Mindfulness in Information Technology

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, June 7th 2018

Technology is pretty awesome. We built a business around it, after all. No one can deny the great things made possible through tech of all forms, but many have also claimed it has led to an increase in noise, stress, distractions — all of which are being fought by the latest movement around mindfulness.

How can practicing mindfulness help you in your Information Technology experiences? Whether you’re a helpdesk worker or sysadmin, an ancillary business worker or simply a consumer of IT applications, remaining mindful helps keep you calm and focused.

Here’s how mindfulness and IT can work hand in hand.

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6 Signs Your IT Infrastructure is On the Verge of Failure

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, May 22nd 2018

Eventually all IT systems age out of their usefulness, marked by frequently required maintenance, mandatory end of life from vendor support, and increased costs for your business. You may even run into some downtime.

IT infrastructure that is on the verge of failure may still appear to be working fine — but it still leads to sneaky problems, including higher operational costs, lower reliability, limited agility, and less opportunity to embrace new applications or technologies. Legacy infrastructure can also be much less secure.

But how do you know when your infrastructure is truly about to kick the bucket? Here are six major warning signs that it’s time to bite the bullet and modernize your IT.

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Green Data Centers in 2018: How Has Industry Opinion Shifted?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, May 17th 2018 — Categories: Data Center Design, Green Data Center

As we release our 2017 Sustainability Report, we wanted to see how the industry opinion on green data centers may have shifted over the years.

Back in late 2014/early 2015, Green House Data put out a survey for data center workers asking for their opinions on green data centers. We recently sent out a follow up survey and the results were surprising, to say the least. Read on to learn how the industry view of energy efficiency and sustainability in the data center has changed.

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Don’t Turn NUMA NUMA Yay into NUMA NUMA Nay: Checking Your Virtual Machine NUMA Configuration

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, May 10th 2018 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, VMware

NUMA architectures allow for greater scalability, which is of course great for building cloud data centers. But if your virtual machines aren’t configured correctly, NUMA can cause performance degradation in VMware virtualized servers.

Here’s an overview of what NUMA is, why it’s useful for cloud computing, and how to address it when configuring your VMware cloud server.

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Legacy Systems Remain Because They Work — But They Could Be a Major Security Risk

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Friday, May 4th 2018 — Categories: Security

With all the talk about digital transformation and IT modernization, you’d think that everyone was all-in with the cloud at this point. But there are many legacy systems still in production, even at enterprise organizations.

Regardless of why you still have them, there are almost certainly legacy systems within your IT ecosystem, and keeping them secure is of paramount importance, especially if they’re past their support lifecycle and have become exposed to potential vulnerabilities.

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