What Are Software-Defined Data Centers, Networks, and Storage?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 15th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation , Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Colocation, Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber, VMware

The software defined data center (SDDC) is a natural evolution of virtualization, extending it beyond virtual machines on a server to virtual networks, virtual storage, and new automated management tools with similar benefits to traditional virtualization. The term was first coined by VMware CTO Steve Herrod in 2012.

In an SDCC, all physical infrastructure is treated as one resource that can be divided as needed, rather than split up by individual servers, switches, routers, hard drive, storage bays, and so on. Software and services are installed on an abstracted layer on top of data center hardware to manage virtual networks, virtualized servers, and virtual storage.

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3 Stages of Data Center Security: From Threat to Remediation

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 8th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation , Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Networking and Fiber, Security, VMware

Security. When it comes down to it, security is the main reason many executives are wary of cloud hosting. It’s a good reason, too. It takes a bit of faith to put critical business data into external infrastructure. Managed cloud security services offer peace of mind as dedicated NOC staff keeps watch 24 hours a day for incoming threats, both taking precautions and responding to attacks as soon as they are detected. The three stages of managed security services are:

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How to Upload and Use Public Media in VMware vCloud

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Monday, December 30th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, VMware, FAQs

Public media in VMware vCloud is organized in catalogs. Administrators can create and organize files in catalogs for public users. In vCloud Director, media can be virtual machine and vApp templates or ISO images used as boot and installation disks. Media images stored in catalogs can be attached to vApps and mounted by virtual machines. This blog post will take a look at how to upload and use public media.

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5 Ways to Use SharePoint 2013 Out of the Box

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, December 18th 2013 — Categories: Microsoft

Strategic initiatives come in many flavors, and one type is meant to create transformation inside the organization. These types of goals and objectives move the business forward.

Unfortunately, it seems like information technology workers get little to no notice when these initiatives are launched. The objectives are in place, and now the business wants results very quickly. When IT is not ready (or in some cases, not willing), or if management is unhappy with the cost structure or the level of service, they will consider bypassing internal resources. When this happens, frequently executive sponsorship or top-level visibility of the initiative is used as the reason to go around IT. Third party services may be considered quicker and cheaper options. SharePoint is one collaboration tool IT departments can use to anticipate and react to major initiative actions.

Here are five ways to use SharePoint 2013 out of the box, with a free white paper download.

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How to Handle Seasonal Web Traffic Spikes with the Cloud

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, November 20th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Networking and Fiber, Software Development

As the holiday season approaches, is your web infrastructure prepared to handle increased traffic?  Can your back office systems accommodate a sudden increase in web transactions?  Will your IT team be on call and ready to respond if they need to quickly bring additional servers online?

Seasonal spikes in web traffic are the reality for many industries including online retail. Businesses that aren’t prepared can be left scrambling to quickly setup new servers or, even worse, experience a website crash creating dissatisfied customers and lost revenue. 

In this interview with Cortney Thompson, Green House Data Vice President of Operations, you’ll learn how to prepare your business for seasonal fluctuations in web traffic.

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