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Data Foundry’s Newest Houston Data Center Hosted AITP Members & CIO Standup Series

AITP stand up

Data Foundry was delighted to host the first event at the Company’s newest data center, Houston 2, which is located in North Houston. The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) held its member meeting and the third in a series of CIO-Standup inside the Technology Briefing Center, which accommodated the 50+ attendees.

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Data Center World 2015 After Party – Full House of Industry Peers

Data Foundry and its partners, IES and fifteenfortyseven, hosted their annual After Party at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, and it was a wonderful networking event! There was a full house of data center and facilities’ management professionals who had a great time socializing with their peers and conversing about the industry topics on hardware, software, and services, which are the keystone of the Data Center World Global conference. Plus, basketball fans got to watch the televised game – Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks!

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Tours Data Foundry’s Texas 1 to discuss the open Internet

Texas 1 Tour Group
FCC Chairman Wheeler Visits Data Foundry Texas 1

Yesterday, Data Foundry was privileged to host FCC chairman Tom Wheeler at our Texas 1 data center in Austin, Texas. We were anxious to thank the Chairman for his courageous work in standing up to the monopolistic ISPs and leading the FCC to adopt new open Internet rules earlier this year. To our delight, the Chairman led off the meeting by thanking Data Foundry for its support in fighting for an open Internet for many years.

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SXSW Take Back Your Internet Panel and Party Recap.

We had an incredible time sponsoring the 3rd Annual “Take Back Your Internet” Panel and Party. The evening started out with an All-Star panel discussing “Is Net Neutrality Really Open Internet” with our CTO Edward Henigin on the panel. It was followed by an evening of networking and socializing with many people close to the issues. View the party photos and watch the panel from the event.

View the full transcription of the panel

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“Take Back Your Internet” Panel and Party at SXSW 2015

We are a proud sponsor of Golden Frog’s 3rd annual “Take Back Your Internet” Party during SXSWi 2015 in Austin, Texas! There will be an expert panel to discuss the Open Internet followed by music, drinks, and more. If you have not RSVP’d yet, please do so now!

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Houston 2 Update: The Data Center is Humming

Houston 2 Data Center

What a year it has been at the Houston 2 construction site. Since breaking ground early in 2014, we’ve been making steady progress and are on track to have the data center open for customer tours in early 2015.

Our latest milestones are to get all of the electrical and mechanical gear installed to ready Houston 2 to be commissioned. This means our UPS’s, backup generators, computer room air handlers, and electrical switchgear are all in the process of being installed for testing.

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Data Foundry Teams Up with Canonical to Offer Fully Managed Openstack Cloud Services

We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with Canonical to offer private cloud services to our customers.

This offering combines our data center services experience with the BootStack service from Canonical, a managed private cloud service based on its reference architecture. The result is a fully managed Private Cloud service that is powered by OpenStack, managed by Data Foundry and hosted in our state-of-the-art data centers.

We diligently researched the best way we can add cloud to our offerings, and found that Canonical’s BootStack will allow us to immediately add value for our customers.

“Canonical’s BootStack service will allow us offer very reliable and mature cloud services to our customers with the same excellence that we currently provide data center and network services,” said Edward Henigin, CTO at Data Foundry. “OpenStack is a fast-developing cloud management platform, and we wanted to partner with a team who not only knew it inside and out, but who had assembled a DevOps architecture around it to make it sing. Canonical does just that, and we couldn’t be more pleased to offer OpenStack to our customers.”

Data Foundry builds and operates the best data centers and networks in the industry. The partnership will expand upon our well-known colocation, disaster recovery and managed services.

We’ll have more information on our website shortly. In the meantime, please contact sales@datafoundry.com for more info.

The Battle for the Internet Came to Texas

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of traveling to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas for an FCC panel discussion and open forum. It was hosted by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, and featured Edward Henigin, Data Foundry CTO, on the panel. Read Edward Hennigan’s testimony on Internet regulation and maintaining an open Internet, or watch the live recording of the panel and forum.

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Houston 2 update: FM 1-120 Roof and Depressed Concrete Slab

Purpose-built Data Center with Structural Integrity

Almost all data centers in the Houston area are retrofitted facilities – frequently old warehouses or other large, open buildings that have been converted into a data center. Retrofitted facilities make compromises in critical data center design elements, which expose companies to unnecessary risks that can result in downtime of mission-critical IT systems.

From the very beginning, we knew the only way to satisfy the increased demand for colocation and disaster recovery services in the Houston area was to build a premium, purpose-built data center. The advantage of designing a purpose built data center (rather than retrofitting an existing facility) is that Data Foundry can control the design and quality of the power, network, cooling, security and structural integrity to ensure 100% up-time of the facility.

Data Foundry’s 20+ years of experience as a data center owner/operator contributed to every detail in the design and construction of Houston 2. The structural design of a data center is a key component in its overall reliability and security. In this construction blog update, we will explain two key structural elements of our Houston 2 data center; the FM 1-120 (185mph winds) rated roof and the unique design features of our depressed concrete slab.

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How to Avoid DDoS Annihilation?

Guest Blog by Carl Herberger, VP, Security Solutions, Radware (a business partner of Data Foundry)

According to US Gov’t statistics, 60% of Small Businesses fold before a one-year anniversary of a cyber-attack.

Not even 18 months ago, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology Chairman Chris Collins (R-NY) led a hearing to examine the increased volume and complexity of cyber-attacks on small business. The concern was that new attack technologies and techniques present new challenges and threats and the interest of the committee was to investigate the role of the federal government in helping address cyber-security issues.

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