Protect Yourself As DDoS Attacks on Data Centers Increase

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, March 29th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Data Center Design, Security

Distributed Denial of Service attacks are nothing new, but they’re becoming more and more common, from politically motivated attacks on financial and government institutions to recent attacks on data centers like Digital Ocean. DDoS attacks are when hackers use hijacked computers to flood servers with incoming requests and essentially shut down services by clogging network traffic or sending mass quantities of junk data. They are increasingly difficult to defend against as they grow in scale, and because they are distributed among various infected machines, it can be difficult to block traffic based on IP address.

Public institutions, financial industries, eCommerce sites, and hosting providers are among the most popular targets, but anyone can be a victim—and if your IT infrastructure is hosted in a data center, you need that facility to provide strong DDoS mitigation to avoid service interruptions of your own.

Read on to learn common DDoS attack methods and mitigation strategies.

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Can Government and Providers Play Nice with Public-Private Partnerships?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, December 2nd 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Security

Like many data center providers, Green House Data works closely with government organizations large and small. In the past few years this trend has accelerated dramatically, as the federal government pursues data center consolidation projects and government CIOs, like their private counterparts, realize the attractive flexibility and ease of use found in the cloud.

Early this year, Department of Defense CIO Terry Halvorsen even mentioned his intent to pilot a public-private partnership, where private hosting companies operate within a highly secure DoD data center. What might a public-private partnership for IT services look like, and how else can government organizations and hosting service providers cooperate to reach their respective goals?

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Life on the Edge: Data Centers Sprout Up Away from Major Metros

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, October 13th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber

Demand remains strong in top data center markets across the world. You know the usual suspects: New York City, London, Chicago, Silicon Valley, Dallas. But unexpected locations are becoming more and more desirable for data center facilities, with demand growing in tier-two markets like the Pacific Northwest, but also in edge locations closer to the end user.

An “edge” location used to be limited to so-called tier-1 cities – those mentioned above, plus Chicago, Los Angeles, and other major metropolitan centers. Now it has expanded to tier-2 cities like Denver, Minneapolis, and yes, even Cheyenne, WY.

Why are data centers growing outside of major markets?

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Check These Five Areas to Make Your Data Center More Energy Efficient

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 29th 2015 — Categories: Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center

Even if in-house enterprise data centers are shockingly inefficient (as IDC recently discovered) most data center designers and operators are looking to reduce their energy consumption, as it’s one of the biggest IT expenses. Budgets are tight, so large retrofits or new builds are often out of the question.

To increase energy efficiency and add the bonus of a lower carbon footprint, IT executives should perform a complete power consumption evaluation and then check out each of the following five areas of the data center.

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Blog Roundup: Top Data Center Stories from June 2015

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 8th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center, Security, Virtual Desktop

It's been nearly a year since we've done a blog roundup, but if you follow Green House Data on Twitter or LinkedIn, you know we stay tuned to the latest data center, networking, and green energy news. In case you missed it, last month brought out headlines on inefficient in-house enterprise data centers, security and shadow app use, tips for vSphere data center design, and a debate over Greenpeace's report on green data centers. According to our Twitter stats, readers found the following articles the most interesting last month.

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Are Service Teams the Answer to Cloud Ownership Worries?

Written by David Lloyd on Wednesday, June 24th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Colocation

Moving your business infrastructure to a service provider like Green House Data can be daunting.

Whether we are moving an Exchange server to the cloud or business application servers into colocation, providers like us carry a heavy burden for our clients. Greater security, reliability and cost savings are promised with many cloud and colocation solutions, but what about ownership?

Even while outsourcing, business owners shouldn’t feel like they are losing control - these solutions should add value in every aspect, and ownership is no exception. With a smart and agile client service team, a provider can maintain and improve a client’s sense of ownership, no matter where they are located. From implementation to ongoing support, a high-touch service relationship is essential.

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Why Colocate in the Westin Carrier Hotel?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, April 29th 2015 — Categories: Colocation , Colocation, Data Center Design, Networking and Fiber

Carrier hotels are generally large buildings, often in population centers, that are built to serve as a secure site for data communications interconnections. That means they also often function as large-scale colocation sites. By combining infrastructure resources, many providers can converge in a single facility, lowering overhead and allowing tenants access to many services and connections.

Green House Data’s Seattle data center in the Westin Building Exchange features 7,000 square feet of white space across three floors of the massive building. But what's so great about being in a carrier hotel, anyway?

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Bloomberg & Now Green House Data: Why is Orangeburg a New Data Center Cluster?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, March 17th 2015 — Categories: Colocation , Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center, Networking and Fiber

With demand for pre-built data center space continuing to grow, you’d expect to find facilities being built all across the country, with a concentration in major markets, some outliers, and a general distribution around other areas. To some extent, that’s true. But the distribution is hardly uniform, with competing providers and in-house facilities alike suddenly cropping up next to each other.

So what makes these data center clusters happen? Wouldn’t builders like to place facilities in more diverse areas in order to avoid cascading or single-point failures from the same power outage or natural disaster? The decision to build in a cluster goes beyond offering competition in a popular area.

Green House Data’s own data center in Orangeburg, NY is a part of one of these clusters of development, and there are a number of factors why we joined Bloomberg’s giant facility just down Ramland Rd.

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Your Colocation Location Can Make All the Difference

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, December 3rd 2014 — Categories: Colocation , Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center, Networking and Fiber

There are plenty of factors when sizing up colocation providers: available space, power configurations, efficiency, support services, networking, etc. But one aspect makes all the difference, with ripple effects on many of these other factors: location. Depending on your infrastructure demands, you might need a data center nearby for low latencies or far away for disaster recovery; in either case, the location can also impact power pricing, energy efficiency, and connectivity.

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How Free is Free? Evaporative Cooling in the Data Center

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, November 5th 2014 — Categories: Colocation , Colocation, Data Center Design, Green Data Center

You’re probably familiar with “swamp cooling” at home, especially if you live in the dry West like we do. Swamp cooling is evaporative cooling, a more efficient method of air conditioning than vapor compression or absorption refrigeration, the latter relying on refrigerant that contributes to ozone depletion, in addition to consuming more energy. Free cooling has made inroads in the data center and is common in many new builds and retrofits as a method of saving energy and water alike, leading to its nickname of “free cooling”.

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