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Moving from the data centre you have - to the data centre you need

Your data centres are stuck in a rut. Although 90 per cent have had an upgrade in the last three years, the data centre you have isn’t the data centre you want. If you want to build for tomorrow, you shouldn't start from here. The hidden problem is the invisible glue: your network. It was hell to set up. It’s difficult to …
David Gordon, 02 Oct 2013

Moving from the data centre you have - to the data centre you need

Your data centres are stuck in a rut. Although 90 per cent have had an upgrade in the last three years, the data centre you have isn’t the data centre you want. If you want to build for tomorrow, you shouldn't start from here. The hidden problem is the invisible glue: your network. It was hell to set up. It’s difficult to …
David Gordon, 19 Sep 2013

Live Reg TV: Windows Azure on your terms

On October 10 at 11:00 BST,we’re broadcasting a live, hands-on training session on Windows Azure that you can enjoy for free from the comfort of your own chair. The session will show how to get started with Windows Azure, and gives an overview of its key features – particularly the recently released Infrastructure-as-a-Service …
David Gordon, 18 Sep 2013

Live TODAY at 11:00 BST: What's the fuss about flash memory?

Firstly, to be clear, we're talking about flash of the memory hardware variety, not the software behind those annoying animated ads. This is one of those topics that everyone has heard about, most people have opinions on, but in which myths and misunderstanding are rife. Broadcast live today online at 11:00 BST, we're going to …
David Gordon, 17 Sep 2013
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Continuous delivery: Can IT really 'join up' Ops and Dev?

The Register will be tackling continuous delivery in our latest Live Chat, today at 14:00 BST (9:00 EST). Join Adrian Bridgwater, Trevor Pott, Freeform Dynamics' Analyst Dale Vile and Perforce's Mark Warren to discuss this significant trend in software development and deployment. The Reg’s group editor Joe Fay will be your host …
David Gordon, 13 Sep 2013
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Microsoft Exchange: To host or not to host

Webcast To host or not to host: cloud is the question. With the recent release of Exchange 2013 and Wave 15 of Office 365, you probably have a choice to make in the near future, particularly if you're one of the huge number who also use Exchange for messaging. Do you migrate to the newest version of Exchange, migrate to the …
David Gordon, 10 Sep 2013
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Win a top of the range Ultrabook with HP and The Register

HP is running a major online event for the US and European tech communities. Sign up to attend HP's free Power to Change event on September 10 or October 1 and you could win a top of the range HP Spectre Ultrabook. (The Register is a media partner - and this is our second promo.) Here's the drill: Changes in technology are …
David Gordon, 23 Aug 2013

Why all the fuss about flash? Pin your ears back and find out

Just to be clear, we're talking about flash of the hardware variety, not the software behind those annoying animated ads. This is one of those topics that everyone has heard about, most people have opinions on, but where myths and misunderstandings are rife. In our next live Regcast on September 17 at 11:00 BST, we're going to …
David Gordon, 22 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Microsoft Exchange: To host or not to host

Webcast To host or not to host: cloud is the question. With the recent release of Exchange 2013 and Wave 15 of Office 365, you probably have a choice to make in the near future, particularly if you're one of the huge number who also use Exchange for messaging. Do you migrate to the newest version of Exchange, migrate to the …
David Gordon, 20 Aug 2013

HP goes virtual with online tech conference for all

HP is running a virtual conference for the US and European tech communities and it is a biggie. Sign up to attend HP's free Power to Change event on September 10 or October 1 and you could win a Samsung 40in LED TV. (The Register is a media partner - and this is our promo.) Here's the drill: Changes in technology are …
David Gordon, 13 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Continuous delivery: Can IT really 'join up' Ops and Dev?

The Register will be tackling continuous delivery in our latest Live Chat, on September 13 14:00 BST. Join Adrian Bridgwater, Trevor Pott, Freeform Dynamics' Analyst Dale Vile and Perforce's Mark Warren to discuss this significant trend in software development and deployment. The Reg’s group editor Joe Fay will be your host for …
David Gordon, 02 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Microsoft Exchange: To host or not to host

To host or not to host: cloud is the question. With the recent release of Exchange 2013 and Wave 15 of Office 365, you probably have a choice to make in the near future, particularly if you're one of the huge number who also use Exchange for messaging. Do you migrate to the newest version of Exchange, migrate to the cloud and …
David Gordon, 30 Jul 2013

One day your datacentre will get you to the pub on time

You are an IT manager and it is late Friday afternoon. You are in the lift descending from the fifth floor and you can already hear the gentle buzz of your friendly local bar. But then the lift stops at level three and the director of human resources gets in. “I’ve been meaning to talk to you,” she says.“Can you explain why I’m …
David Gordon, 10 Jul 2013
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Why all the fuss about flash? Pin your ears back and find out

Just to be clear, we're talking about flash of the hardware variety, not the software behind those annoying animated ads. This is one of those topics that everyone has heard about, most people have opinions on, but where myths and misunderstandings are rife. In our next live Regcast on September 17 at 11:00 BST, we're going to …
David Gordon, 03 Jul 2013

What's the most secure desktop operating system?

The debates about whether Macs are actually more secure than PCs, and whether Linux really is the daddy when it comes to bullet-proof desktop computing, have played out in articles and comments right here on this site on many occasions. But is inherent security a meaningful concept? Perhaps a better question is how easily " …
David Gordon, 02 Jul 2013
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OpenStack: Is it open for business?

Proprietary cloud threatens lock-in, higher cost and application silos. There is an alternative: OpenStack is the open source cloud operating system. Backers claim that it’s the disruptive technology that the cloud needs. but is it ready to deploy, and do you have the skills? Don’t panic: The Reg is here to explain. Our next …
David Gordon, 28 Jun 2013

Virtualisation: Where are my savings?

Three years ago you listened to vendors telling you how much we would all save from virtualisation. It seemed so plausible, but for most of us the savings never arrived. Why not? And what can we do about it? Good news: if you’re using VMware for virtualisation and Windows Server 2012, someone has finally worked out how to make …
David Gordon, 27 Jun 2013
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Opportunity knocks? Four jobs for your perusal

Monday and time for our regular outing with reed.co.uk, The Register's UK recruitment partner. Four jobs are presented for your perusal. The Hood Group, a household insurance company headquartered in Southend, is hunting for a group IT director. Responsibilities include the successful delivery of software development, ensuring …
David Gordon, 24 Jun 2013
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Virtualisation: Where are my savings?

Three years ago you listened to vendors telling you how much we would all save from virtualisation. It seemed so plausible, but for most of us the savings never arrived. Why not? And what can we do about it? Good news: if you’re using VMware for virtualisation and Windows Server 2012, someone has finally worked out how to make …
David Gordon, 19 Jun 2013
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Hands on: Hyper-V 3.0, virtual machine high availability and disaster recovery

Following the success of our first ever Hands on Regcast, we're firing up QA’s Paul Gregory once more to go deep into another feature of Windows Server 2012: using Hyper-V 3.0 to increase the availability of Virtual Machines. During the hour we will show how the changes in failover clustering and the improvements in scalability …
David Gordon, 18 Jun 2013
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Career opportunities, the ones that sometime knock

Monday morning and time for our weekly promo with reed.co.uk, our UK recruitment partner. Here are four positions for your perusal. Also scroll down to enter our prize draw. Architas, part of the AXA insurance group, wants a lead developer to run the development of legacy and new applications and on-going maintenance of IT …
David Gordon, 17 Jun 2013
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BYOD beyond the noise

A lot has been said about the strategic advantages (and problems) of BYOD, but much less about how to build a wireless infrastructure for it. Good job we're here to put that right. Join Trevor Kelly and Andy Cooper from HP, and Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics live today, as they set out the essentials of what will make BYOD …
David Gordon, 13 Jun 2013
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OpenStack: Is it open for business?

Proprietary cloud threatens lock-in, higher cost and application silos. There is an alternative: OpenStack is the open source cloud operating system. Backers claim that it’s the disruptive technology that the cloud needs. but is it ready to deploy, and do you have the skills? Don’t panic: the Reg is here to explain. Our next …
David Gordon, 11 Jun 2013
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Don't like Mondays? Check out the job boards

In this week's selection of vacancies from the jobs boards of reed.co.uk, our UK recruitment partner, we present the following: Unibet is looking for Oracle database developer to work for a data warehousing team at its Wimbledon office. You need three years-plus experience of working with Oracle databases. Salary is £35K-£42K. …
David Gordon, 10 Jun 2013
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El Reg drills into Office 365: Unified communications

In the fourth and final video of our short how-to series on Office 365, Trevor Pott explores the software's unified communications' capabilities. Watch Video paper cut-out men holding hands in linked semi-circle
David Gordon, 07 Jun 2013
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Live Reg TV: We tour Server 2012's Hyper-V 3 and high availability

On 18 June at 10:00 BST we've got our Tim Phillips and QA’s Paul Gregory diving into another feature of Windows Server 2012: using Hyper-V 3.0 to increase the availability of virtual machines. During the hour we will run through the improvements to system scalability, the failover cluster engine's ability to perform in-guest …
David Gordon, 06 Jun 2013
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The Cloud OS: PR fluff or tech awesomeness?

We asked three experts, an analyst, a sysadmin, and a vendor consultant, to give us their views on what, exactly, is the cloud OS, or cloud operating environment, and why would anyone need it? Their contributions are below. Dale Vile, CEO of Freeform Dynamics To answer this question we must consider the context. In a recent Reg …
David Gordon, 06 Jun 2013

A couple of whitepapers about SIEM

In our first visit to the Reg whitepaper library in some time, we took time out to inspect the security pitches. Here is a couple of vendor papers about SIEM (security information and event management) software that we thought deserved a wider airing. Registration is, as per usual, required. Data control in the cloud This …
David Gordon, 05 Jun 2013
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Jobs: Bored? Time to hit the jobs board

And so to work with our twice-monthly trawl of the jobs boards of reed.co.uk, The Register's UK recruitment partner. We have come up with four jobs for your inspection. Tui Travel is looking for a web developer to work in Wimbledon at Fan Travel, a joint venture company. The ideal candidate will have a “strong knowledge of …
David Gordon, 04 Jun 2013

Virtual machine high availability and disaster recovery

On the 18th of June at 10:00BST we're firing up our own Tim Phillips and QA’s Paul Gregory to dive into another feature of Windows Server 2012: using Hyper-V 3.0 to increase the availability of Virtual Machines. During the hour we will show how the changes in failover clustering and the improvements in scalability, in the …
David Gordon, 30 May 2013
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Missed the Hyper V Virtual machine migration training?

Last week we had a record-breaking number of readers, more than 1,800, tune in to enjoy our free live training offer - delivered with aplomb by QA's Paul Gregory and our own Tim Phillips. Today you can watch the recorded version - all the fun, but with no live Q&A, obviously. The virtual machine migration options have completely …
David Gordon, 28 May 2013
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You're going on a job hunt: Time to catch a big one?

Fresh from our twice-monthly raid of our UK jobs partner reed.co.uk we have found four dev positions, all in the south of England, for your delectation. Simply Health in Andover is looking for an Oracle Systems Developer, with a minimum of three years’ “full lifecycle development experience extending across large Oracle Systems …
David Gordon, 28 May 2013

El Reg drills into Office 365: Email migration

Spinning up a new instance of Office 365 to provide email for a brand new domain is easy; migrating email from existing domains is not. If you're a systems administrator who can count to 10 more or less accurately you're probably okay to dive in, but the everyday non-technical user will still find it a bit of a struggle. In the …
David Gordon, 24 May 2013

Attention large Linux workloads

Evidence from users in the real world shows that for large workloads, the mainframe offers power, security, administration licensing and management benefits – but, in an x86 world, many IT departments simply don’t consider running their Linux apps on anything but traditional servers. IBM’s system z platform offers the …
David Gordon, 22 May 2013
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BYOD beyond the noise

A lot has been said about the strategic advantages (and problems) of BYOD, but much less about how to build a wireless infrastructure for it. Good job we're here to put that right. Join Trevor Kelly and Andy Cooper from HP, and Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics, as they set out the essentials of what will make BYOD work: the …
David Gordon, 21 May 2013
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Win a Nexus 7 with reed.co.uk and The Register

reed.co.uk and The Register have teamed again up to offer Reg readers in the UK another opportunity to win a shiny Nexus 7 tablet. To enter, all you need to do is sign up for reed.co.uk’s jobs by email service using the short form below. reed.co.uk will then send you only the jobs you're interested in as and when new …
David Gordon, 21 May 2013
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El Reg drills in Office 365: See the evidence

This week, Trevor Pott kicked off his exploration of Office 365 with this overview. Trevor and his team-mate Josh Folland have also produced four hands-on videos for Office 365. We will broadcast these over the next week or so – all free, all on demand. Here is the first, an Office 365 tutorial. Watch Video ®
David Gordon, 17 May 2013
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Time to get your hands on Hyper-V 3.0: Let's do this

At last, our eagerly awaited live training session with the tech gurus from QA training is ready to roll. Kick off is 11am BST, right here. Get comfy, fire up your machine, and prep your questions. Come 11am, hit the button on the player below. Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and friend
David Gordon, 17 May 2013
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Final call – free Hyper V training

When we do our broadcasts we’re often asked if we can show you how to use the abilities that our experts describe. So, tomorrow at 11:00 BST we’ve got 60 minutes of live training on how to take advantage of the improvements and new features of virtual machine migration with Hyper-V 3.0 and Windows Server 2012. We’re teaming up …
David Gordon, 16 May 2013
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Got that Monday morning feeling?

Twice a month The Register highlights some tech vacancies gleaned from the jobs board of reed.co.uk, our UK recruitment partner. In today's outing we swoop on four permie open positions, in London, Manchester, Ipswich and Surrey. Osborne, a large property company, is recruiting an Applications Support Analyst, to work in …
David Gordon, 13 May 2013

Deep, deep dive: Hyper-V

Next week, on the 17th May at 11am, we will show you how to take advantage of the improvements and new features of virtual machine migration with Hyper-V 3.0 and Windows Server 2012. Our award-winning Regcasts crew is teaming up with training provider QA to do the deepest of deep dives for you. And you can join in, for free here …
David Gordon, 08 May 2013
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Attention large Linux workloads

Evidence from users in the real world shows that for large workloads, the mainframe offers power, security, administration licensing and management benefits – but, in an x86 world, many IT departments simply don’t consider running their Linux apps on anything but traditional servers. IBM’s system z platform offers the …
David Gordon, 08 May 2013
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Workload placement in a hybrid world

If you ask your Oracle team which infrastructure they want their databases and apps running across, they’ll tell you dedicated. Heaven forbid their IO is interfered with by a lagging virtual infrastructure. Your Windows camp will probably allow most of their apps on virtual and private clouds. But throw the networking guys these …
David Gordon, 01 May 2013
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Hands on with Hyper-V 3.0 and virtual machine movement

You often ask us to show you how to use the abilities that our experts describe. On the 17th May, join us for an hour that will change broadcasting for ever: for 60 minutes we will show you how to take advantage of the improvements and new features of virtual machine migration with Hyper-V 3.0 and Windows Server 2012. Our award- …
David Gordon, 24 Apr 2013
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Looking for a new role? Check out these IT jobs

Twice a month The Register will showcase some tech vacancies gleaned from the jobs board of reed.co.uk, our UK recruitment partner. In our first outing we kick off with four permie open positions, two based in London, one in Newcastle and the fourth, with The Army, which could mean anywhere. ASOS, the online fashion retailer, …
David Gordon, 23 Apr 2013

The politics of the data centre

If you ask your Oracle team which infrastructure they want their databases and apps running across, they’ll tell you dedicated. Heaven forbid their IO is interfered with by a lagging virtual infrastructure. Your Windows camp will probably allow most of their apps on virtual and private clouds. But throw the networking guys these …
David Gordon, 18 Apr 2013
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Win a Nexus 7 with reed.co.uk and El Reg

reed.co.uk and The Register have teamed up to offer Reg readers in the UK the chance to win a shiny new Nexus 7 tablet. To enter, all you need to do is sign up for reed.co.uk’s jobs by email service using the short form below. reed.co.uk will then send you only the jobs you're interested in as and when new opportunities that …
David Gordon, 17 Apr 2013
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Workloads? It's not just what you do, it's where you do it...

Reg research shows that you are going to be mixing your platforms and deployment models in the future. So, the next question is, which apps and workloads run on which platforms? You have never had more choice. Our next Regcast examines how you make those decisions. You're constrained by resources, technology and politics, but …
David Gordon, 12 Apr 2013
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How to introduce modern architectures and best practice to the data centre

We asked three experts, an analyst, a sysadmin, and a vendor consultant, to give us their views on how best to introduce major changes to data centre operations. Their contributions are below. Tony Lock, programme director, Freeform Dynamics It is a standing joke in IT that the answer to the question of how to arrive at the …
David Gordon, 12 Apr 2013

Technical architects ahoy!

We’ve teamed up with IASA, the Global IT Architect Association,to promote its April event and have bagged a sizeable discount for any current or aspiring technical architects who’d like to attend. The event is in London this month, on April 25 and 26, at the Cavendish ConAndrew Searle, High Performance Computing, Jaguar Land …
David Gordon, 12 Apr 2013