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9 Ways to Make Your Business Network More Secure

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Cyber Security Awareness Month is here, and there’s no time like the present to assess the state of your network and your company’s cybersecurity culture. Although most people are aware of viruses, malware and cybercrime in general, they continue doing careless things like clicking links they shouldn’t click, using weak passwords or none at all, and using public Wi-Fi without encryption. That’s why instilling a company culture that is cyber-aware is so important in addition to physically and virtually securing your network. Here are 9 tips for keeping your business network secure:

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Meet Our Founders: Ron & Carolyn Yokubaitis

Ron & Carolyn Yokubaitis

For those of you who don’t know, our founders are an adventurous husband and wife duo who grew up in Houston, Texas. They’ve gone from the Peace Corps in Brazil in the 70s to working in communications law, launching one of the first 50 ISPs in the U.S. to building the world-class data center company that Data Foundry is today. This month, they were featured in a local Houston magazine, Voyage Houston, where they tell their story:

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    How We Maintain a Resilient Network

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    With companies turning to hybrid infrastructure models with critical business applications running in the cloud, network resilience is more important than ever. During Hurricane Harvey, Houston customers congratulated us on network performance, saying “the network didn’t skip a beat.” Some have asked us what makes a network so resilient, especially during weather events like Harvey. It’s not only about having diverse, concrete encased network feeds and path diversity, it’s also about having visibility into the state of the Internet at any given moment. Our senior network engineer, William Knobles, explains more.

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    “The Edge” Is Real and Here’s What’s Driving It

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    We attended Data Center Dynamic’s Colo + Cloud conference in Dallas this week, and we heard a variety of viewpoints on what the edge means and what drives its growth. The panel discussion, Digital Infrastructure: Future State at the Edge, confirmed what we wrote back in July in our blog post, 5 Ways to Define Edge Data Centers. There are many ways to define the edge, and the definition depends upon the use case. However, something the panelists were able to agree on is what’s driving growth at the edge: Our adoption of ephemeral lifestyles and the desire to be omni-everything.

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    Malicious Co-Residency in the Public Cloud Is a Real Threat

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    A couple of weeks ago, we wrote about 6 Differences between Cloud Security & Data Center Security. One of the main differences between the two is shared equipment. Companies in the public cloud often share hypervisors with other entities. A logical barrier is created using virtualization to separate one company’s data and systems from another. In this article, we take a deeper dive into sharing resources in the cloud and the implications for security.

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    How to Calculate the True Cost of Downtime

    There are a lot of scary numbers out there for the average cost of downtime. The Ponemon Institute stated the average cost of unplanned downtime for 2016 was $8,850 per minute. But what if your organization is smaller or larger than average? In this blog post we review several average downtime costs that include small businesses and large enterprises. We also discuss how to calculate the average cost of downtime for your business. These costs include labor cost, productivity cost, revenue loss and reputation damage control. Read More

    As Harvey Subsides, Data Foundry Staff Unites

    supplies for families in Houston

    The sun made its first appearance in Houston after the storm late Tuesday afternoon. We are relieved that Harvey has moved on, and feel for those in Louisiana that are going to potentially experience some flooding as well. Although the storm has passed and our data centers are dry, Harvey left so many without homes, including some of our own staff and their families.

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    Harvey Status Update: Data Foundry’s Data Centers Stay Dry

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    Unfortunately for those in the Houston area, rain is predicted to continue falling for several days. Tropical Storm Harvey is headed back toward the Gulf, where it may unfortunately gain strength and make landfall again near Houston. Currently, our Houston and Austin data centers are all safe and sound. We have experienced no flooding and no outages at any of our data centers as of this afternoon, and we remain fully staffed at every site. Houston has of course been the hardest hit, and we greatly appreciate the tireless and vigilant work our data center operations and facilities staff have put in over the last few days. Read More

    Hurricane Harvey Expected to Hit Texas Coast as a Category 3 Storm

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    Tropical Storm Harvey is making a comeback and is expected to hit the Texas coast sometime Friday, bringing torrential rains and flooding to the Houston area. CNN announced at 11 am today that this storm is likely to hit the coast as a category 3 hurricane. It is now predicted that Houston will receive up to 20 inches of rainfall. Our Houston 2 data center, built to withstand category 5 winds and located 3 feet above the 500-year flood plain, is always ready with redundant power and cooling, 24×7 storm monitoring, enough fuel to keep generators running continually, and supplies for workers on site.

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    Can Cryptocurrency Mining by Night Be Profitable for Companies?

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    Bitcoin and cryptocurrency mining in general has gone from being an arcane hobby to the bread and butter of currency mining startups that are now evolving to be major blockchain technology solutions providers, such as PeerNova. Some individuals and companies that have tried bitcoin mining on the side  have come forward to say that it hasn’t been worth the effort or the cost. We wondered why some have been successful while others have not, and could cryptocurrency mining be a profitable endeavor for companies on the side? The answer: It depends.

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