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.
You hear it almost as often as "cloud computing" these days. Around every corner of the internet is another headline talking about "Big Data", but what is it, exactly? When data sets grow so large and complex that they are difficult to manage with traditional databases or processing tools, that's Big Data. Almost every organization I talk to has their own definition of what they think encompasses Big Data: SMBs mention anything in the multi-terabyte range, enterprises are eyeing petabytes and exabytes, and meanwhile the government (like the NSA's massive Utah data center) are sorting through zettabytes and yottabytes. The use of cloud computing to manage Big Data is on the rise, too.
The reach of the Internet is growing at an astonishing rate; however, there are still thousands of businesses located in rural areas with less than stellar Internet connections. In most cases they are given only two options to get a faster, more reliable connection – wait or relocate.
Neither sounds very appealing so companies with the resources available have been working together to provide a third option – Internet peering exchanges.
Unfortunately, Green House Data does not have a wind turbine built into our data center roof. We wish we did, but because it is impossible to separate renewable power from conventional methods of generation on the power grid, we have to buy Renewable Energy Credits instead. This is combined with purchases from Cheyenne wind farms to help us reach our 100% renewable-powered goal. In fact, most companies who use renewable energy purchase renewable credits, including huge operators like Google.
The Network Operations Center, or NOC, is the beating heart of the data center. The room is hung with TV screens and stuffed with computers, staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So what are the NOC technicians up to during all that time? Quite a bit, actually. Let's take a look at a night in the life of a NOC tech.