5 Tips to Develop an IT Security Policy That Will Actually Get Followed

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 1st 2015

It’s an all too familiar experience for many IT teams: a crisis hits, whether it’s an outage, security breach, or Cryptolocker infection. The culprit? User error due to unsafe computer practices. Your company has a security policy, but it’s stodgy, out of date, and most users just sign the bottom without ever reading it. Here are five ways to develop a clear, engaging, and inclusive corporate information security document that will actually get followed and protect your vital data.

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CloudStack vs. vCloud—Which is Right for Your Organization?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, June 17th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, VMware

There are a few leading choices on the market when it comes to deploying and managing cloud servers. Two popular options are CloudStack, an open source project from Apache, and vCloud from VMware. The two platforms both offer web portals for cloud management, API compatibilities, snapshots, monitoring, security options, and virtual network tools.

Depending on your IT department’s current infrastructure, staff levels, and knowledge, one or the other might be a better choice for private or hybrid cloud deployments.

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Data Center Grand Opening Wrap Up: Orangeburg, New York

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, May 7th 2015

Green House Data executives and employees joined the team at 1547 Critical Systems Realty to celebrate the grand opening of a new data center facility in Orangeburg, New York on May 5th, 2015. Green House Data will operate 20,000 square feet in the facility with room to expand, including disaster recovery office space for customers.

The grand opening was well attended, with industry figureheads as well as local government officials. The building was open for tours after the ribbon cutting ceremony, and Green House Data also toured our suite, which has a rack installed and is powered up and ready for tenants.

Click through for some pictures and more details.

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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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