Data Foundry Blog

What is Disaster Recovery?: Preparing for the Unexpected

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What is disaster recovery? Disaster recovery is the act of being prepared in the event of a natural disaster, a power outage, a hacking event or any number of other disruptions that can impact an organization’s operation, reputation, and bottom line.

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Decades of Evolution to Meet Tomorrow’s Needs: An Interview with Data Foundry’s CTO

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As part of the group that founded Data Foundry, CTO Edward Henigin has been a member of the data center industry for some time and been witness to the many changes that it has gone through. This includes expanding densities, emerging markets and the overall growth of data—all topics that he got to dive into with his recent interview with David Liggitt, CEO of datacenterHawk.

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Building Robust Networks: Expanding Capability for Remote Work and More

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Since the start of the global COVID-19 pandemic, more businesses have shifted to remote work models or implemented new virtual capabilities to maintain operations. With these measures, however, has come a steep growth in the demand on networks. Recent reports have discovered that in the midst of this shift, business-hour broadband consumption has gone up more than 41 percent just one week after the Centers for Disease Control declared the coronavirus a pandemic.

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The Importance of Disaster Recovery: Creating Response Plans That Protect Against Uncertainty

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Future proofing enterprise operations has always been critical, but the importance of having disaster recovery plans in place has never been clearer than it is in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global challenges like the coronavirus affect all businesses, interrupting processes and service delivery and—in some unfortunate cases—compromising a business’s ability to recover.

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COVID-19 Customer Update

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As we monitor the COVID-19 situation developing around the world, our top priority is to maintain the health and safety of our employees, clients and community members while maintaining a consistent level of client service. We wanted to reach out to you to provide an update on what Data Foundry is doing in the wake of the current events.

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Data Foundry's 2020 COVID-19 Response

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General Guidance

Data Foundry follows the United States Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for business and employers for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for preparation and response. For employees, this guidance is:

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Houston 2’s Completed Expansion Meets Growing Houston Business Demand for Reliable Capacity and More

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The growth and implementation of IoT-enabled technologies and data-hungry applications has been expanding across Houston’s market and changing the demands of local business. When combined with Houston’s status as a top metro for economic growth potential and as a home to the headquarters of 21 Forbes Global 2000 companies, the business community’s impressive growth has created an expanded need for capable and scalable data center solutions. Now, enterprises encompassing a range of verticals, including healthcare, energy and manufacturing, are driving even greater demand for reliable capacity and high-availability infrastructure that is close to the markets they serve.

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Foregoing the All-Cloud Framework: Why Some Enterprises Are Opting for Hybrid Business Strategies

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When it comes to implementing a capable business framework in the dynamic world of digital transformation, considerations surrounding cost, efficiency, reliability, safety and beyond can lead enterprises in all sorts of directions. As of late, the business world has been redefined by mass movements to the cloud, and as this off-premises method grew mainstream, cloud adoption grew to a whopping 96 percent in 2018.

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How Much Should You Spend on Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery?

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Many companies underfund their business continuity and disaster recovery plans, not realizing several hours of downtime can cost them hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars. Every company’s DR strategy and budget should be based on their unique requirements, not a cookie-cutter plan. The best way to approach spending on disaster recovery efforts is to first understand your compliance requirements, if you have any, and then calculate your cost of downtime per hour. Once you have an idea of what that number is, you’ll have a better understanding of the ROI on different approaches to disaster recovery. In this blog post, we’ll look at average downtime risk based on availability, and we’ll take a look at how much companies typically allocate for their DR budgets.

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What Is a Colocation Data Center?

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A colocation data center is a data center shared by multiple companies who rent or lease space from the data center’s owner or operator. Colocation data centers are also called multi-tenant data centers. The popularity of these types of data centers has grown since the early 2000s, and analysts predict the colocation industry will continue to grow throughout the 2020s. Many enterprise-sized organizations are seeing value in shutting down some of their own data centers and switching to colocation facilities, which plays a major role in this growth. Small and medium-sized businesses also find value in using colocation because they can own some of their own infrastructure, rather than being tied to the public cloud. There are many reasons for making this choice, most of which revolve around hybrid cloud models and reduced capital expenditure through shared building infrastructure.

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