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Test drive Microsoft Azure

Microsoft is running an online class on how to get started with Azure cloud this afternoon. Doors open at 3pm BST. The event is free and suitable for “developers, IT Pros, Architects, students, hobbyists, and anyone interested in learning about Microsoft Azure”. Attendees will learn the basic skills and knowledge to get started …
Phil Mitchell, 14 Jul 2014

You want an IT course? Welcome to QA Training's Week of Free

QA Tech Week 2014 opens its doors on Tuesday 22 April. For one week only, our favourite IT training company delivers a bunch of courses and seminars via Webex entirely free of charge. Check out the table of courses below. There are handy registration links for each event. Tuesday 22 April 10:00-11:30 Introduction to QA Week …
Phil Mitchell, 15 Apr 2014

Win a monster laptop

We've got a beast of a laptop to give away for free as part of our Reg Hardware competition. If you're looking for something that packs a punch and half, this should be just the fillip. It's the afore mentioned Samsung RF711 17.3in Core i7 which should be more than enough wallop for most of your needs. It'll take approximately …
Phil Mitchell, 26 Jul 2012
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The Register is rocking on Windows Phone 7

We’re gradually updating our mobile app efforts. First out of the gate is this beauty for Windows Phone 7. El Reg news rolls on Windows Phone It’s a jazzy little number in a sleek black outfit delivering you all of our content from the convenience of your Win 7 phone. And it's completely free. Before you ask, yes. We did …
Phil Mitchell, 18 May 2012

The Big Reg data centre survey

When it comes to data centres, we know that most of you think they are pretty modern and up to date, although some tweaking wouldn’t go amiss. We also know that many of you have started consolidating servers by using virtualisation to make better use of your existing kit – and a fair number of you think that you’ve got about as …
Phil Mitchell, 27 Apr 2012
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How to manage IT like a (service) pro

On April 17th at 10:00 BST, we’ve got a live broadcast featuring a service management workshop. Organisations are often told that running their IT as a service is the right thing to do, but how realistic is this and what does it mean in practice? How exactly do service providers operate, and how do their best practices map to …
Phil Mitchell, 03 Apr 2012
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Is private cloud the next step for the data centre?

The Register has constructed a lovely survey about Private Cloud, which will form the basis of a freely available report that will be published in the coming weeks. The survey is, admittedly quite a chunky, one-pager and will take maybe 10mins of your time. [We do quite a lot of studies with our readers and they’re all available …
Phil Mitchell, 20 Mar 2012
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Unlocking value with Business Intelligence

Live today at 11:00GMT El Reg front-man Jon Collins is packing our studio with some information management experts that we hope will give you a leg-up on your BI initiatives. Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics is coming along with a stash-bag of findings from the latest research that many of you took part in. We’ve also got Chris …
Phil Mitchell, 13 Mar 2012
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Creating information management Initiatives that deliver

On March 13th at 11:00GMT El Reg front-man Jon Collins is packing our studio with some information management experts that we hope will give you a leg-up on your BI initiatives. Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics is coming along with a stash-bag of findings from the latest research that many of you took part in. We’ve also got …
Phil Mitchell, 07 Mar 2012
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For those thinking Private Cloud

Our very own Tim Phillips is dragging some clever sorts from the industry and beyond into a studio to talk about building private clouds. They’re remit is ‘be helpful’ and to give us a, ‘check list for building a private cloud.’ We’re hoping by the time they're finished you'll have something of a weighty steer on what it takes …
Phil Mitchell, 22 Feb 2012
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Winners and losers in the information race

Involved in information management? Then join us live today at 11:00 GMT, as we discuss the findings from the latest Reg research and offer tips and techniques on good information practice. Today's Regcast features research lead Martha Bennett from Freeform Dynamics, Jason Frost from Blueprint, which specialises in helping …
Phil Mitchell, 25 Jan 2012
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Information management in financial services

Involved in information management? Then join us on January 25 at 11:00 GMT, when we discuss the findings from the latest Reg research and offer tips and techniques on good information practice. This Regcast features research lead Martha Bennett from Freeform Dynamics, Jason Frost from Blueprint, which specialises in helping …
Phil Mitchell, 24 Jan 2012
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Think twice before moving to SaaS office

We all have enough scars to remember that when it comes to core email and office productivity capabilities, migrations are never as easy as they seem. So when SaaS vendors claim that they can magically make things cheaper and simpler we know that it may not be quite that smooth in practice. So what's the real deal when it comes …
Phil Mitchell, 10 Jan 2012

El Reg takes man for romantic weekend for two at Intel chip factory

So what do you get when you enter a competition on the Reg? The leftovers from the Cash and Carrion bin? Whatever unboxed review kit we’ve managed to hide from the courier? Or a cracking weekend for two in a luxury hotel in one of the world’s liveliest cities, with a trip to Europe’s most advanced chip factory thrown in. For …
Phil Mitchell, 09 Dec 2011

Infographic: The road to desktop virtualisation

So much been said over the years about desktop virtualisation, so many claims, so much noise, so much clutter. Let us to bring some clarity to the proceeding with a cunning diagram that demonstrates the familiar options, the uptake, some of the challenges - and we've even sprinkled it with some top drawer advice from our experts …
Phil Mitchell, 06 Dec 2011
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It's the customer, not stupid

Organisations of all shapes and sizes know they can no longer just spend money on new technology, especially in the light of today's economic travails. Such an approach, common enough, results in information and process silos. Not good. With the information deluge getting every more deluge-y, and with belts tightening and …
Phil Mitchell, 05 Dec 2011

Couldn't be there? Our conference vids for you

Last week The Register teamed up with Intel to put on an all-day conference in Millbank, central London. We had a great line-up of speakers, which included Professor Brian Cox and security God Bruce Schneier - for me a stand-out. We filmed the proceedings for those of you who couldn't be there. The event went down a storm with …
Phil Mitchell, 02 Dec 2011
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Driving customer focus with information

Given today's economic background, organisations of all shapes and sizes are recognising they can no longer just spend money on new technology. While prevalent in the past, this approach has led to information and process silos that can be a long way from optimal. With quantities of information continuing to increase, but with …
Phil Mitchell, 29 Nov 2011
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Business Cloud Summit preps for launch

It’s called the Business Cloud Summit and it’s about how Cloud Computing changes the way we all do business. But what about the technology behind the Cloud that enables us to realise the potential of the Cloud model – and the people who deploy and develop that technology? This year’s Business Cloud Summit in London on December 5 …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Nov 2011
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Flex your tech for remote working goodness

Remote workers need support and training. The IT department needs to secure their devices and fix them when they go wrong. Consumer devices need to be integrated, and business systems need to be re-engineered. But that's not all. Research shows that remote working demands a whole new set of skills from the staff - time …
Phil Mitchell, 24 Nov 2011
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Tech productivity tactics

It's clear that there are fundamental changes happening in the way people, and businesses, want to work. The relentless pace of technology developments has given us ever better and more connected notebooks, and now smartphones and tablets. This means we can work wherever and whenever it suits. That's all well and good, but just …
Phil Mitchell, 18 Nov 2011
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What happens when users are left to their own devices?

It's clear that there are fundamental changes happening in the way people, and businesses, want to work. The relentless pace of technology developments has given us ever better and more connected notebooks, and now smartphones and tablets. This means we can work wherever and whenever it suits. That's all well and good, but just …
Phil Mitchell, 14 Nov 2011
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The Register goes Live on 22 Nov 2011

We’ve got five places left* for what promises to be the sci-tech event of the year – The Register and Intel Live 2011. It’s going to be a day with El Reg and some of the brightest brains in science and technology, and it’s all happening by the Thames. We have Professor Brian Cox, from the telly, Mr (Security) Bruce Schneier and …
Phil Mitchell, 10 Nov 2011
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It's time to rethink storage management

In these cash-strapped times spending you way out of a data boom isn't as easy as it was so last week we packed our studio with 3 storage experts to talk through the alternatives. Jon Collins from Inter Orbis hosted the gig and he was joined by Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics and Ian Shave from IBM. They look at the challenge …
Phil Mitchell, 07 Nov 2011
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The boom and bust challenge of storage management

Today at 11:00 GMT we're broadcasting live from our St Paul's studio with a program, and some experts, that look at the challenges of storage management. You can join us for free from the comfort of your desk – just make sure you bring your questions along because we've got a top drawer set of presenters for you. Jon Collins …
Phil Mitchell, 03 Nov 2011
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The storage boom and bust cycle

Tomorrow at 11:00 GMT we'll be broadcasting live from our St Paul's studio with a program, and some experts, that look at the challenge of improving storage management without just throwing money at it. You can join us for free from the comfort of your desk – just make sure you bring your questions along because we've got a top …
Phil Mitchell, 02 Nov 2011
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The data boom and bust cycle

More data more often than not means more disks. It was ever thus - but in these cash-strapped times, just buying more kit is no longer an option. But is it really that easy to stop the growth/spend cycle and make what you’ve already got work harder? Could you solve everything by throwing a bit of elastic cloud storage into the …
Phil Mitchell, 01 Nov 2011
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University of Colorado

The Colorado Buffaloes are one of five teams returning to the fifth annual Student Cluster Challenge in Seattle next month during SC11. Like Purdue, Colorado has participated in every challenge but has yet to take home the gold medal. (There aren’t any gold medals awarded. Pity.) The Buffaloes have won some awards and plaudits …
Phil Mitchell, 01 Nov 2011
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Still got too much Information

Welcome back to Reg Ltd, where Graham finally has his trousers on. But there's crisis in the air: ahead of the annual meeting, Ronald's slashing budgets and threatening to take the company bowling. How can Microsoft cloud technologies smooth the process of planning the budgets? How can Emily hang on to her share? We can't do …
Phil Mitchell, 25 Oct 2011
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The rise of the modular Cloud?

Dr Phil Richards from Loughborough University heads into The Reg studios on October 20th at 10am (BST) to tell us how he's building modular hybrid clouds. Dr Richards has recognised numerous challenges with ageing data centres, some of which you'll recognise and some of which you won't. One of them was that doing things the old …
Phil Mitchell, 11 Oct 2011
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Cloud on the rise (Love JANET)

Dr Phil Richards from Loughborough University heads into The Reg studios on October 20th at 10am (BST) to tell us how he's building modular hybrid clouds. Dr Richards has recognised numerous challenges with ageing data centres, some of which you'll recognise and some of which you won't. One of them was that doing things the old …
Phil Mitchell, 07 Oct 2011
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El Reg drives Cloud Summit

On December 5, London's increasingly popular annual Business Cloud Summit features a Technology and Developer stream helmed by The Register’s own Tim Phillips. For you, dear reader, that means finely tuned, guff-free content. The theme for this year is ‘The Practical Cloud', so expect techies in suits, talking about real …
Phil Mitchell, 07 Oct 2011
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HPC and its growing reach

El Reg's Tim Phillips talks High Performance Computing with Gordon Graylish who is the VP and GM for enterprise solutions sales. They run through the definitions of HPC, where HPC is being used as a default, and also the potential for HPC in broader markets – particularly with HPC becoming much more accessible and affordable. …
Phil Mitchell, 03 Oct 2011
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Doing big stuff in the cloud

At 11am today we're broadcasting live with a show that takes a different angle on cloud. Over the last few months our broadcasts have focussed on the use of cloud for delivering internally facing services such as email and collaboration. We've also looked at how cloud can be used to achieve reach. Now we're switching our …
Phil Mitchell, 03 Oct 2011
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El Reg drives Cloud Summit

In December, the increasingly popular annual Business Cloud Summit will feature a Technology and Developer stream that is driven by The Register’s own Tim Phillips. Why, you might ask, does that matter? Well, it virtually guarantees the tech stream will be largely guff free and that, if nothing else, it will be a perfectly tuned …
Phil Mitchell, 29 Sep 2011
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Big data and the cloud

Peter Elleby is the IT Director at natural search specialists Hydra. It’s a company that, in layman's terms, tells its client how well they perform on the web and how to improve that performance. In order to do this it’s got to crunch and parse huge volumes of unstructured data. As a start-up that would have meant a significant …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Sep 2011
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Can SaaS improve your efficiency?

SaaS might give you more availability, it might cut your capital costs, and it might give you a big empty server room in your basement where you can play ping pong after work, but will it make your business more efficient? That's the question IT support manager and Reg reader, Geoff Stone asked himself when DORMA UK decided that …
Phil Mitchell, 26 Sep 2011
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Consumerisation of IT: What do the end users think?

We’re hearing lots of stories about the ‘consumerisation’ of IT – in other words giving users freedom to choose the equipment and online services they need to do their jobs well – and this is the topic of our latest Reg Reader survey. We have already had a ton of responses from IT professionals - hardly surprising, given Reg …
Phil Mitchell, 12 Sep 2011
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Is using your own kit at work a good thing?

One of the latest buzzwords to contaminate this great language of ours is ‘consumerisation’. According to many marketeers, it defines the future of end user computing. As with all good marketing terms, various definitions exist because ambiguity leaves more room for creative product positioning. Fundamentally, however, employees …
Phil Mitchell, 08 Sep 2011
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Finding the black-spots in service delivery

Today at 17:00BST/ 9:00PDT Reg Editor Tim Phillips is hosting a live event with Freeform Dynamics’ analyst Andy (ding ding) Buss and CA Technologies’ Patrick Ancipink. Together they'll try and help you spot, diagnose and fix the service black-spots in your business. IT nowadays is so complex that even the best systems, operated …
Phil Mitchell, 08 Aug 2011
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Finding the black-spots in service delivery

IT nowadays is so complex that even the best systems, operated by the best people in the game, can have black-spots when you bring them together to deliver a service to your customers. You've no doubt experienced the problem. You're sitting in IT looking at your systems management dashboard admiring the green lights, whilst the …
Phil Mitchell, 05 Aug 2011
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Virtualising your critical apps

Today at 3pm UK time we have a team of experts in our studio to talk about how and why you would virtualise your mission critical apps. The Register’s Tim Phillips is your host for the hour. With him are Andrew Buss from our friends at Freeform Dynamics, Andrew Fryer from Microsoft and Alun Rogers from Risual. Between them, …
Phil Mitchell, 12 Jul 2011

How to virtualise critical apps

Tomorrow, 12th of July, at 15:00BST we have a team of experts in our studio to talk about how and why you would virtualise your mission critical apps. The Register’s Tim Phillips is your host for the hour. With him are Andrew Buss from our friends at Freeform Dynamics, Andrew Fryer from Microsoft and Alun Rogers from Risual. …
Phil Mitchell, 11 Jul 2011
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Going Critical

The first wave of virtualisation projects are done and dusted, with many applications consolidated and running (reasonably) well. But in a lot of cases the business is still looking for more - faster response times, better availability, quickfire provisioning and on-demand capacity. Creating a dynamic infrastructure is becoming …
Phil Mitchell, 07 Jul 2011

What's the point of data centre orchestration?

Flipping the script on the 80/20 rule is the idea of data centre orchestration. It promises to take 80 per cent of the time IT departments spend fire-fighting and reallocate it to service delivery – putting big smiles on board members' faces and increasing job satisfaction in the IT department. Good luck with that, you might …
Phil Mitchell, 04 Jul 2011
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The Co-operative on application migration

When Reg reader Ian Cawson, technical architect for the Co-operative, was given some new projects to tackle - including CRC targets, reducing IT complexity to minimise M&A impact and a move of headquarters - he grasped the challenge with both hands and charged down to Vulture Towers to tell us all about it. Today at 11am BST Ian …
Phil Mitchell, 01 Jul 2011
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Does Office365 keep its promises?

The end of June marks the launch of Microsoft's biggest cloud initiative so far: Office 365. Some of you will have been playing with the beta, some of you will have it scheduled for the future, and some of you will see it implemented over your dead bodies. Today at 13:00 BST (8AM EST) we've got Penman Designs - who have been …
Phil Mitchell, 29 Jun 2011
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The Royal Mail tells us about its private cloud projects

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 into the cumulus - 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 …
Phil Mitchell, 29 Jun 2011

El Reg talks chips with Intel server strategist

Danny Bradbury from The Register heads down to Intel to talk about the new 2nd Gen chips, the E7 family of Xeon chips, with Dylan Larson, director of server technology initiatives for Intel. ® Watch Video var MediaPlayerVars = { '_': { 'http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pW-YXNSpt4': { screencolor: '000000 …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Jun 2011
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Royal Mail tells The Register how it's using private cloud

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 …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Jun 2011