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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
Photo of Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro, with Touch Cover

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

Hybrid heaven: Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager and Windows Azure

On 14 November at 11.00 GMT we will be broadcasting a live training session on the Microsoft network virtualization technologies of Windows Hyper-V, Systems Centre Virtual Machine Manager (SCVM) and Windows Azure – all working together in Hybrid data centre solution. For you, dear reader, it’s free to watch from the comfort of …
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2013
Windows XP Start Screen

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 to find out how you automate application compatibility, testing …
David Gordon, 30 Oct 2013

Backing up your VMware environment? Don't lose control...

Is your VMware back up 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, 28 Oct 2013
Photo of Microsoft Surface Windows 8 Pro, with Touch Cover

Microsoft's Techdays Online: Steve Ballmer speaks

Microsoft TechDays Online is a splendid opportunity for IT pros and developers to beef up on the latest developments in Microsoft client, server, cloud, system management and developer tools technologies. This year it comes with quite some added incentive too – Steve Ballmer will be here to answer questions on any developments …
David Gordon, 22 Oct 2013

A welcome to the Cloud OS

The recent release of Windows Server 2012 R2 makes it prime time for us to offer some free training around Microsoft's Cloud OS solution. You can catch it live on 14 November at 11:00 GMT. This particular session is going to demonstrate how Microsoft technologies - including the Windows Azure pack - enable on-premise, hybrid, …
David Gordon, 22 Oct 2013

Win a free pass to RSA Conference Europe

RSA Conference 2013 opens its doors in Amsterdam on October 29: wanna go? The Register is a media partner for this top ranking IT security event, and we have two free delegate passes to give away. We will select the winner by way of prize draw open to all subscribers to The Register's weekly IT security newsletter. On Wednesday …
David Gordon, 21 Oct 2013
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Managing multi-vendor devices with System Centrer 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. The session is based around Windows InTune and System Center Configuration Manager …
David Gordon, 17 Oct 2013
vmware

Backing up your VMware environment? Don't lose control...

Is your VMware back up 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, 16 Oct 2013
Windows 8.1 retail packaging

Microsoft TechDays Online: block out your calendar

Microsoft TechDays Online is a lovely opportunity for IT pros and developers to beef up on the latest developments in Microsoft client, server, cloud, system management and developer tools technologies. The Register is a media partner of Microsoft for this free online event and this is our second promo. Microsoft TechDays run …
David Gordon, 10 Oct 2013
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Free Azure training at 11am BST today

Today at 11am The Register is broadcasting a free, live, hands-on training session on Windows Azure that you can enjoy right here from the comfort of your own chair. It will introduce and demonstrate how to get started with Windows Azure, giving an overview of its key features – particularly its recently released Infrastructure- …
David Gordon, 10 Oct 2013
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Microsoft TechDays Online: block out your calendar

Microsoft TechDays Online is a lovely opportunity for IT pros and developers to beef up on the latest developments in Microsoft client, server, cloud, system management and developer tools technologies. The Register is a media partner of Microsoft for this free online event and this is our promo. Microsoft TechDays run from …
David Gordon, 08 Oct 2013
Azure Index

Get your mitts greasy with FREE hands-on Windows Azure training

On 10 October at 11am BST, The Register is 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 introduce and demonstrate how to get started with Windows Azure, giving an overview of its key features – particularly its recently released …
David Gordon, 02 Oct 2013
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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
The Register breaking news

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