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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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You’re Invited to our Privacy Panel & Party at SXSW 2014

Take Back Your Internet

It’s been a rough year for the Internet. With everything from the NSA controversy, to data collection by corporations, to the repeal of Net Neutrality we could all use a good time.

With that in mind, Data Foundry in partnership with Golden Frog and Giganews is hosting its second annual “Take Back the Internet” party during SXSW. We’d like to invite you to join us on Sunday, March 9 in downtown Austin for an evening of networking with your fellow netizens who care as much as you do about online privacy.

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Where the Cloud Lives, Part 2

In part 1, we provided a definition of cloud computing and talked about the difference between public and private clouds. In this post, we’ll look at the relationship between cloud services and data centers.

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Where the Cloud Lives, Part 1

Most people have heard about cloud computing, the catchall phrase that represents computing based on virtual resources. However, there are multiple flavors of cloud computing that can make the whole subject a little confusing. We’ll take a look at the two broad categories, public and private and tie in some directions, trends, and threats to make it all a little clearer. Because this is a really big topic, we’ll break it into a few chunks to make it easier to digest.

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DDoS Attacks, Are You Prepared?

The battle is heating up and the costs are staggering. In a recent Information Week article entitled Banks Hit Downtime Milestone in DDoS Attacks, it was reported that U.S. banks and financial services institutions have reported double the downtime of their websites compared to a year ago. And, with the much publicized accusations against the Iranian Government for sponsoring DDoS attacks on U.S. Banks, the impact may be felt for some time. It’s not just banks and financial institutions at risk, anyone with a web presence can be impacted. So, if you aren’t protected you may end of paying a stiff price in terms of business interruption and possibly lost customers, revenue and reputation.

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Why Your Disaster Recovery Strategy May Be a Disaster

Imagine that Hurricane Sandy came knocking at your door. Would your IT infrastructure be safe? Would your staff have a suitable workspace to continue operations? Don’t let your business be a victim of a disaster as some experienced in New York and New Jersey when their cooling systems were forced to power down and flooding killed their network. These events are further explained in an article entitled In Sandy’s Aftermath, Epic Challenges for Data Centers about some of the effects Hurricane Sandy had on data centers. To ensure that your disaster recovery strategy can withstand the test of a disaster, here are four important items to consider.

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The Red Flags of Selecting a Colocation Provider

Colocation providers are eager to help you make the right choice in selecting a data center (hint – we all believe our data center is the right choice). Most colocation providers will supply you with a checklist to make sure you understand all of the features we think you should evaluate in order to make an informed decision. This is good stuff and actually quite useful! In the end we are all trying to make sure your IT infrastructure will have a happy home in our data center. It’s like when your child leaves home for college; you want to make sure he/she will have everything needed to thrive – from a safe and secure roof over their head to a reasonable diet to roommates they can trust. We essentially want the same thing for your IT infrastructure while it is under our roof. Read More

Why You Need Experience-Based Data Center Solutions

Let’s start by talking about why this is even a topic for discussion. It all comes down to the desire to have successful data center outsourcing initiatives – whether you are looking to completely outsource your data center operations or just pieces of them. Nobody goes into a project expecting failure yet there are plenty of stories about best efforts that went wrong, sometimes very wrong, like Texas Ousts IBM, Takes New IT Outsourcing Tack. To be fair, the majority of organizations looking to outsource all or part of their mission-critical infrastructure won’t have to deal with the scale and complexity of the state of Texas. Where, as we know, everything is bigger. However, I think you would agree that your IT infrastructure is no less important…to you!

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