The 4 Step Guide to Disaster Recovery Planning

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, February 5th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Disaster Recovery

IT is a critical component of every successful business on the planet. With everything from company websites to phone systems to resource management systems hosted in enterprise data centers, a disaster, whether it is man-made or natural, can bring a company to a shuddering halt. Any organization wishing to avoid losing critical data and systems needs a disaster recovery plan in place.

Planning for disaster recovery is more than standing ready for the worst: it can also help highlight inefficiencies and the discovery of what systems and data are truly mission-critical. This quick guide will help you on the way to disaster preparedness.

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The New IT Department: Adjusting Web Based Service Strategies to Meet Business Initiatives

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 29th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Microsoft

Our previous article covered how SharePoint 2013 can be used to plan for, manage, and implement strategic initiatives in your organization. This piece will discuss the keys to building a web-based services strategy for your organization, and specifically how –as-a-Service offerings can help deal with strategic initiatives.

The role of the IT department is changing. The industry and analyst firms like Gartner agree on this. Infrastructure and services are being commoditized as IaaS or SaaS. This will be a key factor in how IT teams are structured, what they think about, and how they operate. This article will cover how this change will be influenced by web-based software and services and how IT teams can prepare for these changes.

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Tips for Security on Data Privacy Day

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, January 28th 2014 — Categories: Security

January 28th is Data Privacy Day, an international event focused on educating the public about information security and personal data privacy. With hacks and security breaches making headlines every week (see the massive Target breach), keeping your digital information safe is more vital than ever. Here are some quick tips to help you secure your data from prying eyes, and a quick overview of how Green House Data technicians approach cloud security.

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Green House Data By the Numbers: Data Center Statistics

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 22nd 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation , Green Data Center

Green House Data has grown fast since starting in 2007. Take a look at our new infographic to see statistics about our company including square feet of data center white space, total Gigawatts of energy saved, average response time, and more.

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What Are Software-Defined Data Centers, Networks, and Storage?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 15th 2014 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation , Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Colocation, Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber, VMware

The software defined data center (SDDC) is a natural evolution of virtualization, extending it beyond virtual machines on a server to virtual networks, virtual storage, and new automated management tools with similar benefits to traditional virtualization. The term was first coined by VMware CTO Steve Herrod in 2012.

In an SDCC, all physical infrastructure is treated as one resource that can be divided as needed, rather than split up by individual servers, switches, routers, hard drive, storage bays, and so on. Software and services are installed on an abstracted layer on top of data center hardware to manage virtual networks, virtualized servers, and virtual storage.

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