From Military Service to Infrastructure as a Service: Meet Our Vets

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, November 11th 2014

November 2015 Update - As Green House Data has expanded nationwide, our ranks have been joined by several additional veterans in Washington and New York. Their stories will soon be added to this post.

As the home of a strategic missile base (Warren Air Force Base), you might expect Cheyenne to have its fair share of military veterans. Green House Data is happy to have the skills of eleven vets on board, with a combined service record of over 70 years—but not all of them in the Air Force.

They’ve served at home and abroad, as far as Macedonia and Iraq, with duties as varied as military police work and computing firing data. In honor of Veteran’s Day and their service, we asked them a bit about their experience and how they made the transition from the military to Information Technology.

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How Free is Free? Evaporative Cooling in the Data Center

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, November 5th 2014 — Categories: Colocation , Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center

You’re probably familiar with “swamp cooling” at home, especially if you live in the dry West like we do. Swamp cooling is evaporative cooling, a more efficient method of air conditioning than vapor compression or absorption refrigeration, the latter relying on refrigerant that contributes to ozone depletion, in addition to consuming more energy. Free cooling has made inroads in the data center and is common in many new builds and retrofits as a method of saving energy and water alike, leading to its nickname of “free cooling”.

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What are the Differences Between VMware Backup Restore Types?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, October 29th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Disaster Recovery, VMware, FAQs

Uh-oh. A virtual machine is down. Or a user accidentally deleted a project they’ve been working on for weeks. Or an application has become corrupted. Or…you get the picture. Good thing you have virtual machine images ready to go in storage (you can create backups using the VMware Consolidated Backup tools, which takes your latest snapshot as a basis for the full image backup). Now all you need to do is decide on a restoration method.

For a full VM restore, you’ll use VMware Converter, while for file-level restoration you’ll use VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB), which also has the choice for centralized, per-group, and self-service restoration.

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Curious About Cloud? Our Most Common Questions

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, October 22nd 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, VMware, FAQs

Our Infrastructure Consultants are here to facilitate the perfect cloud architecture for each customer. This post rounds up some of the most frequently asked questions they get about the gBlock Cloud, from security and encryption to licensing and customer support.

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The Art of Green House Data

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, October 8th 2014

Techs may have the reputation of being data driven, preferring lines of code to creative pursuits, but our support team boasts some serious photography chops. That's why we asked for employee submissions when we started decorating our new data center in Cheyenne.

All of the artwork in the building came from our team, with gorgeous photographs of Wyoming and Colorado taken by Systems Engineer Jim Taylor and Infrastructure Consultant Kyle Prawel. Check out some of their selected work below.

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