Data Foundry Blog

Data Foundry Hosted Member Meeting for HDI and itSMF

ITIL Meeting

Data Foundry was pleased to host a joint member-meeting for two associations that are committed to customer service and support across many industries, including IT and call centers. Both HDI of Houston and itSMF Houston Local Interest Group came together at our new premium data center, Houston 2.

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Houston 2 Data Center – Open for Business

Houston 2 Facade

The Data Foundry team is excited to announce that we have finished construction of Houston 2 and it is now open for business. We broke ground last April, and we are excited to be able to open up the white floor space of this purpose-built data center to a waiting list of customers ready to deploy their critical IT infrastructure.

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Data Foundry’s Newest Houston Data Center Hosted AITP Members & CIO Standup Series

AITP stand up

Data Foundry was delighted to host the first event at the Company’s newest data center, Houston 2, which is located in North Houston. The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) held its member meeting and the third in a series of CIO-Standup inside the Technology Briefing Center, which accommodated the 50+ attendees.

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Data Center World 2015 After Party – Full House of Industry Peers

Data Foundry and its partners, IES and fifteenfortyseven, hosted their annual After Party at the Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, and it was a wonderful networking event! There was a full house of data center and facilities’ management professionals who had a great time socializing with their peers and conversing about the industry topics on hardware, software, and services, which are the keystone of the Data Center World Global conference. Plus, basketball fans got to watch the televised game – Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks!

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Tours Data Foundry’s Texas 1 to discuss the open Internet

Texas 1 Tour Group
FCC Chairman Wheeler Visits Data Foundry Texas 1

Yesterday, Data Foundry was privileged to host FCC chairman Tom Wheeler at our Texas 1 data center in Austin, Texas. We were anxious to thank the Chairman for his courageous work in standing up to the monopolistic ISPs and leading the FCC to adopt new open Internet rules earlier this year. To our delight, the Chairman led off the meeting by thanking Data Foundry for its support in fighting for an open Internet for many years.

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SXSW Take Back Your Internet Panel and Party Recap.

We had an incredible time sponsoring the 3rd Annual “Take Back Your Internet” Panel and Party. The evening started out with an All-Star panel discussing “Is Net Neutrality Really Open Internet” with our CTO Edward Henigin on the panel. It was followed by an evening of networking and socializing with many people close to the issues. View the party photos and watch the panel from the event.

View the full transcription of the panel

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“Take Back Your Internet” Panel and Party at SXSW 2015

We are a proud sponsor of Golden Frog’s 3rd annual “Take Back Your Internet” Party during SXSWi 2015 in Austin, Texas! There will be an expert panel to discuss the Open Internet followed by music, drinks, and more. If you have not RSVP’d yet, please do so now!

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Houston 2 Update: The Data Center is Humming

Houston 2 Data Center

What a year it has been at the Houston 2 construction site. Since breaking ground early in 2014, we’ve been making steady progress and are on track to have the data center open for customer tours in early 2015.

Our latest milestones are to get all of the electrical and mechanical gear installed to ready Houston 2 to be commissioned. This means our UPS’s, backup generators, computer room air handlers, and electrical switchgear are all in the process of being installed for testing.

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The Battle for the Internet Came to Texas

Earlier this week, we had the pleasure of traveling to Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas for an FCC panel discussion and open forum. It was hosted by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai, and featured Edward Henigin, Data Foundry CTO, on the panel. Read Edward Henigin’s testimony on Internet regulation and maintaining an open Internet, or watch the live recording of the panel and forum.

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Houston 2 update: FM 1-120 Roof and Depressed Concrete Slab

Purpose-built Data Center with Structural Integrity

Almost all data centers in the Houston area are retrofitted facilities – frequently old warehouses or other large, open buildings that have been converted into a data center. Retrofitted facilities make compromises in critical data center design elements, which expose companies to unnecessary risks that can result in downtime of mission-critical IT systems.

From the very beginning, we knew the only way to satisfy the increased demand for colocation and disaster recovery services in the Houston area was to build a premium, purpose-built data center. The advantage of designing a purpose built data center (rather than retrofitting an existing facility) is that Data Foundry can control the design and quality of the power, network, cooling, security and structural integrity to ensure 100% up-time of the facility.

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