4 Encryption Best Practices for a Cloud Environment

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, April 24th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, HIPAA Compliance, Security

Encryption is an important safeguard to protect sensitive data that’s stored and processed through the cloud. Encryption protects outgoing data so it’s not vulnerable to being read once it’s outside your network. It also satisfies compliance and regulatory standards like HIPAA and PCI DSS and is an essential tool for protecting information used with popular SaaS applications like Salesforce.com.  Even with a highly-secure data center, the protection of important information is a shared responsibility between your service provider and your IT team. Get started by implementing these four encryption best practices for a cloud environment:

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The 100GB Gorilla: New Connection Speeds Hit Data Centers

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, April 17th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation , Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber

The data center industry is constantly evolving, in accordance with and sometimes even exceeding Moore’s Law, the infamous prediction that capabilities will double every two years. One of the biggest cruxes of big data is speed: the faster the connection, the better the service. Increased demand and new technology are driving data centers to adopt new 40 Gbps and 100 Gbps Ethernet connections for their internal infrastructure. Green House Data aims to include 100 Gbps cabling in a new Cheyenne expansion, opening in the next 6 – 12 months. How will this new speed standard impact the data business?

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How to Migrate to a New Virtual Machine Using VMware vCenter Converter

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, April 10th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, VMware

Last week, we posted an introduction to VMware cloud migration, focusing on preparation and initial considerations like training and measuring current server usage. Today, we’ll start a closer examination of the migration process itself, using the integrated vCenter Conversion tool. These steps can be used to migrate infrastructure to any VMware environment, whether you are setting up virtualization in-house or partnering with a cloud provider for a remote private or public cloud.

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Migrating to a VMware Cloud for Application Developers: Getting Started

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, April 3rd 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Software Development, VMware

Migrating to the cloud can be deceptively simple. There are a variety of cloud migration utilities that can convert physical machines, virtual machines, and even third-party images to various VMware server formats. Even with conversion tools making your life easier, there are a myriad of concerns to keep in mind. Ready to begin?

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Energy Efficiency in the Data Center

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, March 27th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Data Center Design, Green Data Center

It's no secret that data centers use a ton of energy. That's why Green House Data is committed to more efficient design, practices and purchasing renewable energy options. Check out this infographic detailing how much energy data centers really use worldwide and how we can make them more energy efficient.

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Cloud Battle: Public, Private or Hybrid?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Friday, March 8th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting

You’re ready to migrate your company data and/or services to cloud hosting. You’ll be prepared for sudden spikes in demand, backed up in case you need disaster recovery, and free from the headache of server ownership. The only thing left to decide is which type of cloud will win the battle for your data: public, private or hybrid?

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Five Reasons to Switch to Cloud-Based Software Development and Testing

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, February 26th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Software Development, VMware

More and more companies are taking advantage of IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) and PaaS (Platform as a Service) solutions for their software development and testing. If you’re thinking about making the switch, here’s five great reasons to consider the gBlock Cloud® powered by vCloud™ for your next development project:

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Cloud Computing Defined: IaaS vs. SaaS vs. PaaS

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, September 19th 2012 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, FAQs

Chances are, if you were to ask 10 people at a cloud computing event the question, “What is cloud computing?”, you would get 10 different answers. This can be really frustrating to those trying to learn more. The reason for this confusion is that there are so many ways that the cloud can be utilized. It might be best to think of cloud computing in terms of SaaS - software as a service,  PaaS - Platform as a Service and IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service.

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