12 May 2017

Is Your Virtual Environment Part Walking Dead?




If you think that your infrastructure is fully optimized and operating at peak efficiency, you might want to check again. A recent research study conducted by Stanford University and Anthesis Group researchers has found that 30% of virtual servers (all of them) and one-quarter of physical servers are zombies having had no activity in the preceding […]

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5 May 2017

Transforming Healthcare IT




It’s an interesting and transformative time for healthcare and other highly regulated industries. CIOs and other technical leaders in these organizations are recognizing the value of the cloud and ultimately, the security that can be achieved there. A recent article in TechTarget features CIOs from such esteemed healthcare institutions as University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Dignity Health, […]

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21 April 2017

Empowering DevOps with the Hybrid Cloud




The rise of DevOps is coinciding with the rise of hybrid cloud. Are you surprised? In a recent Right Scale 2017 State of the Cloud Report, DevOps adoption rose to a staggering 84% in the enterprise. Hybrid cloud use was reported to be on a steady increase with 67% of respondents having implemented it, and […]

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14 April 2017

Fidelity & Guaranty Life Grows Strategically with Data Center Outsourcing




Fidelity & Guaranty Life operates a lean organization that competes in the market with companies that have many more employees as well as additional overhead. In order to relieve their overburdened IT infrastructure team from the tedious and costly efforts required to build and maintain their primary and redundant data center facilities, FGL turned to […]

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24 March 2017

Hybrid Cloud Is Becoming the Standard, Because It’s Not Standardized




In a recent survey of more than 1500 IT managers worldwide, 451 Research found that more than 70% of organizations plan to use multiple cloud service providers over the next two years. The push to cloud for some, but not all, applications and workloads has resulted in the hybrid cloud being the norm for enterprises. […]

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14 February 2017

Server Huggers Need Love, Too




Recently, Ron Vokoun wrote a piece for Data Center Dynamics where in he discussed his predictions for the data center market for 2017. In this article, you might be surprised to learn that he discusses the continued requirements of server huggers. When everyone is talking about the cloud and virtualizing just about everything, those in […]

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27 January 2017

What Is the Difference Between FedRAMP and FISMA, Anyway?




When discussing security at a data center or in a cloud environment, it’s easy to get lost in the swirling acronyms. SSAE, SOC, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, FISMA, FedRAMP, it’s a lot. When speaking about government infrastructure needs, FedRAMP and FISMA get tossed around like a hot a potato. Throw in FISMA High or Moderate and it can […]

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13 January 2017

Three Things Your Organization Needs to Stop Believing This Year




The new year is well underway. Maybe you have resolved to exercise more, eat less sugar, or finally finish that travel guide to craft breweries in the Northeast. There are a few myths still live and well in many IT organizations that you should resolve to bust this year. Myth #1: We can build/fix anything […]

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16 December 2016

Data Center Trends to Watch in 2017




It’s December and while visions of sugar plums might be dancing along with budgetary headaches, now is the time to consider what is really happening in the data center market and consider what may happen in the year to come. For 2017, we’re seeing a shift in the cloud discussion away from complete public cloud […]

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18 November 2016

Navigating Cost and Customization of Amazon Web Services: What You Don’t Know Will Cost You.




In an effort to try to understand Amazon Web Services (AWS) further and get a better grasp of how it is configured and priced, I asked Data Canopy’s CTO, Andrew Iwamoto, to walk me through some of the console. I’m not an IT manager by trade, but Andrew has spent years (and years and years) […]

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4 November 2016

When It Comes to Your Data Center Alternate Energy Advancements Matter




This week, AWS announced that it was investing in a 189 MW wind farm in Ohio to help power three new data centers it is building in the state. Their goal is to get to 40% renewable energy use on AWS global infrastructure by the end of the year and ultimately to make it to […]

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19 October 2016

Colocation and Disaster Recovery Save Insurance Firm $1M in Yearly Operating Costs




Like many businesses this $2B insurance firm’s infrastructure had aged and they were interested in upgrading their technology and colocation solutions so they issued a request for proposal. As part of their due diligence in responding to the RFP, Data Canopy interviewed the stakeholders at the insurance firm to more deeply understand its pains and business goals. What we identified […]

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9 July 2016

3 Considerations When Adding Public Cloud to Your IT Mix




A recent JP Morgan report, “CIO Survey Foreshadows Changing of the Guard” revealed that enterprise IT is shifting their workloads to the public cloud in rising numbers with a whopping 41% of enterprise applications projected to be in the public cloud by 2020. The IT department and data centers as we know it are changing. […]

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20 May 2016

Control Your Data: Make Colocation Part of Your Cloud Strategy




Data security is typically the number one reason why organizations don’t virtualize their infrastructure. Whether it’s due to regulatory concerns, connectivity, or speed challenges, oftentimes IT professionals choose to build a data center on site as a solution to their infrastructure needs. The result is that in-house IT resources often spend copious amounts of time […]

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27 April 2016

3 Tips to Get Your IT Consolidation Off to a Great Start




Sure, IT consolidation is an excellent way to reduce costs and improve efficiency of your IT resources. Let’s do it. But what do they say about failing to plan? Consolidating servers, databases, and more can be a bit of tightrope walk to navigate not only technical and budgetary considerations but also business goals and even […]

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25 February 2016

How Geographical Redundancy Can Save Your Data Center from Disaster




When the word disaster is spoken it conjures up the images of earthquakes, tornadoes, floods. Weather events that happen out in the world to someone else, but not to your business. However, real disasters (and not just those from Mother Nature) impact businesses regularly and often lead to them closing. So how do you protect […]

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4 February 2016

Could Your Business Survive a $9000 per Minute Loss?




A data center outage isn’t always the result of a monster storm or other act of God, in fact studies show that only 10% of outages are weather related – and they’re more common and costly than you might think. A new research report from the Ponemon Institute reviews the current costs of data center […]

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29 January 2016

The Truth About Data Center Downtime




For the business owners and IT managers, data center downtime is the stuff of nightmares. Servers crashing and unresponsive, hours, days, even months of work obliterated, sales calls missed, clients angry, business slowing, it’s enough to make you wake up in a cold sweat. In the hyper-connected world we live in today, downtime is more […]

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6 January 2016

Beyond Price: Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Colocation Provider




We’ve seen it 1000 times, a company needs to host a few racks off site. They come up with their power requirements and a desired location and the bidding war starts. Just choose the lowest monthly cost and you’re set, right? Well, not really. The typical colocation contract is two years. Since you’re going to […]

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28 December 2015

Steps to a Successful Data Center Consolidation




You’ve no doubt heard the tales of successful data center consolidations taking an organization from 23 servers to 2 or seen the lofty initiatives put forth by the federal government to save billions of dollars. What many of these stories don’t include though are details on how to successfully tackle a consolidation project. While the […]

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2 December 2015

4 Ways Enterprises Are Failing to Support IT Transformation




Often in business, as in life, we presume that because everyone is talking about how wonderful something is that everyone must be doing it and – we fear – doing it better than we are. This goes for everything from participating in grueling triathlons and flawless family vacations to undertaking a successful IT transformation. In […]

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24 November 2015

Prepare for 2016: 3 Considerations for Keeping Your IT Budget in Check




Your IT strategy should not be a Ron Popeil, “set it and forget it” undertaking. What worked for you last year may not work for you next year and simply adjusting the budget to accommodate for new hires and end of life hardware won’t cut it. As you look to 2016, there are several actions […]

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17 November 2015

Calculating the Impact of a Disaster on Your Business




In a recent CIO Magazine poll of more than 200 top IT executives, a 52% increase in business continuity/disaster recovery budgets was reported for this year. This increase in budget is a direct correlation to a rising awareness of the importance of disaster recovery. If your organization hasn’t devoted resources to disaster recovery efforts, now is […]

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13 November 2015

The Disaster Recovery Checklist for Every Business




More and more business processes are reliant on always-on systems to function. Locally hosted applications, SaaS applications, voice over IP phones, and more keep our businesses running and employees productive. When a disaster strikes, preparedness can mean the difference between getting your organization back online and operating quickly and going out of business. In fact […]

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30 October 2015

3 Tips for Choosing the Right Distance for Your Disaster Recovery Site




When it comes to choosing the disaster recovery site for your business, one size (or distance) does not fit all. There are several factors you must consider regarding your business’s unique risks to ensure that your DR site is appropriate and offers the protection you require. Environmental Impact – Consider seismic zones, flood plains, hurricane […]

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