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What is next for your cloud project

In Is "Why?" the Most Important Cloud Question?”, I discussed the importance of knowing why you’re moving to the cloud as a critical success factor for your cloud project. One of the questions I received in response to the post was, “Once I know why we're moving to...

Is “Why?” the Most Important Cloud Question?

The question today isn't IF you are moving to the cloud. Everyone is already in the process of moving to the cloud, or will be in very short order. There are strategic, operational and human capital reasons for this transition - and there is no slowing it down. The...

12 keys to successful private cloud migration planning

The next step after deciding on moving to a private cloud, is mapping out your strategy for a private cloud migration. Cloud migrations are not easy.  Cloud migrations are fraught with points of frustration that, according to a Gartner piece by Thomas...

An Introduction to ServerCentral’s Managed VMware Cloud Platform

Part I: The Basics of Managed VMware Cloud services ServerCentral’s Managed VMware Cloud utilizes VMware’s vSphere platform. Powered by vCloud Director, we offer on-demand, self-service Managed VMware Cloud services. For those most familiar with VMware private clouds...

Meet ServerCentral Lead Data Center Technician Josh Mills

Name: Josh Mills Worked at ServerCentral since: April 2009 Years of experience in DC Ops: 10-ish Tell us about a day in the life of a Lead Data Center Technician. JM: I'm in a bit of a weird spot with this one. I was the first full-time tech hired at DFT. Since I've...

Get an in-browser remote desktop with Mojolicious and noVNC

Note: This is an excerpt from my blog post originally published on PerlTricks.com. While SSH is a staple of remote system administration, sometimes only a GUI will do. Perhaps the remote system doesn’t have a terminal environment to connect to; perhaps the target...

The End of Safe Harbor And What Comes Next

Under European law, service providers are legally obligated to maintain the levels of security and privacy for personal, non-public information. Because of these protections, data from European users cannot be moved to jurisdictions where the same level of protection...

5 Key Questions: Disaster Recovery as a Service

In previous posts, we highlighted 5 Key Questions to Ask Your Backup as a Service Provider and 5 Key Questions to Ask Your Replication as as Service Provider. In this final post of our BC/DR series, we’ve compiled a list of 5 key questions you should ask a provider...

Scaling ZFS on Linux to many CPUs

As servers have gained CPU cores, locking within OpenZFS has become a bottleneck for some highly-parallel workloads. This posting describes my entree to the world of high-concurrency performance testing of ZFS on Linux (ZoL). In February 2015, I posted the first pull...

Meet ServerCentral Data Center Technician Lorenzo Martinez

[10:45] jamiefaithlowe: i need a fun fact about your dog for your picture caption.[10:47] Lorenzo Martinez: my wife can't tell who snores louder, me or Frances.[10:47] Lorenzo Martinez: and in the summer, we take her to all the street fests. she gets all the...

5 Reasons You Should Care About Data Center Compliance

Day by day, businesses across the world are moving more of their operations to the cloud, relying heavily on cloud service providers to protect and secure their data from theft and loss. If they haven't dipped their toes in the big pool of cloud, maybe they've hired a...

Choose Your Cloud Partner Wisely

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been talking with dozens of technology leaders from startups and early-stage companies. I wanted to learn about the technical challenges they face today and understand what they feel they need to be successful.Out of the hundreds of data...

ServerCentral’s On-Site Parts Depot

It's a huge pain to go to the data center when hardware fails — especially when you live far away. Servers don't break at convenient times, either. Often it's at 2 AM, rush hour, or the moment you sit down to watch a new episode of Rick & Morty. So not only do you...

Is Low Redundancy Infrastructure Right for You?

Data Center Knowledge’s recent article, As Tenants Get Smarter About Data Center Availability, They Want More Options, discusses how companies can save money by reducing infrastructure redundancy. This concept has been a topic of conversation ever since.After 15+...

IPsec parameter choice rationales

On the previous episode of As The IPsec Tunnel Churns, we discussed how IPsec configurations running in tunnel mode are established. This week, let’s get into the nitty gritty of why those parameters were chosen. So, why did we choose those particular parameters? The...

Which Cloud Is Right For You?

The cloud is easy when you know what you need.Select how much CPU, memory, storage, and bandwidth you want. Click. Order. Compute. Something like that.If you’re not sure what you need, however, the ease with which you can purchase and get locked into a cloud can...

Ask 10 People What The Cloud Is, Get 11 Answers

I asked a number of people:“What is the cloud?”There were three trends present in all of their responses:Location:The cloud is not confined to my office. It is not confined to my premise.Scaling Up:Gives me more of everything when I need it.Scaling Down:Gives me less...

What Is Object Storage?

Object storage uses inexpensive commodity hardware to provide petabytes of resilient space.To understand object storage, we first need to understand how it differs from traditional block and file storage.Block storage is the base for all storage.This storage can be a...

5 Odd Excuses for Data Center Outages

Here are some of the craziest reasons for data center outages. 1) Squirrels These nut-cheeked, bushy-tailed rodents chew through cables like Willy Wonka's Violet chews through gum. At one point, Level 3 Communications actually attributed 17% of fiber cuts to "squirrel...

Fault Tolerance in vSphere 6

In previous versions of VMware vSphere, real-time fault tolerance (FT) was only possible for single vCPU VMs. The problem was that most modern apps need more than one CPU. That’s why it's no surprise that virtualization admins everywhere are thrilled about vSphere 6...

vSphere 6.0 Management – What’s Different?

VMware vCenter Server VMware vCenter Server provides a centralized platform for managing VMware vSphere environments. With the new release of vSphere 6, managing vSphere becomes a whole lot easier. vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) The most significant change in the...

Technology Infrastructure Trends

Each year begins with one of our favorite traditions: prediction season. Here are some of the predicted technology trends from 2015: Prediction: Adaptable Cloud Agendas Analysts continue to highlight the fact that rapidly evolving cloud technologies have a real...

What is a dedicated server?

Today, let's talk about something a lot of people wonder, but not a lot of people ask: What's a dedicated server? A dedicated server is exactly that: a bare-metal server dedicated to you and you only. It's allocated specifically for your use. This is in contrast to a...

What Is A Cloud Server?

It's important to know your compute options when you’re looking at hosting an application or website. Is there a difference between a cloud server and a dedicated server? This is a question we’re frequently asked … and the start of a new year feels like a perfect time...

ServerCentral Featured in Radware ERT Report

This morning, our DDoS partner, Radware, introduced their 2014-2015 Global Application and Network Security Report. Radware’s annual report is developed by their Emergency Response Team (ERT). The firsthand and statistical research of Radware’s 2014-2015 report was...

Making An IT Budget Checklist? Check It Twice!

We are at year end and the holiday season is nipping at our noses. For many of us, it’s budget time. Are you making your infrastructure wish list? If so, do you think you’ll get what you asked for?Many times, our customers share with us fantastic ideas about how to...

My SOC is Better Than Your SOC

We’ve come a long way since the days of the SAS 70, which did little to actually test the security of a data center or managed service provider. Under a SAS 70, which was designed to test the integrity of financial reporting and not information security, an...

Oodles of POODLEs, Or How Not to Get Bit

Often the biggest concern when a security exploit comes out is the time that elapses from when the issue is reported to the time when the manufacturer issues a patch. Will you be targeted in that brief unprotected moment? Can you ensure your customers will be...

Shellshock: Behind The Scenes

By now, you've probably heard about the bash vulnerability that's kicking around on all major news sources. Even today, CVE-2014-6278 remains exceedingly relevant to many environments—and it's only one of a handful of new weaknesses found beyond the original bug....

ServerCentral.com: Then And Now

Let's take a walk down memory lane through ServerCentral.com.1999–2000:ServerCentral 1.0, back when clip art was cool.2001–2002:Because purple.2003–2006:J u s t i f i e d  T e x t.2007:Triangles. Triangles everywhere.2008–2012:Clip Art, we meet again.2013:We emerge...

Why ServerCentral’s Internet Didn’t Go Down

After early August’s widely publicized outage among several Internet providers, a lot of ServerCentral’s customers are curious as to why they didn’t see any impact. The short answer? ServerCentral deploys a modern and scalable routing infrastructure supported by...

Scalability part 3: You’re ready for cloud

In Scalability 102: Virtualization, we discussed the advantages that virtualization brings to the table when scaling your environment. Here’s a quick recap: There more you can utilize the idle time on most servers, the less you have to worry about scaling via...

Scalability in cloud computing: using virtualization to save money

Scalability in cloud computing can get make your team’s infrastructure more reliable and affordable. By starting with adopting virtualization, you can setup the environment for your company to thrive and grow at an unprecedented scale. First we’ll discuss how to look...

What Is Cloud?

There is a lot of confusion these days as to what is really considered "cloud." Although a number of the technologies that make up cloud computing have been around for many years, only in the last few have they been grouped together under the label “cloud.” Still, the...

What It’s Like to Work at ServerCentral

We couldn’t be more proud of the staff we have. As luck would have it, they like us too! We asked our employees, "What's your favorite part about working at ServerCentral?" Here's an uncensored look at their replies: On Fridays, it's the beer fridge. The rest of the...

Information security for small businesses

If you read the news lately, it seems like every corporate board across the country is adding Chief Information Security Officer to the ranks of their C-suite. The bailiwick of the CIO — Information Security — is now the de facto buzzword of the...

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