Spectre and Meltdown: What We’ve Done to Secure the gBlock Cloud

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Friday, January 12th 2018 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Data Center Design, Microsoft, Security, Documentation

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or aren’t in the IT field at all, by now you’ve likely heard about the widespread Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities affecting an enormous swath of processors manufactured by Intel and AMD, the industry leaders, leading to security vulnerabilities and performance problems.

Green House Data staff have been hard at work patching systems as fixes have come available this week. Here’s a quick summary of the vulnerabilities, their effects on cloud and general computing performance, and what we’ve done to fix them so far. We also provide a few links for users who need to patch their own operating systems or investigate further.

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Is Your Bitcoin Windfall an Environmental Disaster?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 3rd 2018 — Categories: Get to Know Green House Data, Green Data Center

Cryptocurrency is hot. Really hot. Enough that your layman uncle, who’s not exactly plugged into the technology scene, has picked up a few — plus a few altcoins just to hedge his bets. While he might just be having fun with a little gamble, there are others who are pouring thousands and thousands of dollars into specifically designed bitcoin mining servers, many of which are placed in data centers similar to those here at Green House Data.

The demand has helped to spike bitcoin to a value of around $15,000 USD per single bitcoin. It nearly reached $20,000 in December. But much like your Snapchats, each bitcoin transaction comes with its own environmental price tag. In fact, bitcoin mining may be the most energy-intensive activity happening in data centers today.

The Digiconomist has an ongoing tracker chart listing the energy consumption of the bitcoin network. It isn’t pretty. While these statistics are estimated, they currently sit at nearly 37 Terawatt-hours each year. That rivals many smaller industrialized countries' entire annual electricity consumption.

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Data Centers in 2017: The Ultimate Round Up

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Friday, December 22nd 2017 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Data Center Design

We have arrived again at that time when year-end lists proliferate for perusal by a workforce distracted by the holidays. The data center industry continued to chug forward in 2017, with M&A activity heating up in particular. Here are the top stories that broke throughout the data center world, plus a list of the most visited posts from our own humble blog.

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Three Phases to Successful Multi-Cloud Adoption: Which Are You In?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, December 14th 2017 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, IT Modernization, IT Operations, Multi-Cloud

Cloud computing adoption has been linked to “digital transformation,” a term encompassing the shift from traditional modes of consuming and administrating IT services to the new on-demand model, punctuated by the hiring and reshaping of IT staff around working cloud services, shifting to DevOps methods, or otherwise changing their business operations model in order to maintain or improve a competitive position in the market.

One major piece of digital transformation and cloud adoption is the use of multiple cloud service providers depending on the workload at hand. This mode of cloud computing is now one of the leading deployment types — and could be considered a sibling, or even the same thing, as hybrid cloud.

A recent survey from VMware and the MIT Technology Review classifies three stages on the way to a successful multicloud deployment. Where is your organization on this path towards hybrid cloud enlightenment?

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A Brief Guide to Smooth Database Migration

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Friday, December 8th 2017 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Disaster Recovery, Enterprise Applications, IT Operations

Moving to the cloud, changing service providers, upgrading your host hardware, consolidating data centers, or switching to new software — they all might necessitate a database migration.

Moving a database is not a task to be taken lightly, but it can lead to more centralized and efficient management, lower storage costs, and/or reduced license requirements. To minimize your risk and downtime, follow these database migration tips.

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