Check These Five Areas to Make Your Data Center More Energy Efficient

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 29th 2015 — Categories: Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center

Even if in-house enterprise data centers are shockingly inefficient (as IDC recently discovered) most data center designers and operators are looking to reduce their energy consumption, as it’s one of the biggest IT expenses. Budgets are tight, so large retrofits or new builds are often out of the question.

To increase energy efficiency and add the bonus of a lower carbon footprint, IT executives should perform a complete power consumption evaluation and then check out each of the following five areas of the data center.

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Blog Roundup: Top Data Center Stories from June 2015

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 8th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center, Security, Virtual Desktop

It's been nearly a year since we've done a blog roundup, but if you follow Green House Data on Twitter or LinkedIn, you know we stay tuned to the latest data center, networking, and green energy news. In case you missed it, last month brought out headlines on inefficient in-house enterprise data centers, security and shadow app use, tips for vSphere data center design, and a debate over Greenpeace's report on green data centers. According to our Twitter stats, readers found the following articles the most interesting last month.

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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 Your company has a security policy, but it’s stodgy, out of date, and most users just sign the bottom without ever reading it.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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