Data Foundry Blog

Data Foundry Goes Green, Saves Energy with RF Code Sensors

Is it me or is it too cold in here? Thanks to RF Code, we now know for sure.

Data Foundry recently installed state of the art thermal sensors from RF Code throughout Texas 1 to monitor and control the temperature within the data center raised floor.

RF Code thermal sensor
RF Code Thermal Sensor

Controlling temperature was one of the last primitive aspects of operating a state-of-art data center. RF Code has brought real-time intelligence to how we monitor and keep the temperature in our data centers within an acceptable range. Now, we can actively enforce airflow best practices and optimize our cooling systems to ensure we’re delivering the the most efficient service possible.

How does it work? We first attach the sensors to the server cabinets. We then use RF Code’s Asset Manager software to provide a “plan view” mapped overview of the data hall, and to survey the overall temperature conditions in the room. With this information we look for patterns and deviations from those patterns in the room, which we can investigate and correct. We also use RF Code’s API to gather per-sensor data and incorporate that right into our existing core network monitoring engine. This allows us to receive proactive notification when individual sensors go above (or below) an acceptable range.

All of this leads to precise management of necessary cooling. Getting 100 percent accurate data is essential to ensure maximum cooling efficiency within high power density deployments.

You can contact us for more information about Texas 1 and the systems we use to monitor and maintain our premier data centers.

Data Foundry Has Broken Ground!

The Data Foundry team is excited to share pictures and a complete video of the groundbreaking ceremony for our new 350,000 sq ft purpose-built Houston 2 Data Center.

On April 10th, Data Foundry staff and executives were joined by more than 100 esteemed guests for the two hour celebration. Upon arrival, guests were greeted by the Data Foundry team and an event space that showcased the capabilities of Houston 2. Distinguished speakers included Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Welcome Wilson Sr., Chairman of the GSL Welcome Group and Fred Welch, VP of Regional Development with the Greater Houston Partnership. The event concluded with a catered lunch by longtime Data Foundry client, Pappas Restaurants.

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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!


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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