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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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The Search is On: The Benefits of Partnering with a Premier Data Center Provider

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It’s no secret that data makes the contemporary world go round. Currently, the amount of generated data is continuing on its dramatic upswing, and enterprises across the globe are shifting their data management strategies off-premises to meet increasing requirements. As data continues to serve as a fundamental asset for a vast host of applications and operations across nearly all industries, finding an ideal place for this critical resource is paramount.

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Still an ‘Act of God?’ Climate change increasingly seen as risk to business, economy

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For a brief moment at a Houston-area business luncheon this month, talk turned sinister. No one gasped, but something spooky was said: Climate change is going to hurt bottom lines.

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Houston 2 Expansion with 27,000 sq. ft. of white floor space and 4MW of capacity

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Construction is underway of a new data hall, offering 27,000 square feet of white floor space and 4MW of capacity, as an addition to Houston 2 data center campus. As demand for data center space, low latency and cost-efficacy in the Houston area grows, this project delivers greater capacity to customers and is expected to be ready for customer deployments in Q4 2019.

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Should You Implement Software Defined Networking?

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In the past decade, software defined networking (SDN) has evolved from an ultra-hyped set of emerging technologies expected to revolutionize interconnected networks to a formidable, trusted solution offered by vendors from Cisco to VMWare. And it’s growing at a steady pace, with a projected market worth of more than $12 billion in 2022, according to a report by IDC.

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Confused by "the Edge?" 5 Ways to Define Edge Data Centers

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Edge computing and edge data centers are buzzwords popping up in IT publications all over the Internet, but what do they really mean? Edge computing is more straightforward, and has been simply defined as “data processing power at the edge of a network instead of in a cloud or a central data warehouse.” However, edge data centers are being defined in a variety of ways followed by outrageous claims that this new data center concept will “blow away the cloud.” Your preferred definition will likely depend on your industry. Here are 5 widely communicated ones to broaden your perspective.

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The Cloud on Demand

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According to the 451 Alliance, SaaS (Software as a Service) is the most widely adopted type of cloud service, used by 70% of companies. This is followed by Iaas (Infrastructure as a Service) via the public cloud, which is currently utilized by 46% of companies. As the use of cloud storage and cloud applications continues to increase, there is a growing demand to connect directly to the cloud, that is, without traversing the public Internet.

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What Is a Permanent DoS (PDoS) Attack?

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A Permanent Denial of Service attack, or a PDoS attack, is denial of service via hardware sabotage. One method of conducting a PDoS attack is commonly referred to as phlashing. During such an attack, an attacker bricks a device or destroys firmware, rendering the device or an entire system useless. In this scenario, the victim has no other choice than to repair the device or buy a new one to restore operations. PDoS attacks have been a known possibility for several years, but these tactics haven’t yet gained traction with hackers. Our partner Radware, a leading cybersecurity firm, predicts in their 2017 Global Application & Network Security Report that this type of attack will be on the rise this year.

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What Is a Zero-Day Attack? (and How to Minimize Risk)

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In the digital age when nearly every business and industry is powered by sophisticated technology, updates are a fact of life. Software developers are constantly releasing new versions of their solutions while hardware manufacturers are consistently seeking new ways to improve their products.

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Del Valle High School IT Group Tours Data Foundry’s Austin Data Center Campus

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High school students from Del Valle High School’s computer science and IT programs visited our data center campus in southeast Austin on Friday to tour the facilities and get an idea of what it would be like to work in a data center.

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