Docker Containers + VMware VMs: A Match Made in the Cloud?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 27th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, VMware

Docker is making waves. The company’s container technology, based on an old open source model, has raised them millions in just 18 months and is causing some to call virtual machines outdated and ineffective. But just what are containers? With VMware professing its support and intent to integrate Docker with VMware management tools, we interviewed CTO Cortney Thompson to get the lowdown on this hot cloud technology and how it compares to virtual machines.

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Green Data Center Roundup: Top Stories from August 2014

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, August 21st 2014 — Categories: Green Data Center

Innovating the data center industry means we have to pay attention to all the great things other companies are doing to improve operations and increase energy efficiency. There are lot of organizations pursuing greener IT, and this semi-monthly roundup of green data center stories will keep you in the loop with the latest.

This month we have a look inside Apple's solar farms, ways to improve data center cooling, how to tame your inefficient "accidental" data center in the back room of company HQ, and more. Here are August's top 4 green data center stories so far:

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Patching Best Practices for Virtual Machines and Servers

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 13th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation , Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Security, VMware

Patching is necessary to keep servers secure from attackers and viruses as well as free from bugs, which can sap productivity. Designing your server and virtual machine infrastructure to suit service levels and future change management will save you time and potential outages when the time comes to patch—and when it does, these simple best practices will help smooth the process.

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Three Ways Data Centers Can Build the Future of Electricity and Smart Grids

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, August 5th 2014 — Categories: Data Center Design, Green Data Center

As seminal punk band NOFX once sang, “Electricity / All we need to live today / A gift for man to throw away.” The data center industry has a love-hate relationship with electricity. It’s obviously a crucial resource that enables the productivity and innovation gains of cloud and large-scale computing, but it comes from polluting power plants, it’s expensive, and it’s delivered from an increasingly unreliable power grid in the United States. Data centers are also using more and more electricity every day.

New developments in electric generation and delivery as well as data center design innovations could help develop the much-hyped smart grid, bringing cost savings, increased reliability, and cleaner power generation. How can data centers and the electric grid work together to create the future of electricity?

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Grand Opening Celebration!

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, July 31st 2014 — Categories: Green Data Center

On July 30th, 2014, we welcomed Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, customers, friends, and family to our brand new data center and headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The event included speeches from President Shawn Mills and Governor Mead, a flag raising by local scout troop 221, beer from New Belgium, snacks, and private VIP tours. The new 35,000 square foot building is already 1/4 full and will launch with 5MW capacity, expandable to 8MW. It is four times larger than the original facility.

"We started with just one customer," said CEO Shawn Mills, "Today, we're very excited to say we count over 350 customers from around the world, including five countries and 26 states."

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