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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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Disaster Risks: Redrawing the Lines

Hurricane Sandy served as a stark reminder that we should always be prepared for the unexpected. Following this type of disaster, we are forced to reassess our understanding of how certain areas are affected by natural disasters. Red Cross, NOAA and NRC have developed a basic risk level for almost every part of the US. We commonly use the map below to illustrate how safe Austin, TX is for data center operations.

Austin Risk Assessment Map
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Understanding the Costs of Downtime

Texas 1 is designed to ensure continuous uptime and availability for your IT infrastructure. In our latest blog entry, we explore the costs of downtime.

A 2011 Ponemon Institute study, “Calculating the Cost of Data Center Outages”, analyzed costs at 41 data centers to try and identify the costs of downtime. Some of the more relevant facts include:

  • Average cost of data center downtime is $5,600 per minute.
  • The average reported incident length was 90 minutes, resulting in average cost per incident of approximately $505,500.
  • For a total data center outage, which had an average recovery time of 134 minutes, average costs were approximately $680,000.
  • For a partial data center outage, which averaged 59 minutes in length, average costs were approximately $258,000.
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Data Center World 2012 After Party Recap

Tuesday night’s Data Center World “After Party”, hosted by Data Foundry, Opengate and DCS, was a success for everyone involved.

A packed room of data center professionals was in attendance to relax and discuss the wide range of topics presented at this year’s Data Center World 2012. Included in this year’s presentations was Data Foundry’s own Cameron Wynne, AFCOM’s 2012 Data Center Manager of the Year, who presented on ‘Overcoming Project Hurdles Using Proven Project Methodologies’. Thanks to each of you that stopped by and let us know how much you appreciated his presentation. We look forward to seeing everyone at Data Center World 2013.

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Data Foundry Hosts Houston AFCOM Chapter

Roughly 35 AFCOM members attended the 2012 Greater Houston AFCOM Chapter Meeting last Thursday. During the luncheon, Data Foundry’s Cameron Wynne, Vice President of Operations and current AFCOM Data Center Manager of the Year, gave a presentation on Overcoming Project Hurdles. Cameron covered issues on avoiding and minimizing the inherent risks involved in constructing and managing state-of-the-art colocation data centers.

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Data Foundry, Opengate, and DCS to Host Data Center World After Party

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Mark your calendars! Data Foundry, Opengate and DCS will be hosting a cocktail party at Ravello’s restaurant in the Garden Conservatory Gaylord Opryland on Tuesday, October 2nd from 6:30pm – 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, Cameron Wynne will also be in attendance!

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

The Importance of a Concrete-Encased, Underground Power Feed

Downed Power Lines

Downed Power Lines

According to the Edison Electric Institute, the top five causes of power outages in the United States are:

  1. Mother Nature – More than half of all power outages across the U.S. are caused by nature. High winds, lightning, ice and heavy rains can affect an aboveground power line directly or indirectly by causing trees or other debris to strike it. Overgrown vegetation can also short out aboveground equipment.
  2. Automobile Accidents – Over five percent of all power outages are caused by a vehicle striking an electrical pole or transformer.
  3. Wildlife – A smaller percentage of power outages is caused by animals coming in contact with the line or equipment, causing it to fail.
  4. Construction – Whether new construction or maintenance, cranes and dig-ins are another major threat to the power supply.
  5. Fire – Aboveground feeds are vulnerable to fire destroying equipment at any point along the line’s path.
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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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