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Green House Data: A Shield for Cloud-Ready Enterprises

Shawn Mills, Founder & CEO, Green House DataShawn Mills, Founder & CEO
A decade back, enterprise data management needs were often driven by a desire to move out of a data center and into the cloud. Today, requirements are much more intricate, born out of the sophistication that IT infrastructure has undergone.

In tandem with this shift in the market, service providers have had to evolve as well. Green House Data, an organization that was founded as a traditional retail collocation and cloud hosting provider, has pivoted to hybrid IT management: extending teams with managed services, simplifying IT operations with automation, and delivering on enterprise advisory services along every step of the IT journey.

This transition is still ongoing, based on evolving client requests and IT security challenges. Green House Data helps clients transition into cloud platforms, virtual environments, and managed hyperscale cloud environments as part of a managed services offering that operates in a Dev Ops framework.

“Every time we undertake a new project,” said Shawn Mills, founder and CEO of Green House Data, “We learn something new about the customer’s environment and the customer’s challenges. We use this information to inform our product set and our company direction.”

For example, Green House Data developed security products and solutions based on customer demand, heeding the call of clients who feared for information security while moving between environments.

When organizations transition from on-premises infrastructure to a hyperscale cloud, such as Google Compute Engine, Microsoft Azure, or Amazon Web Services, there is always the potential to introduce new risks. In such cases, having a provider who understands how to securely build on those environments is crucial.
However, facilitating the successful transition of IT systems is only one step in the recurring cycle of developing, operationalizing, automating, and redeveloping IT processes delivered by Green House Data to its client base. Besides driving the security posture for clients, they provide vigorous monitoring which enables them to remediate performance and security issues as and when necessary.

We help close key gaps such as identity and access, and inventory and vulnerability management

“Our initial focus when we engage with clients is to help them identify what their current security maturity level is. Based on that, we help them close key gaps such as identity and access, and inventory and vulnerability management,” said Mills.

The word on the street is that most significant cloud-related security breaches in recent months were a result of simple, publicly-known vulnerabilities. While none of them were “mission-impossible” scenarios, they were brought about due to a failure of basic security maturity principles. This is why Green House Data prefers digging into a client’s environment using the “onion” approach, which involves dealing with the most apparent challenges before peeling back and using a more sophisticated scheme to tackle with application security and log monitoring.

One such client in the energy sector recently approached Green House Data for a roadmap to transition to the Azure hyperscale cloud. To facilitate the migration, Green House Data put together a document with a framework on how the client could securely, efficiently, and effectively transport their workloads to the new environment. While security services begin with assessment, the service quickly branches into vulnerability and application management, before tackling the sensitive issue of systems and software inventory, which is one of the toughest challenges that clients face.

Mills and his team are gearing up for their next transformation. “Today, our expertise draws on 10 years as private cloud provider, underpinned by deep engineering knowledge. We’ve understood the security and management challenges that clients have faced as they migrate to public IaaS or hyperscale clouds for critical workloads,” said Mills. “We’re platform agnostic and plan to stay that way even as platforms change.”