This Cybersecurity Month, Cultivate a Security Culture at Work

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, October 20th 2016 — Categories: Security

If you work in IT, the idea of a data breach is probably a lot spookier than some ghost invading the data center. October is Cybersecurity Month in the United States, and organizations like the FBI, the National Cyber Security Alliance, Sophos, and others are promoting secure digital practices for home users and businesses. It’s the perfect time to reevaluate your approach to cybersecurity and make sure you’re cultivating a culture of cybersecurity.

With ransomware continuing to spread at an ever more rapid clip and the cost of IT system downtime hitting over $1 million for the average enterprise, you can’t afford to lose productivity to viruses, malware, or stolen intellectual property. Here are some quick tips to help foster secure digital practices in your workplace.

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“Fog Computing”: Paradigm Shift or Just Another Buzzword?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, October 18th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting

Cloud computing has largely hit the mainstream. Your mom knows about it (at least vaguely — she’s probably asking you to help her put her pictures in the cloud). But IT progress continues to march on, and a new model of information processing is beginning to take shape: fog computing.

So where does fog take over from cloud? When an army of connected devices require constant processing power and connectivity. The Internet of Things is coming fast. According to IDC, the IoT will expand by 2020 to include 4 billion people online, 25 million or more apps, 25 billion embedded and intelligent systems, and 50 trillion gigabytes of data.

Fog computing is a way to manage some of those bandwidth and processing power demands by splitting the duties between the local device and remote data centers. It should sound familiar if you know the hybrid cloud model, which balances onsite virtualization with hosted cloud from cloud providers.

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The Data Center Walkthrough Checklist

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, October 13th 2016

Data centers never shut down, and the doors don’t ever really close. With 24/7 access for those with security clearance, plus round-the-clock monitoring by NOC staff and engineers, data centers don’t need a walkthrough to close up shop, unlike many other businesses.

That doesn’t mean that a similar process isn’t followed at the end of every shift or periodically throughout the day, however.

At Green House Data, the Global Support Center staff members are charged with walkthroughs to ensure proper operation of the data center from entrance to loading dock. Use this as a template for your own facility — or read it as assurance that we’re doing all we can to guarantee 100% uptime and a great customer experience.

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Disaster Recovery Can Be An On-Ramp to the Cloud

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, October 6th 2016 — Categories: Disaster Recovery

Disaster recovery and DRaaS solutions are intended as a method to keep a constant, or near-constant copy of your IT infrastructure in the cloud, ready to turn on a moment’s notice in the case of downtime at your primary data center site. But DR tools can also be used for your initial cloud migration, providing an on-ramp to the cloud that is cost-effective and relatively fast. You also get the bonus of a ready-to-go DR plan, if you continue to maintain the DR environment after your production servers turn on.

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Tips to Manage Resource Pools in Your VMware Cloud

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, October 4th 2016

Resource pools in VMware powered clouds are one way to manage all available server resources and divide them among your virtual machines (VMs). They are essentially folders for your VMs that direct the server to allocate a certain amount of resources to a specified group of VMs in a hierarchy.

Resource pools are generally used to prioritize certain VMs over others, for reselling resources outside of your organization, and for isolating groups of VMs within performance standards, like when setting up a pool for Testing and Development vs. Production. Access controls are another reason to use resource pools – administrators can delegate a single pool of resources to a team member based on permissions.

Here are some tips to help you efficiently manage the CPU and memory allocated to your cloud servers.

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