nov 2013
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Get hands on with hybrid data centre technologies

Our much-anticipated training session around Microsoft's Cloud OS solution is about to kick off. It starts at 11:00 GMT and you can view it for free below from the comfort of your desk. The session is going to demonstrate how Microsoft technologies - including the Windows Azure pack - enable on premise, hybrid, hosted and public …
David Gordon, 14 Nov 2013

Ask the Sysadmins: What has the cloud ever done for me?

You have heard all the hype about the cloud, you have listened to the debates. But what does it mean for you and your organisation? Ask Trevor Pott and the sysadmins anything about the cloud. Discuss the issues and the technologies with your peers. Is cloud right for everyone? How do you get it right? When do you say no to cloud …
David Gordon, 13 Nov 2013
VMware Project Octopus

Does virtualisation hamper security in your organisation?

What’s not to like about server virtualisation? You can consolidate infrastructure to save money, stand up new servers quickly and without scrabbling for hardware budget, and generally improve the flexibility of your IT environment. Past reader research studies, however, have highlighted some of the less desirable side effects …
David Gordon, 09 Nov 2013

XP, Win7, Win8, App V…making Microsoft migration simple

XP to 7, XP to 8, anything to App V: changes in the data centre, the need for security, BYOD and impending upgrades mean that many of you are going through a desktop refresh. The potential for disruption and delay is huge: lost settings, migration of data, incompatible legacy apps all turn what should be a bonus for users into a …
David Gordon, 05 Nov 2013
BYOD

Managing your business devices through System Center 2012

On 28 November at 11am GMT, we’re broadcasting a live training session to show you one way of solving the business-critical challenge of managing multi-vendor devices. You'll be able to watch it for free from the comfort of your desk/sofa/bed. Hosted by The Register’s effervescent Tim Phillips, the broadcast will have Paul …
David Gordon, 05 Nov 2013
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Last call for Microsoft TechDays Online

So here is our final promo for Microsoft TechDays Online - which runs over three days this week from 6-8 November. This is a lovely opportunity for IT pros and developers to explore the latest developments in Microsoft client, server, cloud, system management and developer tools technologies. This year it comes with added …
David Gordon, 04 Nov 2013

Users and customers stressing your systems? Tell us how you cope

We’ve got a survey on network security and application delivery that needs the input of all of the security, application or networking experts out there. It’ll take but five minutes of your time and the results should deliver some great insights. You can get stuck in by clicking here. The survey is looking at how higher …
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2013