On Wednesday 4th March 2015, we hosted our latest ICT in Education Seminar in a packed Chicago Suite at the Microsoft Campus in Reading.
Attended by over a hundred head teachers, network and ICT managers from schools across the region, the event hosted technology update sessions from specialist education ICT staff at Microsoft, HP, Medhurst, Hugh Symons and Lightspeed Systems.
Following registration and breakfast, delegates were welcomed to the event by Medhurst Managing Director Charlie Baynes and Steve Beswick, Director of Education Business at Microsoft: Steve Beswick Presentation.
Mark Deakin, Partner Technology Strategist at Microsoft opened the seminar sessions with an overview on how to leverage Microsoft Azure to enhance and protect your on premise infrastructure and an update on Office 365: Microsoft Azure Platform
This was followed by a technical demonstration from Medhurst Technical Director Dave Bartlett and Cloud Specialist Richard Blunden showing how the Microsoft Azure platform can be used for off-site backups to ensure business continuity. The demonstration also showed how the new shared VHDX feature can be used to create continuously available clusters within virtual machines: Making the most of Microsoft Azure Platform with Medhurst Technical Director, Dave Bartlett
At lunch delegates were able to network with other peers and see the latest range of audio visual and Interactive touchscreen solutions on display from Hugh Symons.
After lunch, the afternoon sessions started with a presentation from HP’s Education Segment Lead, Paul Morrison and Paul Richards on the company’s Gen9 servers and Software Defined Networks. The seminar came to a close with a presentation from Lightspeed Systems’ Matt Price on Mobile Device Management: Mobile Device Management with Matt Price and Jimmy Lee of Lightspeed Systems
Our next Microsoft ICT in Education seminar will be a ‘deep-dive’ technology session in the autumn.