Kami Haynes
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Apr 5, 2017
Email, websites, apps, and data are crucial to most businesses today. And that means servers. Managing, maintaining, and optimizing those servers is a time-consuming proposition — one that will only expand as your business grows. Many SMBs feel that the way to keep costs low and control high is to keep everything in-house. But as business needs change, and the demand for IT resources goes up, how do you know whether you can handle it all with in-house hosting? Follow these four basic steps. 1.… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 28, 2017
If you host critical company infrastructure solely on a public cloud like AWS or Azure, you might be wondering how resilient that infrastructure is. After a major AWS outage, their largest region (Virginia) was affected for hours a few weeks ago. Large organizations like SnapChat and NetFlix were affected, as were many small- to medium-sized companies. Your company may have decided that it makes financial sense to use the public cloud as a primary rather than a secondary (or tertiary) backup site. But when AWS… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 21, 2017
The current readout on the eastern region outage of Amazon’s popular AWS cloud service is that it was caused by single technician’s errant command.  The four hour outage caused downtime for many large websites and apps that depend on the service – including Netflix, Slack, and the SEC. It also made headlines in all the major news services.  And while the popular view holds the root cause as a techie typo, this was not the ultimate underlying problem.  Sure, the sequence of events was put in… Read More
Tony Howlett
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Mar 15, 2017
Compliance Regulations for Data Nowadays online backup has become in vogue thanks to a combination of faster, cheaper bandwidth and the increased need for off-site backups. In fact, in many ways online backups have greatly improved the practice of disaster recovery. However, if your company is one that falls under any regulation or standards body, it could bring as many pitfalls as solutions. If you accept or store any kind of financial, health or personal information,  you probably fall under some local, state or federal regulation  And its possible… Read More
Kami Haynes
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Feb 9, 2017
If you’re looking at lowering your IT costs by shifting more workloads to the cloud, you’re definitely on to something. Operating in the cloud – particularly hybrid cloud – can reduce infrastructure costs, allow you to “pay as you go” for many services and save your business money in other important ways. But. (And it’s an important but.) To get the most cost savings from moving to the cloud, you need to be sure your cloud resources are well managed. Here are three types of… Read More
Kami Haynes
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Feb 2, 2017
According to a recent survey of IT professionals, 75% report they lack visibility into their hybrid clouds. That’s cause for concern, because a lack of visibility into resources in the cloud can lead to poor management of those resources – which in turn can lead to a variety of unwanted and potentially disastrous consequences. Here are three examples of how a lack of visibility can result in cloud computing making things worse instead of better for your business. 1. Losing instead of saving money One… Read More
Kami Haynes
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Jan 31, 2017
Ever carried a balance on a cash-back credit card? No? Congratulations – you’re a better money manager than a lot of us! But if you have, then you’re probably familiar with that feeling you get when you realize you just paid more in interest than you got back in cash. It’s the same feeling you get when you realize that moving workloads to the cloud is costing you more than it’s saving you. The remedy is the same, too: manage your resources better. Start paying… Read More
Kami Haynes
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Jan 26, 2017
Note: This article is part two of a two-part series addressing eight essentials for a hybrid cloud implementation. Click here for the first article. Furthermore, this article presents supplementary information from the Codero whitepaper "A Comprehensive Overview of the Hybrid Cloud" which can be downloaded here. Hybrid cloud computing can deliver business agility and reduce operating costs. However, implementing an effective hybrid cloud requires a thoughtful approach. In part one of this two-part series we addressed the four initial elements in moving to hybrid cloud environment:… Read More