As Cybersecurity Month Ends, Revisit Your Business IT Security Measures

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, October 28th 2015 — Categories: Security

If you missed it, President Obama designated October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. The move was designed to engage and educate the public to increase awareness about cybersecurity issues and increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident.

As Cybersecurity Awareness Month comes to a close, now is an ideal time to evaluate your security measures to keep your information safe. 

Businesses are increasingly dependent on the internet for their daily operations. With vital information to protect, a regular assessment of your business’ security protocol should become habit. Consider what information your organization collects, how you store information internally, who has access to the information and what measures your organization takes to protect this data. Is it secure? Would your customers feel secure with your data storage techniques?

These three areas should be among the first on your list when evaluating your cybersecurity.

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What Dell’s Acquisition of EMC Means for Partners & Providers

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Friday, October 23rd 2015 — Categories: VMware

By now you’ve likely heard the news. It is after all the biggest technology acquisition in history: Dell plans to purchase VMware parent company EMC for a whopping $67 billion. While many other industry giants are downsizing and focusing themselves, this will create a behemoth.

What does it mean for service providers who might purchase equipment from Dell or EMC, plus virtualization from VMware? Ultimately it comes down to a balance between competition (vendor neutrality) and the additional resources and integration offered by a one-stop vendor.

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Amazon’s Bring Your Own License Plan? Old News

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, October 20th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Microsoft

Amazon stirred the cloud hosting pot a bit early this month by announcing that users could now bring their own Windows or Oracle licenses to the EC2 public cloud, supposedly solving the dilemma of high license costs in the cloud. In truth, the solution is a simple one that many cloud providers—including Green House Data—have offered for a long time.

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Life on the Edge: Data Centers Sprout Up Away from Major Metros

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, October 13th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber

Demand remains strong in top data center markets across the world. You know the usual suspects: New York City, London, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Dallas. But unexpected locations are becoming more and more desirable for data center facilities, with demand growing in tier-two markets like the Pacific Northwest, but also in edge locations closer to the end user.

An “edge” location used to be limited to so-called tier-1 cities – those mentioned above, plus Chicago, Los Angeles, and other major metropolitan centers. Now it has expanded to tier-2 cities like Denver, Minneapolis, and yes, even Cheyenne, WY.

Why are data centers growing outside of major markets?

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Disaster Recovery FAQ: Answers from Our Experts

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, October 7th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Disaster Recovery, FAQs

Disaster recovery is a vital part of any backup strategy, but sometimes it's not clear how it differs from your everyday backups. A Microsoft survey discovered most organizations experience 4 or more disruptions each year with an average cost of $1.5 million an hour. To fight the high cost of downtime, 43% of IT professionals are planning to invest in or improve their business continuity with cloud-based disaster recovery, citing reduced costs and expanded coverage as their primary reasons, according to IDG.

With disaster recovery (DR) taking such a high priority in the IT world right now, we asked our resident expert Josh Larsen, Sales Engineer, to answer some of the most common DR questions.

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