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Azure Virtual Desktop has a new scaling solution

Microsoft have recently announced the Preview of Autoscale for Azure Virtual Desktop and at first blush it looks like native scaling has had some much-needed improvements. The previous incarnation was a little clumsy, requiring you to independently create an automation account, an Azure function and optionally, a Log Analytics Workspace. In addition, any parameters then […]

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Case studies

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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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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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 […]

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Remote access and Zero Trust

Zero Trust is a concept which has been around for at least the last decade. Whilst organisations were aware of it and implementing aspects of a Zero Trust architecture, it was not until 2020, for obvious reasons, that pretty much every organisation was forced into thinking about its adoption; responding to a distributed and fragmented […]

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Service announcements

OCRE Cloud Framework – Supplier Workshops 11-13 May

Join Jisc’s series of free online workshops to find out how the OCRE Cloud Framework can benefit your digital transformation. The new framework has got off to a flying start, with over 60 expressions of interest and 21 organisations already contracted to consume cloud services at substantially discounted rates. As Mark Barrow, Infrastructure Manager at […]

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Service announcements

Saving money on ExpressRoute

(This blog post was originally written by James Blessing as part of Jisc’s Shaping the Future of Janet blog). A number of organisations connected to Janet use ExpressRoute to create a dedicated connection from their campus to the Microsoft Azure Platform, others choose to use the multiple high capacity peerings that we have with Microsoft […]

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Learn – the pathway to the cloud!

Even though the pandemic has accelerated cloud adoption through 2020 into 2021, the leading cloud providers recognised the potential and benefits of the cloud long before the events of the last twelve months; they have been planning for some time now. They are preparing the future workforce is ready to help them realise the potential […]

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Service announcements

The OCRE Cloud Framework

A more efficient way to buy cloud for education and research. The OCRE Cloud Framework is a new way to buy cloud for universities, colleges and other research organisations. The framework is OJEU-compliant and offers an easy procurement route for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and associated Software as a […]