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Reinforced Concrete Walls Go Up at Houston 2

Our Houston 2 concrete tilt walls are moving into place – 16 of the 119 site cast reinforced concrete wall panels are up and will act as the “skin” holding the facility together. The use of concrete wall panels is one important feature that differentiates a purpose-built data center, such as Houston 2, from one that has been retrofitted to an existing building or warehouse. The concrete wall panels do not have windows and minimal doors to maximize the structural integrity of the 185 mph wind rated facility.

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Houston 2 Data Center Is Taking Shape

Construction of Houston 2 is moving forward extremely well! Over the past couple of weeks, crews made significant progress as the structural steel has been put in place, additional conduit has been positioned and the site cast concrete walls are set to be put in place at Houston 2. Construction of the structural steel is a major milestone because it acts as the “skeletal system” of the data center. It’s now getting easier to visualize exactly how massive this premium data center will be.

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Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Hurricane season is upon us, and according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center there is a 70 percent likelihood of 8 to 13 named storms, of which 3 to 6 could become hurricanes, including 1 to 2 major hurricanes. Of course, it only takes one storm to put an unprepared business out of business.

According to the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, 3 in 4 companies are at risk of failing to recover from disaster or outage due to an enormous shortfall in DR preparedness.

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Houston 2: Progress in the Bayou City

We’ve made significant progress in preparing the site for the construction of our state-of-the-art Houston 2 Data Center and are well on our way to a Q1 2015 completion. Check out some pictures below of the construction crews hard at work.

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Data Center World Global Conference 2014 Recap

Another informative and exciting Data Center World Conference is in the books. The weeklong conference in Las Vegas brought together data center and facilities management professionals from around the world. Data Center World is one of the premier events for learning about critical data center infrastructure services and solutions, peer networking, and a broad opportunity to learn from educational sessions. Read More ›

Data Foundry Goes Green, Saves Energy with RF Code Sensors

Is it me or is it too cold in here? Thanks to RF Code, we now know for sure.

Data Foundry recently installed state of the art thermal sensors from RF Code throughout Texas 1 to monitor and control the temperature within the data center raised floor.

RF Code thermal sensor
RF Code Thermal Sensor

Controlling temperature was one of the last primitive aspects of operating a state-of-art data center. RF Code has brought real-time intelligence to how we monitor and keep the temperature in our data centers within an acceptable range. Now, we can actively enforce airflow best practices and optimize our cooling systems to ensure we’re delivering the the most efficient service possible.

How does it work? We first attach the sensors to the server cabinets. We then use RF Code’s Asset Manager software to provide a “plan view” mapped overview of the data hall, and to survey the overall temperature conditions in the room. With this information we look for patterns and deviations from those patterns in the room, which we can investigate and correct. We also use RF Code’s API to gather per-sensor data and incorporate that right into our existing core network monitoring engine. This allows us to receive proactive notification when individual sensors go above (or below) an acceptable range.

All of this leads to precise management of necessary cooling. Getting 100 percent accurate data is essential to ensure maximum cooling efficiency within high power density deployments.

You can contact us for more information about Texas 1 and the systems we use to monitor and maintain our premier data centers.

Data Foundry Has Broken Ground!

The Data Foundry team is excited to share pictures and a complete video of the groundbreaking ceremony for our new 350,000 sq ft purpose-built Houston 2 Data Center.

On April 10th, Data Foundry staff and executives were joined by more than 100 esteemed guests for the two hour celebration. Upon arrival, guests were greeted by the Data Foundry team and an event space that showcased the capabilities of Houston 2. Distinguished speakers included Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Welcome Wilson Sr., Chairman of the GSL Welcome Group and Fred Welch, VP of Regional Development with the Greater Houston Partnership. The event concluded with a catered lunch by longtime Data Foundry client, Pappas Restaurants.

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Join Data Foundry at AFCOM Data Center World Next Week

The Mirage

If you are planning on attending the AFCOM Data Center World Global Conference in Las Vegas next week, we will be there and welcome the opportunity to connect.

Please join us and IES Communications as we host a mixer event on Wednesday evening in a private suite at The Mirage. Mix, mingle and relax with colleagues over drinks and hors d’oeuvres after a long day at the conference!

  • Date: Wednesday, April 30th
  • Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Location: The Mirage – 3400 Las Vegas Blvd. South
  • Drinks and hors d’oeuvres on us!

Space is limited so reserve your spot!

RSVP NOW

We look forward to seeing you there!

Once you RSVP, keep an eye out for an email on Tuesday, April 29th, that will include the room number. If you RSVP after the 29th, please see the hotel concierge who will provide the room number.

Presented by:

  • Data Foundry
  • IES Communications

Houston 2, We Have Lift-off!

We are proud to announce the official groundbreaking of our second and largest data center in the Houston area on April 10th! Our newest 350,000 sq ft purpose-built data center, named Houston 2, will reside on 18 acres in North Houston’s Greens Crossing district. Designed as a state-of-the-art data center from the ground up, Houston 2 will support both the demand and growth of our existing Houston client base as well as provide a choice for premium data center services to companies within the greater Houston metro area. We will continue to operate our long-standing Houston 1 data center, which is located in the Galleria/West Loop area.

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SXSW “Take Back Your Internet” Party Recap + Privacy Panel Video

We had a spirited discussion that covered the cultural, political and technological issues that affect online privacy. We co-sponsored a Take Back Your Internet Privacy Panel and Party with Giganews and Golden Frog on March 9th in Austin, Texas during SXSW. The event honored the global fight for online privacy and an uncensored Internet for all.

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