Prepare for Windows Server 2003 End of Life

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, October 2nd 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation , Microsoft, Security

Less than a year remains until Microsoft halts support for Windows Server 2003. Just check the ominous countdown clock on their official migration website. With many systems still running Server 2003, including a plethora of 32-bit applications, now is the time to start a migration plan, if you haven't already.

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Worse Than Heartbleed? ‘Shell Shock’ Bash Vulnerability Hits Linux, OS X Boxes

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, September 25th 2014 — Categories: Security

News of a Bash vulnerability is spreading across the web today, and Green House Data has received multiple inquires from customers about the state of Linux servers, which are susceptible to the exploit. This bug allows remote code execution, so it could be used to distribute malware, run additional exploits, or access data. Bash is a command interpreter that is bundled with many distributions of Linux and Unix. Systems at risk include websites, servers, OS X Macs, routers, and other connected devices.

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Set Up and Configure vSphere Alarms for Resource Use, Suspicious Activity, and More

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, September 17th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Security, VMware

As you build out your cloud resources, you may begin to feel overwhelmed with the different elements that need your attention. Even if you have smaller environments, notifications are essential in case something is about to break or has already gone wrong.

VMware vSphere includes default alarms as well as the ability to add custom alarms that can notify admins for various events, conditions, or states. You can set up and configure alarms from the vSphere web client or native application.

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Cost-Effective Uses for HIPAA Cloud: Vendor Neutral Archiving and Enterprise Content Management

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, September 9th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, HIPAA Compliance

Healthcare providers who are researching and implementing new digital tools and electronic health records (EHRs) realize that infrastructure costs can increase quickly, especially for large file sets like medical imagery.

Some organizations may find that cloud and colocation may not be cost effective as they still have in-house infrastructure; others may be looking for a disaster recovery solution or new systems or software that must work together with the current Picture Archive and Communication System (PACS) or EHR environment.

By combining existing patient record systems with Vendor Neutral Archiving (VNA) and Enterprise Content Management (ECM) tools hosted with a compliant cloud vendor, providers can enable a central repository of patient information in an economical and powerful manner.

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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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