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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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Hurricane Season is Here, Are You Prepared?

2014 Hurricane Predictions

We are a little over a month into the 2014 hurricane season. Are you comfortable with your company’s Disaster Recovery plan?

In recent years we have seen everything from a hurricane season that produced only 2 hurricanes, to a season that generated 15. Regardless of the seasonal forecast, it only takes one hurricane to make a major impact on your critical IT assets. According to the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council, 3 out of 4 businesses are at risk of failing to recover from a disaster or outage and receive a failing grade in their disaster recovery preparedness plan. Be sure to arm yourself with the knowledge, expertise and solutions of a seasoned data center provider, like Data Foundry. We are fully prepared and ready to protect you from whatever may come your way.

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Data Foundry and the i2Coalition Submitted Comments to the FCC to Fight for Open Access

Data Foundry is proud member of the i2Coalition whose mission is to support “those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet”. We are proud to have played a key role, along with other i2Coalition members, in drafting the i2Coalition’s comments about Net Neutrality that were submitted this week to the United States Federal Communication Commission (“FCC”) yesterday. We are fighting for an “Open Access” Internet that promotes innovation and competition, while respecting user privacy. An excerpt of the executive summary and link to the “Comments of the i2Coaltion” filing is below.

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Data Foundry and Radware Host a Cyber Security Event

Data Foundry and Radware held a Cyber Security dinner last week in the Loft Room at the beautiful Brenner’s on the Bayou in Houston TX. We are very appreciative of our partner Radware and all of our guests who attended. The informal and eye-opening event regarding the latest cyber security challenges facing enterprise businesses was well received by all who attended. Carl Herberger, VP of Security with Radware, answered questions and led an open dialogue with all attendees. It was a great evening filled with valuable conversations.

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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
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