Data Foundry Blog

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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Harvey Status Update: Data Foundry’s Data Centers Stay Dry

Houston 2 Data Center

Unfortunately for those in the Houston area, rain is predicted to continue falling for several days. Tropical Storm Harvey is headed back toward the Gulf, where it may unfortunately gain strength and make landfall again near Houston. Currently, our Houston and Austin data centers are all safe and sound. We have experienced no flooding and no outages at any of our data centers as of this afternoon, and we remain fully staffed at every site. Houston has of course been the hardest hit, and we greatly appreciate the tireless and vigilant work our data center operations and facilities staff have put in over the last few days.

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Hurricane Harvey Expected to Hit Texas Coast as a Category 3 Storm

hurricane harvey rain prediction

Tropical Storm Harvey is making a comeback and is expected to hit the Texas coast sometime Friday, bringing torrential rains and flooding to the Houston area. CNN announced at 11 am today that this storm is likely to hit the coast as a category 3 hurricane. It is now predicted that Houston will receive up to 20 inches of rainfall. Our Houston 2 data center, built to withstand category 5 winds and located 3 feet above the 500-year flood plain, is always ready with redundant power and cooling, 24×7 storm monitoring, enough fuel to keep generators running continually, and supplies for workers on site.

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Take Action for Net Neutrality

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Stopping Petya & Global Cyber Attacks: 6 Precautions to Take

bitcoin ransom

Only six weeks after WannaCry, a similar type of ransomware has hit organizations and spread globally. Petya has mostly affected companies in Ukraine, but has also struck organizations in 64 other countries, including major companies in the U.S., such as Merck & Co and Mars, Inc. Experts are still working to understand Petya and its mechanisms of action, and no kill switch has been discovered yet. However, there are a few basic precautions announced by our partner Radware that your company or organization should take at a minimum to stop the spread of ransomware and other viruses.

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Data Foundry Joins Battle for the Net

net neutrality day of action 2017

As a long-time supporter of an open Internet, Data Foundry will join forces with many other technology companies on the local and national levels to stop the FCC from doing away with the current Open Internet Order. The official Battle for the Net day of protest is July 12. However, Data Foundry is taking many additional courses of action to see to it that major cable companies don’t limit our choices more than they are already limited. Yesterday we signed a letter to the FCC to show our support of smaller Internet Service Providers in their ongoing struggle with cable giants.

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The First Tropical Storm of the Season Hits – Is Your Disaster Recovery Plan Ready?

The first tropical storm to hit the U.S. this season has arrived. Cindy made landfall this morning near the Texas/Louisiana border, bringing torrential rains and strong winds. Flooding is predicted to be most severe further north and east of where the storm made landfall, with flood warnings expected to continue in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

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OpSacred 2017: Financial Institutions to Face Anonymous-Driven DDoS Attacks

Anonymous ddos attacks - OpSacred

Anonymous, a notorious international network of hacktivists, launched OpSacred on June 11, 2017. OpSacred is an organized DDoS attack effort on financial institutions around the world. Anonymous is known for its DDoS attacks on government and corporate websites, and they are self-described as having “a decentralized command structure that operates on ideas rather than directives.” OpSacred is the continuation of a larger operation called OpIcarus (Operation Icarus), and OpSacred is expected to continue until June 21.

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