Four Hybrid Use Cases to Get Your Head in the Cloud

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 11th 2017 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Enterprise Applications, Hybrid IT, IT Modernization, IT Operations, VMware

“Can my application run in the cloud?”

It’s a question we get more frequently than you might think — and the answer is almost always yes. Just yesterday, we got a web chat from an individual who wanted to know if a cloud server could run his e-mail server, SMTP-based, with PowerMTA, or if he would need a dedicated option. Mail servers are frequently run on virtual machines, so this configuration should pose no problem as a cloud server.

There are thousands of applications, running on a wide variety of operating systems, that play nice with VMware virtualization platforms (the basis of the gBlock cloud). Here are four hybrid cloud use cases to get you started.

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Avoid Virtual Machine Performance Problems from Antivirus Tools

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Monday, January 9th 2017 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Security, VMware

You’re probably familiar with the kind of performance issues inherent in antivirus/antimalware tools. Anyone who has used a PC when the antivirus scan boots up can attest to sluggish performance. The same issues rear their head when using antivirus in a virtual environment – but virtual machines come with their own set of wrinkles.

Antivirus software can be installed either on the VM itself or on the host. Depending on your approach, you’ll want to consider these key factors to maximize performance.

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Strong Governance Policies Are Key to Cloud Success

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 4th 2017

IT governance is focused on the policies you apply when using services, software, and hardware. When it comes to the cloud, governance plays a vital role in compliance, security, cost control, and performance. It can help you rein in shadow IT, keep an eye on internal and provider SLAs, and add accountability.

Ultimately cloud governance is not incredibly different from general IT governance. Most IT departments likely adhere to some form of governance policy for data center or infrastructure assets, ensuring that hardware and software deployments are used according to company policy, that they are tracked and maintained, and that they are providing useful value.

Here's how to get started designing a cloud governance policy.

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2016 Data Center News & Trends Wrap Up

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, December 29th 2016

Another year down. Although 2016 was turbulent, to say the least, in the data center world things keep chugging along at an exciting pace. With mega-mergers completing, cloud adoption accelerating, and green energy continuing to make headlines, the data center industry continues to change and grow.

Here are the biggest headlines from around the data center world, plus the most popular posts from our own blog this year. Catch up on the articles getting the most clicks before we say goodbye to 2016 and usher in the New Year.

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Getting Savvy About Software Licensing Can Save Thousands

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, December 20th 2016

Licensing software for a cloud environment can be tricky: who owns the license? Should you buy it outright or treat is as an operational expense and part of your subscription? But beyond the puzzle of setting up the license itself, there is the problem of software license sprawl and expense in general.

Gartner predicts $332 billion in software charges this year. One report found that of these massive software expenses,  wasted licensing cost an average of $224 per computer. That added up to $7 billion in idle or underused licenses.

Adding software licensing to your list of things to actively manage might sound like a hassle, but reclaiming those expenses will allow you to demonstrate IT cost savings and put that budget towards more valuable projects.

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