Wrangle Shadow IT and Empower BYOD with Hybrid Cloud

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, September 18th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Security, Virtual Desktop

You’ve likely heard of “shadow IT” or BYOD (bring your own device). Both terms refer to employees using private devices or software at the workplace—think iPads for work, or Google Drive to share files in a department. These practices may not be sanctioned by the IT department, but they improve productivity and save provisioning costs. However, they come with the risk of security breaches or other issues, causing IT headaches. By implementing an official BYOD policy and deploying hybrid cloud tools, companies can eliminate shadow IT and empower employees at the same time.

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Cloud Archive vs. Cloud Backup

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 28th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Disaster Recovery

By now, you’re probably using some form of cloud storage. People generally think about storing their current files in the cloud to access remotely or collaborate with others. Whether it’s Dropbox or Google Drive for personal use or logging into your company server for work, storing files remotely is becoming more commonplace everyday.

However, storing older files in the cloud is also wise. Many enterprises use a form of cloud backup, or Backup as a Service in some cases. Others may need to archive old data for compliance standards or other reasons.  The cloud can help these companies remain flexible as they store data, adding resources as necessary; as well as meet compliance, easily manage data, and avoid in-house expenditure. Cloud backup and cloud archiving are very similar—after all, they both store files in the cloud to access later if something goes awry—but they have several key differences.

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vSphere Security Hardening: How and Why to Prepare Your VMware Environment

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 14th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Security, VMware

One vital managed service for Green House Data virtualization deployments is taking steps to ensure the security of your critical data. Although our data center compliance standards attest to our security management protocols, additional steps are necessary to secure data within a vSphere environment. One of our most popular services is therefore the security hardening and audit.

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IT Pros Report Mobile, Cloud Concerns with Regulated Data Security

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, August 7th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, HIPAA Compliance, Security

The Ponemon Institute released a survey this month that paints an unfortunate picture about the state of mobile devices and cloud technology in industries that must deal with regulation or compliance standards, like healthcare or government.

The survey questioned nearly 800 IT professionals about the use of regulated data and what they perceived as the biggest security risks. They defined regulated data as “sensitive and confidential data that organizations are legally required to keep safe and secure”, like ePHI (electronic protected health information), financial information, or customer accounts.

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Installing VMware ESXi and Initial Configuration

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 31st 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, VMware, FAQs

Since the launch of vSphere 3.5, ESXi has been the default hypervisor for VMware environments. Here’s a quick description of how to get your ESXi environment up and running.

ESXi uses approximately 2 GB of space and 1 GB of RAM. It requires a 64-Bit x86 CPU, 2 GB RAM and at least a 1 GB network card. There is a free version of ESXi but it lacks many of the features of a licensed version. Be sure to check your system for compatibility before continuing: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php.

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Cloud Storage Defined: NAS, SAN, or DAS?

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 17th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage

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.

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The State of Cloud Backup 2013 - Infographic

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 10th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Disaster Recovery

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.

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Exploring Gartner’s Top 10 Cloud Storage Trends

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, June 25th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Disaster Recovery

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?

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6 Reasons Why Archiving to the Cloud is a Smart Idea

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, June 12th 2013 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage

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:

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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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