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: Multi-Cloud, Cloud Hosting, IT Modernization, IT Operations

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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Eight Steps to Troubleshoot an IT Problem (Without Losing Your Mind)

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, November 30th 2017 — Categories: IT Operations

When your monitoring systems start sending a deluge of alerts or your servers suddenly stop responding, it’s easy to go into crisis mode. That’s why Step One of this guide to troubleshooting is to remain calm. Let common sense prevail, be sure to maintain your documentation, and get down to the art of troubleshooting your IT systems. Just follow these eight general guidelines to pinpoint the issue and take steps towards remediation.

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Best Practices for Load Testing Cloud Applications

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, November 16th 2017 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, DevOps, Enterprise Applications, IT Operations, Software Development

The holidays are looming, meaning many DevOps teams are about to have their apps take a beating as hundreds of holiday orders and new device users slam them all at the same time. Whether or not your systems are consumer-focused, there will eventually come a time when the overall load on your servers is pushed to the limit.

Load testing applications in the cloud allows development and testing staff to perform scale testing to see at what point virtual machines need to scale, when to add additional resources like storage or bandwidth, and when a failover solution might be necessary.

By thoroughly performing load tests throughout the DevOps process, your organization eventually lowers costs and your team doesn’t have to scramble during a major event. Here are some best practices when performing cloud-based load testing.

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