What’s New in the Green House Data Cloud?

Written by Josh Larsen on Thursday, February 9th 2017 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, VMware, Product Information

Here at Green House Data, our technicians are constantly working hard behind the scenes to improve the customer experience in our cloud products. We’ve recently completed a round of upgrades to bring you the latest features and bug fixes to our gBlock Cloud platform.

Here are some of the newest features that are available to you today, including improved web portal access, new disaster recovery features and interoperability with AWS and Azure, and more.

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How to Choose an Availability Strategy for SQL Server on vSphere

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, January 17th 2017 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Microsoft, VMware

When designing the architecture for your SQL Server virtualized on VMware vSphere, your requirements will determine which SQL availability or vSphere availability features you should use. There are several availability features packaged with SQL server before you even get to vSphere features like Distributed Resource Scheduler, High Availability, Fault Tolerance, or vMotion, each of which have their own considerations when interacting with SQL.

To get started, you’ll want to ask yourself a few questions about your SQL deployment.

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Four Hybrid Use Cases to Get Your Head in the Cloud

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, January 11th 2017 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, VMware

“Can my application run in the cloud?”

It’s a question we get more frequently than you might think — and the answer is almost always yes. Just yesterday, we got a web chat from an individual who wanted to know if a cloud server could run his e-mail server, SMTP-based, with PowerMTA, or if he would need a dedicated option. Mail servers are frequently run on virtual machines, so this configuration should pose no problem as a cloud server.

There are thousands of applications, running on a wide variety of operating systems, that play nice with VMware virtualization platforms (the basis of the gBlock cloud). Here are four hybrid cloud use cases to get you started.

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Avoid Virtual Machine Performance Problems from Antivirus Tools

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Monday, January 9th 2017 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Hybrid Cloud, Cloud Hosting, Security, VMware

You’re probably familiar with the kind of performance issues inherent in antivirus/antimalware tools. Anyone who has used a PC when the antivirus scan boots up can attest to sluggish performance. The same issues rear their head when using antivirus in a virtual environment – but virtual machines come with their own set of wrinkles.

Antivirus software can be installed either on the VM itself or on the host. Depending on your approach, you’ll want to consider these key factors to maximize performance.

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Feeling a VM Resource Squeeze? Practice Active Capacity Management

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Thursday, November 10th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, VMware

Cloud infrastructure is all about providing the right amount of resources for your applications at any given moment. Overprovisioning might be wise for performance-oriented apps, but generally “right-sizing” is the best way to maximize your budget, especially as most IT departments face efficiency and cost struggles.

By being proactive about managing your virtual machine resources and halting underutilized or “zombie” VMs, you can free up those resources either to be decommissioned or reassigned to other uses.

You’ll want to adjust VM size to reclaim overprovisioned VMs, clean up idle or turned-off VMs, and resize VMs that are stretching their current resources beyond acceptable performance. Here’s how to practice active capacity management.

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When To Use a Container vs. When to Use a Virtual Machine

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, November 8th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Software Development, VMware

Containers are on the rise, with VMware integrating them into the vSphere platform. What started seemingly as a competitor to virtual machines has proved to be just another tool in the virtualization box available to administrators beyond software testing and development, as enterprises and mid-market companies of all sizes begin to implement containers alongside (and inside) their VMs.

Once you read a bit about the benefits of containerization, you may be curious about trying some out in your environment. But before you start spinning up containers left and right, make sure you’re using the right tool for the job. Containers certainly have their advantages, but there are many applications where a virtual machine will be more effective. Here’s how to decide.

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VMware Snapshot Guide: 8 Tips and Tricks

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, July 6th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, VMware

Snapshots are a convenient way to get a “moment in time” copy of your virtual machines. They should not be used as a primary method of backup, as they generally work as a record of changes made—they depend on the original virtual machine in order to roll back. They’re great for testing as they save the virtual machine settings, the state of the virtual disks, and the contents of memory, if you choose.

Snapshots are useful before you make significant configuration changes, upgrades, patches, or new software installations. Any time you’re adding or changing your virtual environment enough to think, “Hmm, I wonder if this will affect my production applications,” it’s probably an opportune moment to take a snapshot.

Here are eight tips to make the most of your snapshots.

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An Introduction to vSphere Networking: vSwitch & VLAN

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Tuesday, May 17th 2016 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, VMware

This week we're taking you behind the scenes of your cloud environment and looking at vSphere virtual networking, including the difference between virtual switches/networks and their physical counterparts, plus the primary configuration options for vSwitches and vLANs. 

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2015 in the Data Center World: Blog Wrap Up

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, December 30th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Colocation , Cloud Hosting, Cloud Storage, Data Center Design, Green Data Center, VMware

What grabbed your attention the most in 2015? Our most popular posts from the year are below, along with a wrap up of the industry's biggest headlines.

This year didn't bring massive upheaval in the data center realm, but there was a fair share of news that caused ripples or at least garnered a lot of clicks and retweets. In the industry at large, big news included the Dell-EMC merger, telcos selling off data centers, and the Uptime Institute killing off tiers.

On our humble blog, our most popular posts covered Ubuntu VM optimization, CloudStack vs. vCloud, disaster recovery, and more. Read on for a full list of 2015's biggest data center stories.

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The Lowdown on Load Balancing

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Wednesday, November 4th 2015 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, VMware, FAQs

If you’ve spent much time around data centers, you’re likely familiar with load balancing. But if you haven’t, it’s a vital concept to understanding how to keep your infrastructure available to all of your users, while also maximizing the efficient use of your computing resources. Even if you’re familiar with load balancing, there are some recently released tools and similar concepts that we’ll cover in order to share your workloads across your servers — and even across the country.

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