Green House Data Team Takes 2nd in Boys & Girls Club Chili Challenge

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, February 2nd 2016

Green House Data has a strong chili game — green chili to be precise (how could we make anything else?). A team of our Cheyenne employees has entered and won the Laramie Chili Cook-off at Jubilee days, taking People’s Choice for green chili in 2014 and First Place green chili in 2015. Last week, they took their recipe to the Boys & Girls Club of Cheyenne Chili Challenge in Cheyenne, coming away with a Second Place finish in the green chili category.

The event raised money to support the organization via tickets and sponsorships, and had great attendance with 18 teams serving 34 different chili varieties. 

Read on to get the award winning green chili recipe!

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The Future of Enterprise IT Storage

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 27th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Storage, Cloud Storage, Data Center Design

Even enterprise and midmarket companies, who traditionally have been able to afford to purchase and run their own IT infrastructure, have seen the writing on the wall: it is soon going to be too cost-prohibitive and time consuming to buy and administrate their own on-premise systems. While not everyone is cloud-first, hybrid is starting to gain significant ground.

At the same time, storage requirements are ballooning rapidly. As more devices are connected, more data is collected, and more of business processes go digital, storage needs continue to pile up (plus there’s all that pesky backup data you’ve been holding onto for decades already).

What does the future of enterprise IT storage look like, then? Increasingly, it will be software-defined. Gartner reports that by 2019, 70% of existing storage array products will be available as software-only versions. Software defined storage (SDS) technology enables both object and block/file level storage to be moved across virtualized environments, enabling portability, scalability, vendor agnosticism, and the ability to reuse old or commodity hardware as additional storage.

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IPv6: What Does It Mean for Data Centers?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 13th 2016 — Categories: Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber

The writing was on the wall as far back as the ‘80s: IPv4, the fourth version of the Internet Protocol, a standards-based routing method for the vast majority of Internet traffic, was going to run out of addresses. Finally, last year, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) ran out of their supply of IPv4 addresses. Although official exhaustion was reached in 2011, network design and routing tricks prolonged the supply, as did the trading of IP addresses on the open market.

Read on to learn how the switch to the relatively new IPv6 affects data centers. But first, a quick primer on IP addresses in general.

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2015 in the Data Center World: Blog Wrap Up

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, December 30th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Colocation , Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Data Center Design, Green Data Center, VMware

What grabbed your attention the most in 2015? Our most popular posts from the year are below, along with a wrap up of the industry's biggest headlines.

This year didn't bring massive upheaval in the data center realm, but there was a fair share of news that caused ripples or at least garnered a lot of clicks and retweets. In the industry at large, big news included the Dell-EMC merger, telcos selling off data centers, and the Uptime Institute killing off tiers.

On our humble blog, our most popular posts covered Ubuntu VM optimization, CloudStack vs. vCloud, disaster recovery, and more. Read on for a full list of 2015's biggest data center stories.

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Your Snapchats Are Killing the Planet

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, December 9th 2015 — Categories: Green Data Center

Snapchats themselves are actually pretty small fish in the world of mobile data, with images using just tens of kilobytes and videos about 2 MB. But combined, social media activity and streaming media account for an insane amount of data use, which in turn has a heftier environmental impact than you might think. If current trends continue, a family of four will have the same CO2 emissions from their combined cellular data as they will from the family minivan within 3 years.

The electricity at stake isn’t simply charging your phone: when you send that Snap of your cat falling off the counter (which is admittedly pretty hilarious), it’s beaming over various paths through wireless networks that use a ton of energy to a data center that uses a ton of energy and back to those dozens of other phones.

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