Manufacturers Are Going Cloud: Why It’s the Answer for ERP & More

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, May 6th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting

Last month, a study released by IT analysts IDC got some headlines as it described “Worldwide Cloud Adoption in the Manufacturing Industry”. While based on some research from 2014, the study showed cloud computing growth among manufacturers will continue well into 2015 and beyond. Gartner agrees, stating that cloud-based manufacturing software will increase from 22% to 45% over the next decade.

How many manufacturers are using cloud, and what benefits does it bring?

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Why Colocate in the Westin Carrier Hotel?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, April 29th 2015 — Categories: Colocation , Colocation, Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber

Carrier hotels are generally large buildings, often in population centers, that are built to serve as a secure site for data communications interconnections. That means they also often function as large-scale colocation sites. By combining infrastructure resources, many providers can converge in a single facility, lowering overhead and allowing tenants access to many services and connections.

Green House Data’s Seattle data center in the Westin Building Exchange features 7,000 square feet of white space across three floors of the massive building. But what's so great about being in a carrier hotel, anyway?

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Improving Data Center QoS through MPLS Network Connections

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, April 22nd 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation , Hybrid Cloud, Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber

As part of Green House Data’s recent acquisition of FiberCloud, the company gained three data centers in the state of Washington, each connected via redundant fiber.

These network links are further improved through Multiple Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) network technology, which increases data center Quality of Service by allowing administrators better control over traffic shaping and faster receipt of data packets at endpoints.

This blog looks at how MPLS works and how it helps data centers provide better network services.

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How Vital is Your Cloud Data Center Location?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, April 14th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Data Center Design, Disaster Recovery, HIPAA Compliance, Networking and Fiber

As faster network speeds, MPLS networks between data centers, and software-defined technologies proliferate, it becomes easier than ever to host some applications across the country—or even across the world—without any negative impact.

However, for other cloud computing uses, data center location can have major implications when it comes to performance, compliance, and disaster recovery. There are two camps on the issue of data center locations for cloud infrastructure: yes, it matters, and no, it doesn’t make much of a difference.

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The Software Development Grenade

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, April 8th 2015 — Categories: Software Development

DevOps was created in response to the disconnect between the development team and the operations team within IT departments. This disconnect stems from a lack of communication and collaboration that creates this “wall of confusion” separating the IT department into two very distinct sections, resulting in low productivity.

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