Employees Remain Biggest IT Security Threat, But Training & Investment Still Lag Behind

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, May 26th 2016 — Categories: Security

If your cybersecurity efforts were the big boss in a video game, your users would be the flashing weak point for hackers to attack. So why aren’t IT departments spending more time and money on training?

Surveys from across the industry are discovering that while IT security spending continues to increase, even with budgets shrinking overall, the amount spent on policy, end user training, and staff certification is much lower than the amount spent on hardware and software for detection and mitigation.

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An Introduction to vSphere Networking: vSwitch & VLAN

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, May 17th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, VMware

This week we're taking you behind the scenes of your cloud environment and looking at vSphere virtual networking, including the difference between virtual switches/networks and their physical counterparts, plus the primary configuration options for vSwitches and vLANs. 

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Getting Up to Speed with Cloud Application Testing

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, May 12th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage

There are plenty of ways to use cloud computing for your enterprise applications, but if you’re going beyond Software as a Service options, chances are high that you’ll want to test your cloud application before deploying it to a live user environment. Because cloud is such a malleable term, “cloud testing” can be confusing too. Let’s clear up what exactly needs to be considered when you launch a cloud testing initiative.

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Data Center Energy Efficiency Benchmarks Continue to Morph

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, May 10th 2016 — Categories: Data Center Design, Green Data Center

For the past decade, Power Usage Effectiveness has been the most common standard to measure data center energy efficiency. While PUE remains in the news with recent controversy over its inclusion in the latest ASHRAE standards, other energy efficiency metrics are starting to catch on – specifically server utilization.

We’ve covered PUE before on the blog, but basically it’s the ratio of overall power used to power used for strictly computing equipment. The closer to a 1.0 ratio, the more efficient the facility.

As the industry has matured, PUE has come under fire as being too simple, easy to manipulate, or failing to consider other environmental concerns. This led to the development of other data center energy efficiency and environmental impact measurements and benchmarks, for renewable use, reeuse of energy, and even water consumption.

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As IoT Grows, Identity Management & Access Controls Must Tighten

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, May 5th 2016

Everything’s online. It’s all connected. The Internet of Things might feel like it’s slowly creeping up until one day your refrigerator, toaster, front door, and dog’s collar are all talking via the cloud—but even if that reality hasn’t yet come to exact fruition, the time to lay the infrastructure groundwork for the IoT is upon us.

That means that security is also growing in importance. Big data comes from a wide variety of sources and is accessed along many different network vectors and locations along the way. From the initial record sent out on the network to the storage array holding it to the analytics platform and end user crunching the numbers, big data and the IoT translate into new ways for critical information to leak.

Identity management and access controls must be simple, enforced, and strengthened in order to keep our future of cloud big data platforms intact.

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