When You Can’t Avoid Malware, Turn to Cloud Backup

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, February 18th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Security

We’ve covered cryptolocker and other encryption-based malware on the blog in the past. One click-happy or poorly trained employee could bring your organization to its knees.

For Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital in Los Angeles, the cryptolocker threat became all too real. This attack may have been targeted, as the hackers requested $3.4 million to unlock the hospital’s computer systems. More or less everything in the facility is tied to the computers, even the emergency room. For now, that means some patients requiring certain equipment or testing have been moved while the facility works off paper.

Cryptolockers aren’t the only malware that can take down your IT systems. Botnets hijacking your resources, rootkits granting administrative access, spyware collecting data, Trojans, viruses, and worms can all restrict or remove access to the applications, files, and data your business needs to operate.

Cloud backup can be a great tool to restore normal operations if your systems are completely inoperable due to malware.

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Hybrid Continues to Be Most Popular Cloud Option, Adoption Accelerating

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, February 9th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting

Hybrid cloud remains the most popular option for cloud infrastructure, as more and more businesses have an active hybrid environment or plan to adopt one. A recent EMC and IDG Research survey found that 88% of respondents believe hybrid cloud is ‘important’ or ‘critical’ to enable digital business transformation. The results seem to indicate what EMC calls one of the only things industry experts can agree on: hybrid is the future of enterprise IT infrastructure.

Meanwhile, RightScale's State of the Cloud report finds that 71% have already adopted hybrid. Are you following suit?

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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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