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Data Privacy Day: 5 Things Your Business Can Do to Promote Data Privacy

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Data Privacy Day is an international effort focused on promoting data privacy awareness that takes place on January 28 every year. The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) leads promotional efforts for the U.S. This non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting a safer, more secure and more trusted Internet. In addition to educating consumers on how to protect their online privacy, the organization dedicates itself to showing companies how privacy is good for business. Here are 5 of their recommendations for promoting data privacy within your company:

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Do You Know What’s Under Your Data Center?

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You may have heard about data centers being built in 3-6 months from groundbreaking to commissioning. You’ve probably also seen buildings that are retrofitted to be data centers. There are advantages to these types of data center construction projects – they’re fast and cheap, and companies that need data center space ASAP can move in quickly. However, as you can imagine, much is sacrificed in the way of security, resiliency and redundancy when data centers are put together in a hurry. We devote a large portion of our data center construction timeline to what goes in the ground, months before the slab is even poured.

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How to Future-Proof Your Data Center Deployment

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Choosing a colocation provider is often a multi-year commitment. While colocation does provide greater flexibility and scalability than building a company data center, the level of scalability and flexibility will differ between colocation facilities. It’s essential to choose a data center that will allow for your expansion, not only in terms of space but also in terms of power and density. Apart from choosing your provider, there are other things your team can do to future-proof your deployment. Here’s how you can help ensure your deployment is set up for future growth so you don’t have to worry about an infrastructure overhaul for several years to come.

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7 Reasons Why Fortune 5 Companies Utilize Colocation

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If building and operating enterprise data centers was always the best course of action, all the companies that had the cash flow to do so would do it. There are several reasons Fortune 5 companies continue to engage colocation providers rather than exclusively running their own data centers. These are seven reasons we hear repeatedly from large corporations that utilize colocation as part of their IT strategy.

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Wrapping Up an Eventful 2016

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This holiday season we’re looking back on the eventful and exciting year that 2016 has been for Data Foundry, and as a company, we have a lot to be thankful for. We’ve seen healthy growth in the Austin and Houston markets, which has led to the kick off of the development of another data center for us in Austin, Texas 2, just one year after the completion of our Houston 2 data center. We’ve added several new managed services to our services portfolio, and we moved into a new corporate office just west of downtown Austin.

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What’s the Best Backup Strategy?

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Backup solutions have evolved significantly since the days when full and differential backup were the only options. The best backup strategy for your company largely depends on the size of your organization and your RTO (Recovery Time Objective) and RPO (Recovery Point Objective).

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Zero Rating Threatens the Open Internet

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At Data Foundry, we’re long-time advocates for open markets and the open Internet. Over the years we have worked on several efforts to protect the open Internet with rules such as those put forth in the FCC’s Open Internet Order.

Free or open market systems usually flourish with minimal regulation. However, this isn’t always the case, and it hasn’t been the case with Internet service providers. There is a lack of competition in the U.S. broadband market due to large companies dominating it by doing whatever it takes to eliminate competition and maintain their dominion. Recently, another major threat to the open Internet has been on our minds – AT&T’s historic mergers and the practice of zero-rating. So, what exactly is zero rating?

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Data Foundry Speaks Up: Declares Need for Tech Committee in State Legislature

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As a technology company whose founders, Ron and Carolyn Yokubaitis, were advocates before they were entrepreneurs, Data Foundry has always been involved in policy issues concerning technology and our fundamental rights.

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What’s the Best Cloud Strategy?

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These days, companies cannot grow successfully without planning an IT infrastructure strategy. If that infrastructure fails, the company fails. It seems that most organizations are coming to the conclusion that a hybrid cloud model is the best option. According to the 451 Alliance, around 70% of organizations are currently using a multi-cloud model. RightScale’s 2016 State of the Cloud Report shows similar results with 71% of companies using a hybrid cloud model. Adoption of a hybrid cloud model increased by roughly 12% year over year.

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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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