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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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How to Avoid DDoS Annihilation?

Guest Blog by Carl Herberger, VP, Security Solutions, Radware (a business partner of Data Foundry)

According to US Gov’t statistics, 60% of Small Businesses fold before a one-year anniversary of a cyber-attack.

Not even 18 months ago, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology Chairman Chris Collins (R-NY) led a hearing to examine the increased volume and complexity of cyber-attacks on small business. The concern was that new attack technologies and techniques present new challenges and threats and the interest of the committee was to investigate the role of the federal government in helping address cyber-security issues.

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Join Data Foundry and Alert Logic for a Webinar On Infrastructure Availability

Alert Logic Webinar

Your business demands 24x7x365 infrastructure availability – but security incidents can halt your continuity for days, or even weeks. With the ever-increasing volume of security threats being launched, adopting a security management solution has become a requirement of doing business.

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Houston 2: Cooling System Construction is Underway

Near record rainfall in the Houston area hasn’t slowed down our construction of the Houston 2 data center. We have now completed the western tilt walls, which means the front and back of the colocation pods are now finished. Also, the structural steel is nearing completion for 40,000 SF of of dedicated office space for customers.

Construction of one of the key features of the Houston 2 data center cooling system is underway. We have completed the main trench that will house the chilled water pipes that will feed the Computer Room Air Handler (CRAH) units. Illustrating one of the key benefits of a purpose built data center, we are able to deliver chilled water through a below slab trench. A below slab trench provides two key benefits: (1) in the event of a leak in the chilled water system, the trench will ensure no water enters the data hall; and (2) the chilled water piping will not interfere with the efficient flow of chilled air to our customer’s cabinets and high performance servers located on the raised floor.

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HostingCon 2014 Conference Recap

Last month, members of the Data Foundry team made their way to Miami Beach for the 2014 HostingCon Conference. HostingCon is the premier industry conference for hosting and cloud providers where attendees can learn about the latest news, ideas and technology affecting their businesses. During the three day conference there were several educational sessions offered including a general session panel that included Data Foundry’s Co-Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Ron Yokubaitis. The session titled, “The Post Snowden World One Year Later: What Has Changed?” drew one of the largest crowds during the conference. Ron, along with an impressive panel of five additional industry experts, shared unique perspectives around privacy and how the Internet infrastructure industry, must collaborate with others who have a stake in its success to show the world that the United States takes privacy seriously.

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