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on an old open source model, has raised them millions in just 18 months and is causing some to call virtual machines outdated and ineffective.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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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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