We sat down with Ray to talk about Microsoft presence at BETT plus his views on topics such as cloud services and Netbooks.
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this was done in a toilet :d
dont like data centres. puts people out of work
Flemming talks a lot of sense about cloud/hosted applications. For one, the example of an email service is an easy sell. As you start having to provide personalized email services to thousands of users the storage and admin requirements increase drastically. Do you shell out tens of thousands of pounds on storage that realistically you might have to dedicate solely to exchange or...
do you go with a live@edu type service for pupils who are well versed in webmail anyway. Easy sell to the userbase in that instance. And the point about retaining some apps/services onsite is also valid, a seperate onpremise mail system for staff could be more manageable and provide enough control or provide a sufficiently reliable offline model.
Fit the application to the deployment model, that's what cloud computing means to me.....not put everything on the cloud, just as VDI doesn't mandate that you put every app in the server room. It's just not feasible.T
here will still be a role for the in-house IT staff, but if your smart you'll go with solutions that let you effectively manage server and storage sprawl. vmware, storage virtualization, dedupe, d2d. These are technologies that help an administrator keep his role not threaten it. But even with the best, most efficient use of these new features, some apps may still be better off in the cloud.
Ray does a good job promoting Microsoft. His blog is excellent. He tries to bring together whats going on at Microsoft and the world of Education IT.
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