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2018 Hurricane Season Is Here – 50% of Businesses Are Unprepared

Tomorrow the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season begins, which will last through November 30. Last year was one of the most active hurricane seasons in history, with three of the costliest hurricanes to strike the U.S. hitting the coast in just one season. This year meteorologists predict there’s a 75% chance the season will be normal to above average. While stronger hurricanes appear to be becoming more frequent over the last decade, this year’s season is predicted to be calmer than last year’s. Meteorologists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict a range of ten to 16 named storms, including five to nine hurricanes, and one to four major hurricanes – category three strength – or higher this hurricane season. “With the advances made in hardware and computing over the course of the last year, the ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms and warn Americans who may find themselves in harm’s way is unprecedented,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

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Texas 2 Data Center Grand Opening a Success

Texas 2 UPS room

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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The Texas 2 Grand Opening Is Here! Join Us for Food, Drinks & VR Games

texas 2 grand opening invite

Data Foundry is holding our Texas 2 Data Center Grand Opening event on Thursday, May 17 from 3-7 pm. We are so excited to show everyone our newest premier data center in Austin, TX. Come tour the new facility – including the data halls, mechanical plant and office space.

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Is Your Business Ready for GDPR? Here’s How to Get Started

Most in the IT world have heard about the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and know that it comes into effect this year, but many U.S. companies have yet to make the necessary changes to be compliant. A study by TrustArc says 61% of U.S. companies surveyed had not yet begun implementation of GDPR compliance at the end of last year. The majority of those who are unprepared are smaller companies. What you may not know is that if your company has a website, the GDPR will likely affect you. Here’s a quick overview to get your company going in the right direction.

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Texas 2 Comes Online; First Customers Move In

Texas 2 data center exterior

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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Policy Experts, Tech Entrepreneurs Debate Internet Privacy and Freedom at Take Back Your Internet 2018

panel at take back your internet 2018

Friday night Data Foundry held its annual Take Back Your Internet party and panel along with sister companies Golden Frog and Giganews at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in downtown Austin. Data Foundry and our sister companies are committed to online privacy and an open Internet. We hold this event every year at the start of SXSW to band together with fellow tech entrepreneurs and public policy experts to debate the current state of the Internet and what can be done to make it more open and equal. This year FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn paid a surprise visit and made an introduction before the panel discussion began. In addition to participating in the discussion, attendees enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres and BBQ tacos in true Austin fashion. Our 2018 panelists included:

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Why You Should Join Us at Data Center World 2018

data center world san antonio, tx

Data Foundry has been attending AFCOM’s Data Center World for the past six years, and we’re happy the event is just a short drive away for us this year – San Antonio, Texas. Data Center World is always an educational event for anyone who works in IT infrastructure, and the networking opportunities and after-parties are something everyone in the industry looks forward to each year.

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2017: A Year in Review

This year we continued to experience growth in the Austin and Houston markets, and our newest data center, Texas 2, will be completed just in time to meet demand. Data Foundry continues to evolve as a colocation provider, expanding our portfolio of managed services and connectivity services in an effort to help our customers reach their business goals through IT strategies. We also faced an unexpected challenge this year as Hurricane Harvey lingered over Houston for three long days before slowly moving on its way.

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Meet Our Founders: Ron & Carolyn Yokubaitis

Ron & Carolyn Yokubaitis

For those of you who don’t know, our founders are an adventurous husband and wife duo who grew up in Houston, Texas. They’ve gone from the Peace Corps in Brazil in the 70s to working in communications law, launching one of the first 50 ISPs in the U.S. to building the world-class data center company that Data Foundry is today. This month, they were featured in a local Houston magazine, Voyage Houston, where they tell their story:

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As Harvey Subsides, Data Foundry Staff Unites

supplies for families in Houston

The sun made its first appearance in Houston after the storm late Tuesday afternoon. We are relieved that Harvey has moved on, and feel for those in Louisiana that are going to potentially experience some flooding as well. Although the storm has passed and our data centers are dry, Harvey left so many without homes, including some of our own staff and their families.

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