Businesses large and small are looking for the most effective way to develop a safe and secure BYOD policy for their workers. This trend is sweeping not only tech workplaces, but across industries. BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device.” The general gist of it is that employees will bring personal devices, such as laptops, tablets, and smart phones, and use them for work. While BYOD is still very controversial, companies have found that there are some serious pros (and cons) when it comes to allowing employees to use their own devices.
Continuing our recent coverage of cloud storage, this post seeks to clear up the different types available. Despite some new technologies starting to gain ground to take advantage of the cloud’s unique topology (see our exploration of Gartner’s 2013 Cloud Storage Trends), the most common terms relating to storage in a data center environment are SAN, NAS and DAS.
With 2013 half over, we take a look at cloud backup in our latest infographic. How and why are companies using cloud backup? What are the biggest obstacles for adoption? How does cloud backup work, anyway? See more in the our cloud backup infographic below.
We’re pleased to announce that Green House Data Principal Architect Sean Bales passed his VCP5-DCV (VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization) exam last week. Sean’s certification brings our total number of VCP5-DCV technicians up to three.
A recent Gartner webinar discusses the top 10 cloud storage trends in 2013, ranking survey results from “Very Hot” to “Neutral” based on feedback from cloud providers and users. The types and implementations of data storage included are wide-ranging. How can these different cloud storage types help your business?
Storing and managing massive amounts of data – such as email or electronic records – has become a huge challenge for organizations. Not only does the information need to be easily retrievable, but data retention policies often require you to archive it for a number of years.
The cloud is a great environment for archiving since it’s instantly scalable, cost-effective, and virtually maintenance-free. Here are six smart reasons to move your archiving from on-premise to the cloud:
The word “tier” is used frequently in the context of data centers. As we explained in a previous blog post, data center facilities are ranked by Tier depending on their infrastructure and redundancy. But tiers are also used to describe the resources and infrastructure of a virtual machine or server, and are often mentioned in billing or application deployment. This post aims to clear up any remaining confusion over the two types of tiers.
It’s critical to secure your company data and systems to protect them from ever-present cyber-thieves. With more data continuing to move to the cloud, those services become attractive targets and attacks will increase. Here are four security best practices for cloud hosting to follow in order to help ensure your important information is protected, including how to augment your data center service provider’s security and how to evaluate their security controls.
Your business may already be using some cloud-based applications, such as Salesforce.com or Dropbox, and maybe you’re contemplating moving even more of your infrastructure to the cloud. There are definite benefits of a cloud-based infrastructure including flexibility, guaranteed performance SLAs, regulatory compliance, shifting CapEx costs to the OpEx budget, and, depending on what type of data center service provider you choose, a greener footprint. Here are five positive aspects of making the cloud your primary technology infrastructure.
Although IT executives like the benefits of hybrid clouds, they also have concerns about application and data security. IDG Research found 47% of IT executives are considering investing in hybrid clouds, because they can scale up or down quickly based on bandwidth needs. However, they’re also very concerned about hybrid cloud security issues like data loss or leakage (78%), insecure interfaces and APIs (77%), and account or service hijacking (76%) .
To get an insider’s view about these issues, we interviewed Cortney Thompson, Green House Data Chief Technical Officer for his thoughts.