Data Foundry Blog

How IoT Is Changing the Oil and Gas Industry

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Over the past few years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has transformed the way nearly every industry transmits, collects and uses data — and the oil and gas industry is no exception.

Energy companies who’ve invested in this new technology are enjoying cost savings, better-streamlined processes, more accurate forecasts for demands and other crucial advantages. And that’s likely why global IoT in the oil and gas market is expected to reach nearly $40 billion by 2023, according to a report from BIS Research.

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Get Uninterrupted Sleep with a Skilled Remote Hands Team

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Consider this inconvenient scenario: It’s 3 a.m., and you’re snuggled into bed, a hundred miles away from your organization’s servers, when an urgent call wakes you. Something has gone awry, your network has crashed, and no one else is available. Begrudgingly, you head out in the dark for the long trek to the data center and spend the next several hours troubleshooting and replacing equipment.

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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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An Overview of 2019 Technology Policy in the Texas Legislature

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The Texas Legislature meets every odd-numbered year in the city of our headquarters – Austin. We are excited to track technology policy development in the 2019 session. We hope to see several bills pass that move our state forward in terms of keeping policy up to speed with innovation. This year we are particularly focused on bills submitted in the areas of stingray technology, drone surveillance and cybersecurity.

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2018: A Year in Review

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It’s been an exciting year for us at Data Foundry. We opened our third data center in Austin, we’ve attended and sponsored some interesting events, and we’ve seen growth in some of our ancillary services. As we prepare for growth and change in 2019, we are looking back on events and milestones for the year.

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9 Technology Trends and Predictions for 2019

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It’s almost the end of another year, and predictions for 2019 tech trends are rolling in. Many of last year’s predictions rang true for 2018, including the rise of cybercrime-as-a-service, data sovereignty, and hybrid cloud connectivity. It looks like some exciting technologies will finally take off next year and become more commonplace, like augmented analytics, AI integration and edge computing. After analyzing predictions form Gartner, Forbes, Tech Republic and others, here are what we think will the top 9 predictions to watch out for in 2019.

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7 DDoS Attack Trends Spotted in 2018

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As organizations and businesses increasingly rely on the Internet to conduct standard business operations and generate revenue, DDoS attacks (Distributed Denial of Service) are the obvious choice for malicious actors to disrupt the status quo, make a statement, and/or cause serious financial consequences for their targets. Each year, it has become easier to hire third parties online to carry out attacks for a relatively low fee. These are some of the reasons DDoS attacks continue to increase year over year. As we are approaching the end of 2018, we’ve analyzed reports from leading DDoS mitigation providers to spot the top 7 DDoS trends over the last twelve months.

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How to Get Ahead of Digital Disruption

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Digital disruption makes businesses more competitive for many reasons, some of which include a reduction in the need for physical assets and materials and increased efficiency and agility. For example, Nest eliminated the need to have both an HVAC and security monitoring system, smart phones took the place of calculators, alarm clocks and cameras. These innovations disrupt entire industries because they are the obvious convenient choice for consumers. They also provide agility through scalable platforms that make it easy for companies to add and offer new services.

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Data Foundry Hosts Houston 2 Open House Lunch

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On Thursday, October 25, we hosted an open house lunch in the technology briefing center at our Houston 2 data center on Greens Parkway. The event was a gathering of Data Foundry’s staff, founders, current customers, acquaintances and longtime colleagues in the IT and telecom industries.

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It’s Time to Protect Our Industrial IoT: 9 Ways to Make a Difference

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As some of you may already know, elections aren’t the only thing Russian hackers are meddling in. They’ve infiltrated our energy and manufacturing sectors as well. This year, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security announced Russian government actors have hacked into energy, nuclear, water and critical manufacturing sectors. In July, they announced Russian hackers had infiltrated utility control rooms where they could have thrown switches if they chose to do so. Russia aside, it has become painfully obvious our industrial IoT (IIoT) and infrastructure are vulnerable.

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