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Empowering Data Insights: Oracle Analytics Cloud Transformed University Reporting

Quistor is the Oracle partner that provides cloud solutions in the UK through the OCRE framework. This framework allows you to access Coud services at discounted prices and with simplified procurement processes. One of the cloud services that Quistor offers is Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC), a powerful platform that lets you explore and visualise your […]

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News

Reminder: PSTN end of life in 2025

Openreach are in the progress of moving all customers from the old analogue public switched telephone network (PSTN) to a fully digital network: Openreach puts the stopper on copper | Openreach – this means no more ISDN or analog copper lines, fiber is the way forward.  As of September 2023, Openreach are only provide digital […]

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Service announcements

New service: Microsoft 365 Health Check

After a successful pilot, we now offer the new Jisc Cloud professional service – Microsoft 365 Health Check A high-level security review of the Microsoft 365 tenant- Review of Microsoft Security Centre Review the Tenant against Jisc and Microsoft best practices. Entra conditional access policies Review of Teams admin portal Use and recommendations – various […]

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GÉANT launches market consultation for upcoming ‘OCRE 2024’ tender

The OCRE cloud framework has been a successful initiative to provide cloud services to the research and education sector. GÉANT, in collaboration with NRENs including Jisc, is preparing the procurement for the next iteration of the framework, aiming to address the changing needs and challenges of the sector. GÉANT has published a Prior Information Notice […]

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Cloud advice

Road to Cyber Essentials: Android

This is the 8th part of my Road to CE series, in this post we’ll look at Android and fully managing Android. Microsoft + Android MDM is a lot easier than Apple, that’ll be coming up in the next post. Initial Setup First follow the instructions on Connect your Intune account to your Managed Google […]

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Cloud advice

Road to Cyber Essentials: iOS

This is the 9th part of my Road to CE series, in this post we’ll look at iOS and fully managing iOS (iPhone/iPads), we’ll cover MacOS briefly as well for the initial setup, but MacOS will be a future post. Sadly Apple MDM in Intune isn’t as fluid as Android, but we’ll go through it. […]

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Service announcements

New Jisc cloud professional services pilots

I’m excited to introduce two new services that Jisc cloud is seeking institutions to pilot with us: Microsoft Intune deployment accelerator pilot A project to demonstrate how to use Microsoft Intune so that you can confidently set the configuration and policies that will enable endpoint management. This will include mobile devices as well as laptop/desktop […]

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News

OCRE Cloud Framework – projected UK savings pass £10 million

Framework performance The four-year pan-European Open Clouds for Research Environments Cloud Framework (OCRE) launched in January 2021, with the aim of accelerating the adoption of public cloud in the Research and Education community. Over 185 contracts have now been signed by UK institutions across a range of platforms, with projected savings to the sector in […]

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Cloud advice

Road to Cyber Essentials: Defender for Identity/Azure Identity Protection

This is the  7th part of my blog series on the Road to CE series.  In today’s post we’ll look at Defender for Identity and Azure Identity Protection to assist with Cyber Essentials. One big area in Cyber Essentials is monitoring and removing access when a compromise occurs, Microsoft has tools built into Azure AD […]

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Cloud advice

Road to Cyber Essentials: Winget/New Store Apps

Welcome to the 6th in the Road to CE series, this time we’re going to talk about Winget and the new application deployment methods in Intune.  Winget and the new Store deployment method are a key pillar in CE, ensuring apps are up to date.  This post was partially written with Bing Chat Compose. What […]