Over 10,000 Monthly Visitors: Looking Back on Our Top Posts

Written by Joe Kozlowicz on Friday, April 6th 2018 — Categories: Cloud Hosting, Data Center Design, Green Data Center, Networking and Fiber, Security, Virtual Desktop, VMware

The Green House Data blog has hit a major milestone this month, rocketing from around 8,000 monthly unique visitors to 12,000 unique visitors in March. As we pass the 10k mark, we want to say thanks to everyone who has come to our little corner of the internet and also take a look back at our most enduring and popular posts over the years.

From cloud hosting to data center design to information security, the blog has covered a lot of ground in the past five or six years, with experts from our staff joining our marketing and content teams for weekly updates.

Here are the top 10 all time posts from the Green House Data blog. If you want to stay in touch with the latest, be sure to sign up for our biweekly Blog Newsletter. Keep in mind that in order to reach the most views all-time, some of these posts are older and therefore could contain outdated information. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t still useful.
 

1) 3 Best Practices When Exporting Virtual Machines to OVF Format

Several of our top 10 blogs feature VMware tips and best practices, and this post from one of our cloud engineers, dating from 2013, includes three vital things to check when exporting a virtual machine to Open Virtualization Format.

 

2) What’s the Difference Between VPS and Cloud Servers?

With the advent of cloud computing, Virtual Private Servers have largely fallen by the wayside. Dedicated servers are still desirable, and many organizations do require private cloud servers or even bare metal hosted servers for specific requirements or for security and data segregation. But this blog remains popular as newcomers to the cloud seek to find out what really is different about a virtual machine vs. a VPS.

 

3) Redundancy. What the heck does N+1 mean?

Similar to the VPS vs. cloud server blog above, this article is an introduction to a potentially complicated topic, but instead of looking at virtualization technology, it speaks to data center design and colocation, explaining the basics about redundancy in the data center and how it helps keep IT infrastructure workloads online, 100% of the time. Learn the difference between N+1 and 2N, plus why Green House Data calls our facilities “concurrently maintainable.”

 

4) Set Up and Optimize Ubuntu and Other Linux VMware Guests

Another best practice-type blog centered on VMware, this piece offers a few ideas to get your Ubuntu instance up and running smoothly, including how to install VMware tools on Linux, recommended virtual disk settings, and avoiding clock drift problems, among other suggestions.

 

5) 8 Ways Data Center Environmental Impact Goes Beyond Emissions

As a data center company focused on mitigating our overall environmental impact, we’re glad to see some of our green data center content reach the top 10 all time list. This article describes some overlooked factors when it comes to the impact of data centers on the environment, going beyond sheer energy consumption and water use to describe batteries, diesel, electronic waste…even cleaning products.

 

6) An Introduction to vSphere Networking: vSwitch & VLAN

Configuring your vSphere virtual network can be confusing. This blog aims to clear up initial confusion around virtual networks compared to physical networking, as well as describing the types of virtual LAN available and more.

 

7) How to Reduce Your VMware Disk Storage Use

Storage can get expensive and having a sprawling dataset attached to your VMs can also degrade performance. To reduce the amount of storage consumption in your virtual environment, this article suggests using thin provisioned disks, performing regular snapshot maintenance (and deleting unneeded snapshots), and specific considerations for virtual desktop storage.

 

8) Data Center Consolidation Benefits & Best Practices

Consolidating and eliminating data centers is all the rage for companies who aren’t in the data center business. Why not have someone else handle the specifications around redundant power, backup systems, network infrastructure, and cooling? This article explains why consolidating your data centers is a good idea and some challenges around the process.

 

9) Patching Best Practices for Virtual Machines and Servers

Everybody has to patch (unless you have managed cloud services, of course). You should always install patches as soon as possible, but there are some things to keep in mind to smooth out the process and minimize the effect on end users or active workloads, while simultaneously reducing your susceptibility to vulnerabilities.

 

10) Are Cloud Certifications Worth Your Time?

This blog resurfaces itself at an interesting time for Green House Data, as a good portion of our cloud team is undergoing certification for the Azure platform. However this blog doesn’t look at AWS or Azure certifications so much as CompTIA, VMware, Red Hat, and third parties. Ultimately, certification worthiness comes down to your individual situation.

 

Here’s to the past five years of blog readership, and the next 20,000 visitors who come here looking for cloud and data center knowledge. See you next time!

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