Data Foundry Blog

Hurricane Season Is Here

Hurricane season is in full swing, and as we learned from ImpactWeather President Mark Chambers in May, there are up to 11 named storms and two to three major hurricanes predicted for this season. Of course, it only takes one storm to put an unprepared business out of business.

According to Contingency Planning Research & Strategic Research Corporation, 43% of U.S. companies experiencing disasters never re-open, and 29% close within 2 years.

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    Lunch & Learn: Understanding the Cloud

    On May 16, 2012, Data Foundry, tw telecom, and SHI welcomed guests to Texas 1 for a lunch event on the Myths and Realities of Cloud Architecture.

    As guest dined on Texas BBQ, they heard from Data Foundry’s VP of Global Business Development, Greg Nielsen as he spoke about the history of the cloud. Greg illustrated how the modern cloud leverages data centers, like Texas 1, to serve as “nest-eggs” for growing cloud activity. Greg also highlighted several current cloud providers, like Golden Frog, that have recently selected Texas 1 as their permanent home because of its safe location, carrier-neutral connectivity, and highly redundant infrastructure.

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    Learning the Importance of a Disaster Recovery Plan

    Data Foundry, DYONYX, and AboveNet recently teamed up to host an executive luncheon at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse in Houston, Texas. A packed room of local professionals heard the President of ImpactWeather, Mark Chambers, speak about the upcoming hurricane season. With 2 to 3 major hurricanes predicted for 2012, Chambers highlighted the importance of having a proven disaster recovery plan in place.

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    Data Foundry to Host Mixer with Data Aire & Chatsworth at Data Center World

    Data Center World RSVP

    Mark your calendars! Data Foundry, Chatsworth and Data Aire will be hosting a cocktail party at the Mirage Las Vegas on Tuesday, March 20th from 7pm – 10pm. Join us after Data Center World to mingle with your peers over drinks and hors d’oeuvres. AFCOM Data Center Manager of the Year Finalist, Cameron Wynne will also be in attendance!

    Contact your Data Foundry Sales Rep to receive an exclusive invitation. Entrance is by RSVP only.

    What Makes a Data Center “World-Class”?

    When we started the process of designing Texas 1, we knew our customers expected a World-Class Data Center (WCDC). From the cooling, power and networking systems to the very ground on which Texas 1 sits, every detail was carefully considered when building this state-of-the-art facility. We consulted industry experts to ensure the highest quality product was produced….a World-Class Data Center.

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    Want to See 500 Terabytes of Cloud Storage in Texas 1?

    Golden Frog, a global software provider, recently selected Data Foundry’s Texas 1 data center to deploy one of their worldwide storage clusters for their Dump Truck online storage product.

    Golden Frog posted on their blog a great photo of 500 terabytes of cloud storage in a single cabinet. Visit the Golden Frog blog for an image of the 500 terabyte cloud storage installation inside one of our special chimney cabinets.

    By offering chimney cabinets and hot/cold aisle containment, Data Foundry’s purpose-built Texas 1 data center is uniquely designed to handle high performance/high density deployments such Golden Frog’s cloud storage solution.

    Data Foundry’s New Partner Program

    With the launch of our newest world-class facility, Texas 1, Data Foundry continues to transform Austin, TX into a destination city for data center colocation around the world. As part of this continued transformation, we are announcing a new partner program that already includes top channel partners like COLOTRAQ and SHI. This new program offers service providers, agents, and VARs the ability to seamlessly integrate our products & services into their existing suite of services and create new business avenues.

    Data Foundry’s Partner Program also allows partners to provide a broader, more comprehensive solution to their current clients, or target new customers with state-of-the-art colocation options, reliable connectivity, and dedicated worksite recovery space.

    Data Foundry is a trusted data center provider with a stellar industry reputation, so becoming a member of their new Channel Program was an easy decision. By incorporating Data Foundry’s product portfolio, including their new Texas 1 data center into our offerings, we can further ensure our clients receive the very best in cutting-edge services and support.

    – Lou Peccoralo, Chief Operating Officer of COLOTRAQ.

    To learn more about how you can become a partner, click here.

    Power Outage at Candlestick Park

    Just prior to the start of last night’s Monday Night Football game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, the country saw firsthand what happens when a utility transformer suddenly explodes. As the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and San Francisco 49ers was set to start, a utility transformer supplying power to the stadium blew up causing a power outage and delayed the start of the game by 20 minutes.

    What was witnessed last night is the reality of utility feeds. They fail. Sometimes spectacularly!

    Had Candlestick Park been powered by a “True Dual Feed” like Data Foundry’s Texas 1 Data Center, last night’s game would have started without a hitch.

    What is “True Dual Feed” power and is your data center configured in such a manner? Most data center operators will misuse the term “dual feed” when communicating the power configuration of their respective facilities. In reality, using the term “dual feed” does not always mean that the facility is receiving two independent power feeds from the utility company to the data center as it might imply. To help explain the typical power feed configurations, we have prepared a white paper that utilizes the following classification system;

    • Class 1 – Single Feed
    • Class 2 – Single Substation
    • Class 3 – Dual Substations
    • Class 4 – True Dual Feed

    To find out if your data center is truly dual fed, learn The Truth about Dual Power Feeds by downloading a free copy of our white paper. Click here to download.

    Visiting the Texas 1 Data Center

    Now that construction is complete, we can focus on sharing all of the details that make Texas 1 customer-friendly. We’ve previously blogged about the consideration that went into protecting and managing your equipment: energy-efficient cooling system, top-of-the-line security and the dual power substations. Now, we want to share some things we’ve done for the convenience of you and your staff.

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    Raising the Bar: Data Foundry Completes SSAE 16 Type II Audit

    Data Foundry’s Texas 1 and ADC data centers have successfully completed the SSAE 16 Type II compliance audit. What does that mean? You can have complete confidence that your critical data and infrastructure is in a facility which has verified internal business processes and IT controls in place.

    Over a period of 6 months, independent auditors assessed Data Foundry’s policies, controls, and business processes leading to SSAE 16 SOC 1 Type II compliance. Data Foundry will continue to complete an SSAE 16 audit every six months to ensure that no reporting period is unaudited. Continuous completion of an SSAE 16 Type II audit is part of Data Foundry’s commitment to provide world-class data center management services to its customers. For more information, please see our SSAE 16 page.

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