Data Foundry Blog - Data Centers

Choosing the Right Disaster Recovery Services: Traditional vs Cloud

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If you haven’t yet developed a disaster recovery plan for your business, you likely haven’t suffered a major outage yet. The cost of downtime is in the thousands per minute for large companies and thousands per day for small companies (The Ponemon Institute, 2016). For companies whose customers depend on your services being available 24×7, outages result in a loss of customer confidence and can even damage your reputation in the marketplace. A helpful starting point in determining whether cloud or traditional disaster recovery services are best for your business is to determine your budget by finding your cost of downtime and your recovery point and recovery time objectives (RTO and RPO).

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Is Your IT Infrastructure Ready for the AI Revolution?

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When we think about what AI is today and what it will offer in just five years, the difference is drastic. Today we have algorithms that recognize images and interactive voice applications. In five years, digital personal assistants will likely be the norm, digital research assistants will scan documents and compile relevant data, medical assistants will help diagnose and treat patients, financial modeling of “what if” scenarios will grow increasingly complex and accurate, and repetitive tasks will become automated in multiple industries. So, what will the AI transformation mean for your data center or IT infrastructure model?

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Texas 2 Data Center Grand Opening a Success

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We were delighted to have around 100 guests join us as we officially celebrated the grand opening of our Texas 2 data center last Thursday evening. Everyone enjoyed poke, shrimp and grits, and a salsa and queso bar (in true Texas fashion) as well as tasty hors d’oeuvres. The majority of guests participated in guided tours of the data center and visited the data halls, mechanical plant, office space and learned about the facility’s redundant infrastructure and security features.

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Compare 100+ Data Center Features with Our Interactive Checklist

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Every data center search should begin with identifying business goals and the long-term infrastructure requirements to help accomplish those goals. Once you’ve determined your top IT infrastructure goals, whether that means improving availability, connectivity, adding disaster recovery options, decreasing capital expenses, or a combination of the above, it’s up to you to look for a data center that meets business needs. To really understand if a facility can meet those needs, you will need to gather detailed information on the power structure, cooling equipment, utility infrastructure, security and more of your top facilities.

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Texas 2 Comes Online; First Customers Move In

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We are excited to announce our newest data center in Austin, Texas 2, has successfully passed the final stage of the commissioning process and is now open for business.

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Designing a Data Center for Security & Convenience

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Purpose-built data centers, also sometimes referred to as greenfield data centers, are designed to protect IT infrastructure and keep it running 24x7x365. Because these data centers are designed with IT in mind long before construction begins, they provide greater redundancy and resiliency than retrofitted facilities. However, these aren’t the only advantages to purpose-built data centers. In addition to these benefits, they provide a higher level of security and convenience. When tenants are moving and installing servers that cost around $2000-$4000 each, it’s prudent for data center operators to ensure that these processes are as convenient and secure as possible. Operators who design their facilities from the ground up have the most control over this optimization.

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What’s Better than a Fault-Tolerant Data Center?

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Achieving High Data Center Availability through Fault Avoidance

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What Does It Mean to Commission a Data Center?

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Data center commissioning is a meticulous process that is crucial to ensuring the quality and reliability of a new data center. Because commissioning is often announced just before a new data center opens, some may think it is quick and only done once construction has finished. While the final stage of commissioning is conducted after the completion of construction, the reality is the commissioning process can be iterative and starts months before completion.

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6 Differences Between Cloud Security & Data Center Security

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Cloud security has improved over the years with cloud providers working hard to minimize risk and a variety of third party vendors launching comprehensive cloud security tools, such as Alert Logic’s Cloud Defender and Trend Micro’s Deep Security. So, is the cloud now just as secure as running your own infrastructure in a data center? Here are some significant differences between cloud security and data center security.

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Test Your Data Center Knowledge

Do you know your way around a data center? Take our data center knowledge quiz to find out.

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