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Texas Proposes 4 Cyberbullying Bills This Legislative Session

Texas Policy Spotlight

Texas legislators have proposed four bills related to cyberbullying this session. Bills contain slight variations in language, with two of the four containing language that establishes harmful cyberbullying as a criminal offense  a Class A misdemeanor to be exact. The bill is to be referred to as “David’s Law,” which is named after David Molak, a 16-year old boy from San Antonio who took his life last January after being bullied and threatened repeatedly by fellow students online.

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Texas 1 Data Center Passes Third-Party PCI DDS Compliance Audit

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As anyone who has toured our data centers knows, our purpose-built facilities are extremely secure, and security procedures are strictly enforced. Though we’ve met PCI DSS requirements since Texas 1 opened for business in 2011, we are now officially certified by a third party for meeting PCI DSS requirements.

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Data Foundry Launches Technology Policy Microsite

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We’re excited to announce the launch of our new microsite, Data Foundry’s Advocacy Hub. As a company, we’ve been involved in technology-related policy and legislation since our establishment. Because we started as one of the first 50 ISPs back in 1994, protecting the open Internet and online privacy is near and dear to us. Over the years, we’ve participated in conferences, panels and other events to show our support of an open Internet and online privacy. Our CEOs and executive team have received recognition and awards for their support. Our microsite is the ideal place to provide updates on our policy and advocacy efforts as well as encourage engagement on technology issues at the state level.

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Data Foundry Announces Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Partnership

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Data Foundry is now an official Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute Partner. ExpressRoute is a private, dedicated network connection between Microsoft Azure data centers and our customers’ IT environments. Azure ExpressRoute is one of the multiple paths to the cloud included in Data Foundry’s CloudTap service. CloudTap™ provides secure, end-to-end private connections to top cloud service providers such as AWS, CenturyLink, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure.

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Data Foundry Signs Coalition Letter in Support of the Email Privacy Act

Email Privacy Act 2017

Yesterday, Data Foundry signed a coalition letter addressed to the U.S. House of Representatives in support of the Email Privacy Act along with tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, IBM, Cisco Systems and other tech firms. Non-profit organizations also signed on, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the ACLU. The Email Privacy Act is a revision to ECPA, the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. ECPA currently allows federal law enforcement agencies to access any electronic communications that are more than 180 days old without a warrant. This particular piece of legislation has not been updated since 1986 – eons in the world of technology — and it is in desperate need of reform.

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Data Privacy Day: 5 Things Your Business Can Do to Promote Data Privacy

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Data Privacy Day is an international effort focused on promoting data privacy awareness that takes place on January 28 every year. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) leads promotional efforts for the U.S. This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. In addition to educating consumers on how to protect their online privacy, the organization dedicates itself to showing companies how privacy is good for business. Here are 5 of their recommendations for promoting data privacy within your company:

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Do You Know What’s Under Your Data Center?

 

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You may have heard about data centers being built in 3-6 months from groundbreaking to commissioning. You’ve probably also seen buildings that are retrofitted to be data centers. There are advantages to these types of data center construction projects – they’re fast and cheap, and companies that need data center space ASAP can move in quickly. However, as you can imagine, much is sacrificed in the way of security, resiliency and redundancy when data centers are put together in a hurry. We devote a large portion of our data center construction timeline to what goes in the ground, months before the slab is even poured.

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How to Future-Proof Your Data Center Deployment

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Choosing a colocation provider is often a multi-year commitment. While colocation does provide greater flexibility and scalability than building a company data center, the level of scalability and flexibility will differ between colocation facilities. It’s essential to choose a data center that will allow for your expansion, not only in terms of space but also in terms of power and density. Apart from choosing your provider, there are other things your team can do to future-proof your deployment. Here’s how you can help ensure your deployment is set up for future growth so you don’t have to worry about an infrastructure overhaul for several years to come.

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7 Reasons Why Fortune 5 Companies Utilize Colocation

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If building and operating enterprise data centers was always the best course of action, all the companies that had the cash flow to do so would do it. There are several reasons Fortune 5 companies continue to engage colocation providers rather than exclusively running their own data centers. These are seven reasons we hear repeatedly from large corporations that utilize colocation as part of their IT strategy.

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Wrapping Up an Eventful 2016

Data Foundry 2016 photos

This holiday season we’re looking back on the eventful and exciting year that 2016 has been for Data Foundry, and as a company, we have a lot to be thankful for. We’ve seen healthy growth in the Austin and Houston markets, which has led to the kick off of the development of another data center for us in Austin, Texas 2, just one year after the completion of our Houston 2 data center. We’ve added several new managed services to our services portfolio, and we moved into a new corporate office just west of downtown Austin.

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