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OCRE reassures senior managers about moving to public cloud

The University of Bath has had an on-site high-performance computing (HPC) facility for a long time, but they believed public cloud could offer HPC users more flexibility. To verify this, they tested key software applications used in HPC to see if they could work as well in a pre-production Microsoft Azure public cloud environment and […]

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Service announcements

VMware Cloud on AWS via OCRE

Exploit your existing investment in VMware skills, the scalability and agility of AWS and the procurement benefits of the OCRE Cloud Framework by adopting VMware Cloud on AWS. Jisc are pleased to announce that VMware Cloud on AWS is now available through the OCRE Cloud Framework, providing a simple and OJEU-compliant way to procure VMware […]

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Service announcements

Cloud Co-Start for AWS

A new way for your institution or college to get started with AWS. CoStart is a Jisc cloud offering where we help you get started using your recently purchased AWS products. Or perhaps, if you would like to use it as a resetting approach to your existing AWS cloud. Cloud Co-Start is a fixed price, […]

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Service announcements

Cloud retained expertise

Jisc cloud expertise can now be purchased in advance so that you don’t need to worry about available funds when you come to run your planned projects. This means that you can reserve our services for a future time if you cannot be sure exactly when you will need them. We call this a retained […]

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Cloud advice

Scaling genomics workloads using HPC on AWS

AWS has made the recording available from their recent webinar, Scaling genomics workloads using HPC on AWS, presented by Aniket Deshpande and Evan Bollig. This is a great resource and I strongly recommend watching it, especially if you are relatively new to the idea of running research workloads on a public cloud platform like AWS. […]

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Cloud advice

Thinking about cloud energy usage at Jisc

Ever wondered how much energy your cloud computing is using? Jisc have, but it is not all that easy to get an answer. In an attempt to find out, Etsy created what they call their Cloud Jewels. These are estimated conversion factors that turn cloud compute consumption into watt-hours. Building on this, an open-source project […]

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Cloud advice

Microsoft 365, information governance & retention

In our discussions with our customers, one of the most common questions that arise is “Do I need to back up my Office 365 data?”. While this blog is not written to answer that question, my next post might attempt to, one of the key services in the Microsoft 365 platform to reduce or remove […]

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Cloud advice

Azure Active Directory – Issues with User Consent

This blog has been written in collaboration with the Jisc Trust & Identity and Cyber Security teams. Jisc has recently become aware of a potential security risk associated with the default Azure Active Directory (AAD) security settings that are commonly in place across our membership. If your organisation uses AAD (or plans to use it), […]

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News

AI, cloud and the environment

For those of you with an interest in AI (and who doesn’t have an interest in AI these days!?) there’s a post over on our sibling blog at the Archives Hub by Adrian Stevenson of Jisc, reviewing the recent CogX Global Leadership Summit and Festival of AI event. See Artificial Intelligence – Getting the Next […]

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Cloud advice

Securing Azure Virtual Desktop

With the start of the pandemic last year, and the huge increase of working from home that it prompted, Azure Virtual Desktop (or Windows Virtual Desktop as it was then) became an important tool for providing a wide variety of applications to remote users. Ostensibly AVD is easy and quick to deploy, meaning environments can […]