Cloud Migration FAQ: Answers from An Industry Veteran

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 5th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Microsoft, VMware

As Director of Engineering and Operations at Green House Data, Mike Mazarakis has helped his share of companies migrate to the cloud. With 20 years of data center and networking experience, he's a self-described “pragmatist in IT” who has watched virtualization evolve into the concept of cloud we all know today.

Mike answered questions submitted by the public in a webcast last month. We interviewed him to get the answers to the most pressing cloud migration questions and help you plan your move to hosted IT. Look for more features in our cloud migration series in the coming weeks.

After the jump, learn how small businesses and enterprises differ in their approach to the cloud, read a walkthrough of one company's quest to move to the cloud while continuing to use existing IT assets, and see the three primary types of new cloud users—plus more!

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Check These Five Areas to Make Your Data Center More Energy Efficient

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 29th 2015 — Categories: Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center

Even if in-house enterprise data centers are shockingly inefficient (as IDC recently discovered) most data center designers and operators are looking to reduce their energy consumption, as it’s one of the biggest IT expenses. Budgets are tight, so large retrofits or new builds are often out of the question.

To increase energy efficiency and add the bonus of a lower carbon footprint, IT executives should perform a complete power consumption evaluation and then check out each of the following five areas of the data center.

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Blog Roundup: Top Data Center Stories from June 2015

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 8th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center, Security, Virtual Desktop

It's been nearly a year since we've done a blog roundup, but if you follow Green House Data on Twitter or LinkedIn, you know we stay tuned to the latest data center, networking, and green energy news. In case you missed it, last month brought out headlines on inefficient in-house enterprise data centers, security and shadow app use, tips for vSphere data center design, and a debate over Greenpeace's report on green data centers. According to our Twitter stats, readers found the following articles the most interesting last month.

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5 Tips to Develop an IT Security Policy That Will Actually Get Followed

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 1st 2015

It’s an all too familiar experience for many IT teams: a crisis hits, whether it’s an outage, security breach, or Cryptolocker infection. The culprit? User error due to unsafe computer practices. Your company has a security policy, but it’s stodgy, out of date, and most users just sign the bottom without ever reading it. Here are five ways to develop a clear, engaging, and inclusive corporate information security document that will actually get followed and protect your vital data.

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CloudStack vs. vCloud—Which is Right for Your Organization?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, June 17th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, VMware

There are a few leading choices on the market when it comes to deploying and managing cloud servers. Two popular options are CloudStack, an open source project from Apache, and vCloud from VMware. The two platforms both offer web portals for cloud management, API compatibilities, snapshots, monitoring, security options, and virtual network tools.

Depending on your IT department’s current infrastructure, staff levels, and knowledge, one or the other might be a better choice for private or hybrid cloud deployments.

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