1 September 2017

The Rising Value of Colocation in an Increasingly Cloudy World




I recently went to visit a friend of mine in his new offices. He proudly showed me the well-stocked kitchen, collaborative work spaces, and his bright new office. Wrapping up the tour, and because he knows my line of business, he showed me their in-house data center. The cooling fans were whirring and lights were […]

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25 August 2017

Partnering to Bring a Secure, Hosted Solution to Healthcare Clinics Worldwide




Data Canopy has partnered with Sage Five, a global technology consultancy based in Phoenix, Arizona, to deliver custom CRM solutions for healthcare providers from a securely hosted platform. One of those clients is a stem cell organization with a worldwide reach. The organization required a global patient management platform customized to support worldwide medical tourism […]

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11 August 2017

Getting Ready for a Workload Migration? Consider This First.




Workload migration is the current buzzword for physical to virtual (P2V) or virtual to virtual (V2V) data transfer. It’s the act of moving data from one location to another. Whatever you call it, if done right it can add great benefit to the business by helping to save costs and provide much needed protection for […]

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23 June 2017

5 Things to Look for in Your Data Center Partner Search




As an MSP, the obligation to pick a proper data center for one’s clients is paramount. In most situation an MSP is monitoring, patching, and taking care of their clients’ critical infrastructure and making sure that is up and running well to keep their businesses running well. However, it is also important for MSPs to […]

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16 June 2017

Who’s Moving What to the Cloud and Why




One of the key concerns many IT departments report in moving to the cloud is determining which workload to migrate where. In determining what is best for your organization it is typically a great idea to consider what has worked for others. A recent Harvard Business Review Analytics survey, obtained responses from 347 respondents. 60% […]

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9 June 2017

9 Interesting Facts About the Cloud




At a networking event this week, I had a conversation with one of Data Canopy’s partners about business and the cloud, specifically the way companies are really using the cloud. We discussed the prevalence of multi-cloud and hybrid among our clients’ actual deployments and how different that reality can be from what you read in […]

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2 June 2017

Strategies for Executives to Avoid Pitfalls in a Cloud Deployment




Be prepared. That should also be the motto for every organization looking to virtualize some or all of its IT infrastructure. As your team dives into a cloud deployment – regardless of size – we have developed a few tips that will ensure you’re able to avoid some of the common pitfalls we see organizations […]

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19 May 2017

Three Tips for Growing Your MSP Organically




It’s common knowledge that maintaining revenue levels is what keeps a business afloat. Growing your business though can be a challenge, especially for managed service providers who must juggle client demand and overhead. How do you increase your profits while remaining competitive? How do you maximize billable time and add new clients without burning out […]

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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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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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8 March 2017

Cloud Adoption Strategies in Financial Services




With the vast amount of data and information that companies need to in order to operate; the cloud seems like an appealing option. However, industries that handle especially sensitive material like financial service institutions have to weigh the pros and cons of the cloud for a highly-regulated environment. Not all clouds are built the same […]

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3 March 2017

The Sky Is Falling! Lessons from the AWS S3 Outage




This week, I have been inundated with articles on the terror that was the AWS outage. I have read everything from an article touting the downfall of AWS to promises that their solution could have avoided the disaster all together. Well, as with most things the reality is neither that cut and dry or dire. […]

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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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20 January 2017

Quick Questions: What Does the C-Suite Get Wrong About Data Centers?




There are many misconceptions when it comes to data centers and the cloud. Some execs think EVERYTHING needs to be in the cloud yesterday. Others have concerns about making the change from a traditional in-house server environment to the data center. Misconceptions can set you up for failure or deter your company from upgrading into […]

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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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29 November 2016

Keys to Developing a Hybrid Strategy in Regulated Industries




Hybrid is a growing trend among highly regulated industries, such as financial services, healthcare, and government, and for good reason – it allows these industries to get the best of all worlds while maintained strict compliance. It’s not a plug-and-play solution though and requires strategic planning to get it right. Like any generalization there are […]

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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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11 November 2016

The 9 Questions Your Cloud Provider Should Be Able to Answer




The migration to the cloud has been fast and furious over the past several years and it’s showing no signs of slowing. Often though, business owners are in such a rush to get into the cloud that some critical issues are overlooked and they find that their solution is much costlier than they anticipated or […]

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28 October 2016

Demystify the Public Cloud by Asking the Right Questions




The major public cloud providers have already done most of the homework for you on hardware and other infrastructure considerations and resources are available on-demand, so let’s go, right? Well, there are quite a few questions you need to ask yourself and your public cloud vendor before making the transition. For many companies, the public […]

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12 October 2016

Trends in Cloud and Colocation Businesses Need to Consider




One of the questions I often am asked and think about myself as a business owner and technologist is what trends will affect me from a technology standpoint. This of course is like asking what will the weather be like on a Tuesday in June next year. Seemingly impossible to answer. The key is “seemingly.” […]

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17 September 2016

How SMEs Use the Cloud to Regain Business Focus




We’ve all seen the headlines and statistics about cloud adoption. 78% of small businesses are set to have complete cloud adoption by 2020. The cloud market to grow to $141 billion (with a B) by 2019. IaaS and PaaS forecasted to grow $27% – 30% annually. But beyond leveraging Salesforce.com and Microsoft 365, how are […]

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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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22 March 2016

Four Reasons to Review Your Current Hosting Contracts Today




The average data center client stays with their colocation provider for 5-10 years. If service is great and your needs are met, that’s great! But even so in 5-10 years, heck in 2 years, the market can shift pretty significantly and you might not be getting the best price or service any longer. Pricing fluctuates, […]

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29 February 2016

3 Ways Healthcare Organizations Are Successfully Using Data Centers




As a healthcare organization looking to save money, but protect your patients as much as possible, the choice of how to host your data is critical. I’ve worked with organizations of all sizes and by far, the overwhelming requirement is to ensure data is secure (especially when it comes to HIPAA and HITECH compliance), and […]

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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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11 December 2015

Forget All or Nothing: When Hybrid Cloud Is Best




In recent years, the cloud was seen as the answer to everything. Need to reduce costs? Move to the cloud. Want to improve efficiency? Move to the cloud. Want to consolidate? Again, the cloud. There are times, though when the cloud is not the best option and those times aren’t the same for every company. […]

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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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