Xen Security Advisory

October 1st, 2014 by - 11,537 views

As was made public today, Xen released a security advisory for their Hypervisor code.  Upon receiving the embargoed security news late last week, our teams quickly evaluated our use of Xen and determined that a reboot of virtual instances was not necessary and there would be no customer impact.

At GoGrid, we are fully supportive of the Xen community and are eager to give back in any way we can.

Bash Security Vulnerability Patch Instructions

September 25th, 2014 by - 12,819 views

A new major security vulnerability impacting Linux customers who leverage Bash as their shell was announced yesterday. GoGrid strongly recommends customers exposed to this vulnerability apply the appropriate security patch as soon as possible. Below are instructions for patching your systems:

  • For Debian, run the following command:

apt-get update && apt-get install –y –only-upgrade bash

  • For CentOS or RedHat, run the following command:

yum update bash 


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Is Cloud to blame for the rash of recent security breaches?

September 8th, 2014 by - 14,698 views

In a hyper connected world, both consumers and businesses are under constant security threats. All the more reason to manage data more effectively. Let’s not kid ourselves. We shouldn’t be treating all data the same and not everyone or business needs high level security. When a business does need it, though, there are a multitude of options available that are much more secure than home-grown solutions that often result in single points of failure.

Listen to GoGrid CEO, John Keagy, and Cloud Technology Partner author, David Linthicum, chat on how “cloud” isn’t really the culprit here, rather “cloud” can be more secure than any other enterprise method available.

Big Data is the New Black

August 22nd, 2014 by - 15,242 views

Many fans would argue that the Netflix original series “House of Cards” is the perfect television show – it has a fabulous production team, compelling leading actor, and stories of drama and betrayal that keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Turns out, this was no happy accident – this and all other Netflix series have been engineered with the use of Big Data and cloud computing to create the ideal television experience. So how does it all work?

How big data creates some of our favorite products today.

How Big Data creates some of our favorite products today.

Netflix’s bright idea in delivering content
As New York Times contributor David Carr pointed out in an article on the development of how we receive entertainment, executives analyzing viewer data to inform future programming choices is nothing new.

“Film and television producers have always used data, holding previews for focus groups and logging the results, but as a technology company that distributes and now produces content, Netflix has mind-boggling access to consumer sentiment in real time,” Carr explained.

What is new, however, is how specific this information can get thanks to data willingly provided by the millions of users who make up the cloud hosting giant Netflix’s clients. Boiled down, here is how the American version of “House of Cards” came to be – analysts recognized that David Fincher, the show’s director, was a popular director on the site and unlike most videos, viewers tended to watch his work from beginning to end. When examining which actors appeared frequently in movies or television that users would stick with for the duration, Kevin Spacey fared well as did the original British version of “House of Cards.” Although there were other successful artists on the table for the project, Netflix narrowed its scope down to these three major contributors to inform its programming decision, to great acclaim.

When it began to produce its own shows as a part of the video platform, Netflix had plenty of user-provided information to draw upon. With more than 30 million video plays logged each day in its cloud infrastructure, the company employs analysts to make note of emerging trends, both to inform future products and help identify “You May Also Enjoy” options for fans of a certain genre. The company also examines which devices are most popular for streaming and which don’t encourage further watching to decide which they will continue to develop.

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Infographic: Keeping Up (and Standing Out) with Managed Services

August 21st, 2014 by - 16,196 views

Even if you haven’t yet used managed services in your industry, you’re sure to run into one of the newer offerings that promise to do everything but butter your toast. The reality is that demand for managed services is steadily increasing across all industry verticals. Take, for example, the cloud-based managed services (telephony, conferencing, messaging, and contact centers) developed to support the emerging Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) market where telephony providers are already jostling for position. Leading telecom providers like Ericsson are routinely inking managed services deals for maintenance of telecommunications infrastructure that includes both fixed and mobile networks, with the goal of “raising the quality and efficiency of [the customer’s] network.” And former infrastructure-as-a-service provider Rackspace has even announced its decision to exit the IaaS marketplace and focus on its “managed cloud” business as a way to rise above the noise—and the competition.

Why all this attention on managed services? Wikipedia defines managed services as “the practice of outsourcing day-to-day management responsibilities and functions as a strategic method for improving operations and cutting expenses.” Sounds good, right? I mean, what company wouldn’t want to improve operations and reduce costs? But if you take a step back to look at the current trends in managed services shown in the infographic below, it’s clear the advantages go beyond just saving money or becoming more efficient.


With so much at stake, how can you find out if managed services could prove to be your secret sauce? The best way to start is by choosing a managed services provider that can capitalize on 4 characteristics of tomorrow’s business landscape:

1. Customization

2. Insight

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