Life on the Edge: Data Centers Sprout Up Away from Major Metros

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, October 13th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber

Demand remains strong in top data center markets across the world. You know the usual suspects: New York City, London, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Dallas. But unexpected locations are becoming more and more desirable for data center facilities, with demand growing in tier-two markets like the Pacific Northwest, but also in edge locations closer to the end user.

An “edge” location used to be limited to so-called tier-1 cities – those mentioned above, plus Chicago, Los Angeles, and other major metropolitan centers. Now it has expanded to tier-2 cities like Denver, Minneapolis, and yes, even Cheyenne, WY.

Why are data centers growing outside of major markets?

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Disaster Recovery FAQ: Answers from Our Experts

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, October 7th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Disaster Recovery, FAQs

Disaster recovery is a vital part of any backup strategy, but sometimes it's not clear how it differs from your everyday backups. A Microsoft survey discovered most organizations experience 4 or more disruptions each year with an average cost of $1.5 million an hour. To fight the high cost of downtime, 43% of IT professionals are planning to invest in or improve their business continuity with cloud-based disaster recovery, citing reduced costs and expanded coverage as their primary reasons, according to IDG.

With disaster recovery (DR) taking such a high priority in the IT world right now, we asked our resident expert Josh Larsen, Sales Engineer, to answer some of the most common DR questions.

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How to Install a LAMP Stack on Cent OS or Red Hat Cloud Servers

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, September 30th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, FAQs

If you’re running an open source server in the gBlock cloud, you are probably already familiar with a LAMP stack. If you haven’t used one before, LAMP is a web application and deployment stack that is very common and simple to install and use on your virtual machines. This blog will walk you through a LAMP installation so you can get development cranking.

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Four Reasons Recent Reports Forecast Major Growth for the Green Data Center Market

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 — Categories: Data Center Design, Green Data Center

Two recent reports have been making the rounds, each claiming the green data center market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate greater than 25% over the next four to five years. As the market for data center equipment expands, the demand for energy efficient hardware and support infrastructure is expected to increasingly drive investments.

Why and how are “green” data centers shifting the market so dramatically? Here are four factors driving major investment in green data center technology.

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Software-Defined Data Centers Put Hybrid Cloud In Your Hands

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, September 16th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, VMware

Two of the most buzzworthy IT strategies right now are hybrid infrastructure, especially hybrid cloud, and software-defined data centers (SDDC). With VMware recently throwing its weight behind SDDC technologies and surveys from last year demonstrating that 75% of C-Level executives are focusing on hybrid cloud, these technologies are here to stay.

Gartner reports that only 10-15% of enterprises and mid market organizations are currently using hybrid computing, however. Their report states that, “More advanced approaches…suffer from significant setup and operational complexity.” New software defined data center management could help bridge the gap between interest and implementation.

Together, software-defined technology and hybrid IT help deliver a mobile, highly resilient and easy to manage infrastructure for your business applications and data. Here’s how.

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