Cloud Archive vs. Cloud Backup

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 28th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Disaster Recovery

By now, you’re probably using some form of cloud storage. People generally think about storing their current files in the cloud to access remotely or collaborate with others. Whether it’s Dropbox or Google Drive for personal use or logging into your company server for work, storing files remotely is becoming more commonplace everyday.

However, storing older files in the cloud is also wise. Many enterprises use a form of cloud backup, or Backup as a Service in some cases. Others may need to archive old data for compliance standards or other reasons.  The cloud can help these companies remain flexible as they store data, adding resources as necessary; as well as meet compliance, easily manage data, and avoid in-house expenditure. Cloud backup and cloud archiving are very similar—after all, they both store files in the cloud to access later if something goes awry—but they have several key differences.

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Improving Efficiency and Airflow Through Cable Management

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 21st 2013 — Categories: Colocation , Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center

Cables are tangly, dongly little devils. Everyone’s dealt with that jumbled mess behind a desk or entertainment center at some point. They collect dust, clutter up space and probably even evolve life if you leave them alone long enough. In a data center, that just doesn’t cut it. In fact, cable clutter can actually raise operational costs, drag down energy efficiency and even put infrastructure at risk of interference, cross-talk, and cable damage.

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vSphere Security Hardening: How and Why to Prepare Your VMware Environment

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 14th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Security, VMware

One vital managed service for Green House Data virtualization deployments is taking steps to ensure the security of your critical data. Although our data center compliance standards attest to our security management protocols, additional steps are necessary to secure data within a vSphere environment. One of our most popular services is therefore the security hardening and audit.

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IT Pros Report Mobile, Cloud Concerns with Regulated Data Security

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 7th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, HIPAA Compliance, Security

The Ponemon Institute released a survey this month that paints an unfortunate picture about the state of mobile devices and cloud technology in industries that must deal with regulation or compliance standards, like healthcare or government.

The survey questioned nearly 800 IT professionals about the use of regulated data and what they perceived as the biggest security risks. They defined regulated data as “sensitive and confidential data that organizations are legally required to keep safe and secure”, like ePHI (electronic protected health information), financial information, or customer accounts.

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Installing VMware ESXi and Initial Configuration

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 31st 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, VMware, FAQs

Since the launch of vSphere 3.5, ESXi has been the default hypervisor for VMware environments. Here’s a quick description of how to get your ESXi environment up and running.

ESXi uses approximately 2 GB of space and 1 GB of RAM. It requires a 64-Bit x86 CPU, 2 GB RAM and at least a 1 GB network card. There is a free version of ESXi but it lacks many of the features of a licensed version. Be sure to check your system for compatibility before continuing: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php.

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