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They shoot mainframes, don't they?

What does two and two make? The answer: a myth. It’s a joke, but not a very funny one, for IBM’s System z team: when they talk to customers who refuse to consider a move to a mainframe environment, two and two is their objection: "it will take me two years to do it, and I’m going to spend two million dollars in the struggle," …
Phil Mitchell, 21 Jun 2011
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Inside the Royal Mail's Internal Cloud

Holmes and Watson. Kirk and Spock. The Chuckle Brothers. And now, Steel and Knaresborough. Recently we brought you the feel-good tale "Royal Mail Moves to the Cloud" , in which intrepid Adrian Steel and trusty companion Glyn Knaresborough migrated 30,000 desktops - and lived to tell Reg readers their heartwarming story. They …
Phil Mitchell, 17 Jun 2011
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Which apps belong in the cloud?

Next Thursday, June 23rd, at 11:00 BST Reg editor Tim Phillips is joined by Reg reader James Greenman, Group IT Director at Care UK, to talk about where, when and why cloud might make sense for your apps. Care UK has started creeping into cloud and James has kindly agreed to join us to share his experiences. He'll explain what …
Phil Mitchell, 17 Jun 2011
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Cloud: Do Reg readers care?

Our thanks to all of you who took part in our recent El Reg Cloud survey. Our research partner Dale Vile of Freeform Dynamics has written up a study based on the results - it's free to download and no registration is required. Here are some choice cuts: Key findings range from the blindingly obvious: ‘…ambiguous and wildly …
Phil Mitchell, 16 Jun 2011

What does mission critical mean, anyway?

Since when did 'five nines' really mean anything? 99.999% uptime may have been a relevant mantra a decade ago, says Register contributor Trevor Pott, but in 2011, it is an outdated way to sell systems. IT has matured, and line of business customers just want to hear that their systems stand a very good chance of working when …
Phil Mitchell, 15 Jun 2011
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IRIS gets close up and SaaS-y with accountants

IRIS Software and Services produces packaged apps that half the UK's accountants use. But continually updating them as regulations change is a pain - so why not provide its software as a service? That's the plan that Accountancy Division CEO Phill Robinson explains to The Reg. Phill talks about why a stable, profitable software …
Phil Mitchell, 15 Jun 2011
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High Performance Computing for you?

Last week The Register's Tim Phillips packed the studio with a series of experts on the area of HPC to talk about what HPC means today. They argued that it's time to start thinking creatively about HPC. That it can it be standardised, commoditised and applied to more of your compute-intensive problems. And, that virtualisation …
Phil Mitchell, 15 Jun 2011
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Where do all the Free Schools go?

Education Secretary Michael Gove faces many obstacles (and many opponents) to his plan to let parents, charities and educational experts open and manage new Free Schools in their local areas. There are many hurdles for Free School advocates to overcome too - funding, for example. But even before you get to that stage, how do …
Phil Mitchell, 10 Jun 2011

Microsoft BPOS encourages jacuzzi use at Wise Group

Glasgow-based Wise Group has worked for a generation in Scotland to help get jobs for ex-offenders and the long-term unemployed. With a creaking IT system, many small offices and little cash to spend, Wise CIO Alan Lee-Bourke decided that his best chance of putting a jacuzzi in his server room was to use Microsoft BPOS to …
Phil Mitchell, 08 Jun 2011
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Can virtualisation and cloud create flexible, scalable HPC environments?

Today at 11:00 BST we’ve got Reg reader Dr Rob Johnson, HPC God at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International, Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics and Nick Hall at from Microsoft in our studio arguing that HPC is ready for prime time. You can hear them explain to The Register's Tim Phillips how their experience shows that HPC isn't …
Phil Mitchell, 07 Jun 2011
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How to get cloud skills

Disclosure first - El Reg is a media partner of the Microsoft Virtual Academy (MVA). And that means it's time for some, umm, media-ing. With the battle for mindshare in the cloud market reaching fever pitch, Microsoft aims to cement its position by training you to be a master of these new Cloud-arts™. Unsurprisingly, the focus …
Phil Mitchell, 03 Jun 2011
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Pain free Windows 7 roll outs? We show you how

At 11:00 BST today we have a studio full of experts discussing how to do a successful Windows 7 roll out. Tim Phillips is running the show with a little help from our friend Dale Vile from analysts Freeform Dynamics. Joining this pair is Will Westwick, head of workplace at BskyB, who recently kicked off a Win 7 migration of some …
Phil Mitchell, 02 Jun 2011
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High Performance Computing for the masses? Oh yes!

It's time to start thinking creatively about HPC: can it be standardised and commoditised? Can it be applied to more of your compute-intensive problems? Can virtualisation and the cloud create a flexible, scalable HPC environment that we can all use? We've got three people in our studio on the 7th of June at 11am who will argue …
Phil Mitchell, 26 May 2011
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How to plan a Windows 7 roll-out

Windows 7 may be Microsoft's fastest selling OS, but some of the larger scale roll outs have started only recently. Rev 1 teething problems, combined with the effects of a slump, fuelled the initial caution. But with many of you set to cut your teeth on this OS refresh, we have pulled some experts into our studio to give you a …
Phil Mitchell, 23 May 2011
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The Royal Mail moves to the cloud

When you're an organisation the size of the Royal Mail, there comes a point when you really have to stop and take stock of the IT operations. Reg reader Adrian Steele, from the Royal Mail, did this in 2008 and noted the state of their infrastructure. More than 30,000 users with multiple email systems, not enough bandwidth or …
Phil Mitchell, 18 Apr 2011
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What did the Open Data Center Alliance ever do for us?

The Open Data Centre Alliance is an independent group of vendors and end users - who seem to constitute the core of the steering committee - that aims to help smooth the inevitable standards wars that emerge with the battle for the Cloud space. Part of its remit is to develop a ‘vendor agnostic Usage Road Map’ that everyone can …
Phil Mitchell, 14 Apr 2011
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The Royal Mail moves to the cloud

When you're an organisation the size of the Royal Mail, there comes a point when you really have to stop and take stock of the IT operations. Reg reader Adrian Steel, from the Royal Mail, did this in 2008 and noted the state of their infrastructure. More than 30,000 users with multiple email systems, not enough bandwidth or …
Phil Mitchell, 13 Apr 2011
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How to manage server workloads

In our broadcast today, at 11:00BST, The Register's Tim Phillips is joined by Tony Lock, from Freeform Dynamics, and Ray Jones from IBM's mainframe division to discuss modern server workloads. You can join us here. They'll be looking at how much of the early promise of virtualisation is being held back by operational management …
Phil Mitchell, 07 Apr 2011
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Server workload challenges

The last two or three years have witnessed major shifts in the tectonics of server operations and management as “virtualisation” has begun to make inroads running corporate applications. But with the range of server platforms available on which to run applications and business services, where does it make sense to operate …
Phil Mitchell, 05 Apr 2011
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The workload challenge

The mainframe was there first, but is it the dinosaur that many people assume? For some workloads, it has never been bettered: many of today's business web sites store a production database on a mainframe host, for example. For applications that rely on large-scale transaction processing, that support thousands of users, manage …
Phil Mitchell, 30 Mar 2011
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Watch amazed as we turn data into Visualisation

Today at 15:00BST we’ll be in our studio exploring the visualisation techniques available and looking at how they should be applied in your business - from basic applications to highly sophisticated mapping techniques that can revolutionise the understanding of your business. You can watch it right here. There’s a whole lot of …
Phil Mitchell, 30 Mar 2011
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Making the decision on hosted apps

We have Reg reader Chet Loveland – who’s also the CISO from MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV), a 20,000 strong global business – giving us a practical run through how and why he moved a large chunk of his users into the cloud. He's live, online at 4PM BST, 11AM EST, 8AM PST, right here. Chet is joined by The Register’s own …
Phil Mitchell, 29 Mar 2011
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Making the decision on hosted apps

On the 29th March at we have Reg reader Chet Loveland – who’s also the CISO from MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV), a 20,000 strong global business – giving us a practical run through how and why he moved a large chunk of his users into the cloud. Chet is joined by The Register’s own inimitable host, Tim Phillips, Dale Vile from …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Mar 2011
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The workload challenge

The mainframe was there first, but is it the dinosaur that many people assume? For some workloads, it has never been bettered: many of today's business web sites store a production database on a mainframe host, for example. For applications that rely on large-scale transaction processing, that support thousands of users, manage …
Phil Mitchell, 25 Mar 2011
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Why and when choose PaaS?

If you were to draw a systems-stack view of cloud services, ‘Platform as a Service’ (PaaS) is the layer between ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ (IaaS) and ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS). Of all the ‘C word’ offerings, it is arguably the least well understood. Sure, most people can get the gist of PaaS - a hosted service that …
Phil Mitchell, 25 Mar 2011
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Visualisation into action

There’s a whole lot of data chugging around your organisation and most of you won’t be making the best use of it. That picture that can only worsen as more information gets digitised and your business creates more data. When you visualise your data, you can use it to make better decisions. We're going to show you how. Creating …
Phil Mitchell, 24 Mar 2011
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PaaS potential and practicality

If you were to draw a systems-stack view of cloud services, ‘Platform as a Service’ (PaaS) is the layer between ‘Infrastructure as a Service’ (IaaS) and ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS). Of all the ‘C word’ offerings, it is arguably the least well understood. Sure, most people can get the gist of PaaS - a hosted service that …
Phil Mitchell, 23 Mar 2011
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Hosted Apps: the risks and management challenges

Recently we ran a short series exploring the potential and pitfalls of SaaS (software-as-a-service). The Reg readers rather enjoyed getting stuck into the challenges and the opportunities. So we pulled it together into a two-part compendium for your viewing pleasure. Part 1 is here – where we look at the primary inhibitor: the …
Phil Mitchell, 22 Mar 2011
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Can telephony and IT work together?

Today at 11am Darren Stone from West Yorkshire Fire Service explains how his burning ambition to use communication technology rescued his organisation. Management problems for multiple devices meant he was constantly putting out fires in IT, answering emergency calls from his staff and sliding down the slippery pole towards …
Phil Mitchell, 21 Mar 2011
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Visualisation into action

There's a whole lot of data chugging around your organisation and most of you won’t be making the best use of it. That's a picture that can only worsen as more information gets digitised and your business creates more data. When you visualise your data, you can use it to make better decisions. We're going to show you how. …
Phil Mitchell, 17 Mar 2011
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Customising virtualised desktops

One of the biggest challenges arising from desktop virtualisation is the experience and demands of the end user. A one size fits all or lowest common denominator desktop approach is rarely a recipe for success when there are a range of use cases and expectations to cater for. Users are becoming more mobile and wanting to use a …
Phil Mitchell, 16 Mar 2011
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Can telephony and IT work together?

Over the years, fragmentation has crept upon organisations leaving communications across the company out of tune with the requirements of the business. Half your employees use email, half use the phone, a few use IM, and a bunch of others install their own apps. You don't know who said what, to who, and when they said it. You …
Phil Mitchell, 15 Mar 2011

The point of the pain when virtualising and customising desktops

Although we've been talking about desktop virtualisation for years, uptake remains modest. Where it has been successful it has been to solve particular pain points, such as centralised management or providing standardised desktops for transaction workers. But broader adoption has been lacking so far, with one of the biggest …
Phil Mitchell, 14 Mar 2011

Automating the data centre

Today at 11am, we have some special guests to talk us through the finer points of managing a data centre efficiently. Tim Phillips from The Register is the host for the day and he's joined by Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics, Greg Charman from Microsoft and Graham Rushton from Avanade. For some people, managing the services that …
Phil Mitchell, 11 Mar 2011
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Is videoconferencing ready for the big time?

Today at 15:00, The Register's Tim Phillips will be debating the value of videoconferencing with Cisco's Nick Sheppard and Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics. The three of them will look at what it takes, technically, to get videoconferencing working in your company. They'll look at past technologies in this space, the user …
Phil Mitchell, 10 Mar 2011
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Virtualising and customising desktops

Although we've been talking about desktop virtualisation for years, uptake remains modest. Where it has been successful it has been to solve particular pain points, such as centralised management or providing standardised desktops for transaction workers. But broader adoption of desktop virtualisation has been lacking so far, …
Phil Mitchell, 09 Mar 2011
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Automation: A new approach to data centre management

On 11 March at 11am, we have some special guests to talk us through the finer points of managing a data centre efficiently. Tim Phillips from The Register is the host for the day and he's joined by Tony Lock from Freeform Dynamics, Greg Charman from Microsoft and Graham Rushton from Avanade. For some people, managing the …
Phil Mitchell, 08 Mar 2011
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How to do a Windows 7 roll out

We know from research we've done with you that lots of you are either knee deep in a Windows 7 roll out, or you're about to be, so we thought we'd try and help. On the 8th of March at 11am we've got a rack of experts talking through the implications of a Windows 7 project. The Register's own Tim Phillips is your host for the …
Phil Mitchell, 07 Mar 2011
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Data centre orchestration

Data centre managers today need to get IT marching to the beat of the business and that means finely tuning the solutions and services they offer to get everything in step. On the 11th of March at 11am, we have a few special guests to talk us through the finer points of these challenges. Tim Phillips from The Register is host …
Phil Mitchell, 03 Mar 2011
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Is videoconferencing reborn?

On March 10th at 15:00, The Register's Tim Phillips will be debating the value of videoconferencing with a few people who are better qualified than him to answer your questions. It's a live event so we'd hope you'll have some questions. Cisco's Nick Sheppard and Dale Vile from Freeform Dynamics are there to discuss the nitty …
Phil Mitchell, 02 Mar 2011
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Moving to a service delivery model

Earlier this week we had a studio full of experts talking about how businesses can gain benefits from a shift to a service delivery model for the their IT function. The Register's Manek Dubash hosted the gig and he was joined by Andrew Buss from Freeform Dynamics, Gordon McKenna from Inframon and Ellis Paul from Microsoft. …
Phil Mitchell, 25 Feb 2011
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Can service centric IT deliver better value?

Today at 15:00 The Register’s Manek Dubash has a studio full of experts to talk about how taking a service centric approach to IT can help IT departments deliver better value to the business. Joining Manek will be Andrew Buss from Freeform Dynamics, Gordon McKenna from Inframon and Ellis Paul from Microsoft. The four of them …
Phil Mitchell, 22 Feb 2011
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Does service centric IT deliver better value?

IT is increasingly being challenged by end users and the business to deliver more - be it flexible working, increased responsiveness, 24 hour availability or reduced costs. For many, it can feel like fire fighting against a constant tide of unrealistic expectations that seem to shift over time while being under-appreciated for …
Phil Mitchell, 18 Feb 2011
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Improving productivity through BPM

Business process management (BPM) has traditionally been associated with hard-core process automation, and has often involved the use of similarly hard-core techniques like Lean Six Sigma. Such approaches may be considered overkill or simply not practical for dealing with the myriad of ad hoc, informal, and constantly changing …
Phil Mitchell, 10 Feb 2011
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Hosted apps and corporate security

Early last week our usual host Tim Phillips was joined by Andrew Buss, service director with Freeform Dynamics, and Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google Apps, to discuss security in the cloud. They look at whether SaaS is a safe option for businesses. What happens when the network is not available? Whether SaaS …
Phil Mitchell, 31 Jan 2011
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Time to get productive?

No doubt it’s been a hectic month with lots of unfulfilled work resolutions already flying out of the window. But we may be able to offer some respite from the dawn of another frustratingly unproductive year. In December we did a couple of broadcasts on productivity – starting with some proper, as opposed to ethereal, …
Phil Mitchell, 28 Jan 2011
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BPM beyond automation

Today at 11am, we'll be beaming live from our central London studios when The Register's own Tim Phillips will be joined by a couple of experts to talk about Business Process Automation. BPM has traditionally been associated with hard-core process automation, and has also often involved the use of similarly hard-core techniques …
Phil Mitchell, 27 Jan 2011
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The cloud, security and hosted apps

Today at 8am PST / 11am EST / 4pm GMT our usual host Tim Phillips will be joined by Andrew Buss, service director with Freeform Dynamics, and Eran Feigenbaum, director of security for Google Apps, to discuss the security and privacy issues surrounding hosted apps. Whatever your plans for the desktop, whether you're upgrading to …
Phil Mitchell, 26 Jan 2011
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The realities of SaaS and security

Whatever your plans for the desktop, whether you're upgrading to Windows 7, supporting the Mac or iPad, or virtualizing the whole lot, an interesting question is what to do about those office applications. You could take the evolutionary approach and upgrade the old suites, or you could look to move some or all of it into the …
Phil Mitchell, 24 Jan 2011
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BPM beyond automation

Business process management (BPM) has traditionally been associated with hard-core process automation, and has often involved the use of similarly hard-core techniques like Lean Six Sigma. Such approaches may be considered overkill or simply not practical for dealing with the myriad of ad hoc, informal, and constantly changing …
Phil Mitchell, 24 Jan 2011