The Other Data Center Tiers: Not Facilities, but Performance

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, June 6th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber

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.

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4 Security Best Practices for Cloud Hosting

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, May 30th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Security

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.

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Data Center Tiers Explained: The Great Raised Floor Debate

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, May 21st 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation , Data Center Design, Green Data Center

Many data centers advertise themselves as a specific Tier, based on a scale from I – IV. But these classes are generally poorly defined and in many cases misused. Case in point: Green House Data recently exhibited at an industry event in Denver. A man walked up to the table and started asking about the company’s data centers. “You guys are up in Cheyenne, right?” he said, “What kind of facility? Tier II? Tier III?”

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5 Reasons to Use the Cloud as a Primary Infrastructure

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, May 16th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Hosting, VMware

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.

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IT Executives’ Top Concerns about Hybrid Cloud Computing

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, May 8th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Security

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.

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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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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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