One of the questions that we are constantly asked is "How do I migrate my existing machines to the cloud?" Several vendors have answered this question by developing software solutions to aid in this process, but they can be very costly and complicated to implement. Fortunately, there is a simple and free method that has been adopted by practically all virtualization platforms: OVF.
As a busy sysadmin, finding the time to package up and transfer a virtual machine can be difficult enough, so the last thing you want is for the import to fail. Below are some best practices to avoid the most common issues we see when exporting OVF files.
As the holiday season approaches, is your web infrastructure prepared to handle increased traffic? Can your back office systems accommodate a sudden increase in web transactions? Will your IT team be on call and ready to respond if they need to quickly bring additional servers online?
Seasonal spikes in web traffic are the reality for many industries including online retail. Businesses that aren’t prepared can be left scrambling to quickly setup new servers or, even worse, experience a website crash creating dissatisfied customers and lost revenue.
In this interview with Cortney Thompson, Green House Data Vice President of Operations, you’ll learn how to prepare your business for seasonal fluctuations in web traffic.
One major concern for parents and small business owners both is how to keep employees or kids safe and productive on the internet without having to spend a lot of money. While there is a wide variety of commercial software available, there is a free tool that does not require installation on every internet capable machine in the home or business. It is called OpenDNS.
You hear it almost as often as "cloud computing" these days. Around every corner of the internet is another headline talking about "Big Data", but what is it, exactly? When data sets grow so large and complex that they are difficult to manage with traditional databases or processing tools, that's Big Data. Almost every organization I talk to has their own definition of what they think encompasses Big Data: SMBs mention anything in the multi-terabyte range, enterprises are eyeing petabytes and exabytes, and meanwhile the government (like the NSA's massive Utah data center) are sorting through zettabytes and yottabytes. The use of cloud computing to manage Big Data is on the rise, too.
The reach of the Internet is growing at an astonishing rate; however, there are still thousands of businesses located in rural areas with less than stellar Internet connections. In most cases they are given only two options to get a faster, more reliable connection – wait or relocate.
Neither sounds very appealing so companies with the resources available have been working together to provide a third option – Internet peering exchanges.