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Policy Experts, Tech Entrepreneurs Debate Internet Privacy and Freedom at Take Back Your Internet 2018

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Friday night Data Foundry held its annual Take Back Your Internet party and panel along with sister companies Golden Frog and Giganews at the Texas Public Policy Foundation in downtown Austin. Data Foundry and our sister companies are committed to online privacy and an open Internet. We hold this event every year at the start of SXSW to band together with fellow tech entrepreneurs and public policy experts to debate the current state of the Internet and what can be done to make it more open and equal. This year FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn paid a surprise visit and made an introduction before the panel discussion began. In addition to participating in the discussion, attendees enjoyed drinks, hors d’oeuvres and BBQ tacos in true Austin fashion. Our 2018 panelists included:

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Why You Should Join Us at Data Center World 2018

data center world san antonio, tx

Data Foundry has been attending AFCOM’s Data Center World for the past six years, and we’re happy the event is just a short drive away for us this year – San Antonio, Texas. Data Center World is always an educational event for anyone who works in IT infrastructure, and the networking opportunities and after-parties are something everyone in the industry looks forward to each year.

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What Is a Colocation Data Center?

servers in colocation data center

A colocation data center is a data center shared by multiple companies who rent or lease space from the data center’s owner or operator. Colocation data centers are also called multi-tenant data centers. The popularity of these types of data centers has grown since the early 2000s, and analysts predict the colocation industry will continue to grow throughout the 2020s. Many enterprise-sized organizations are seeing value in shutting down some of their own data centers and switching to colocation facilities, which plays a major role in this growth. Small and medium-sized businesses also find value in using colocation because they can own some of their own infrastructure, rather than being tied to the public cloud. There are many reasons for making this choice, most of which revolve around hybrid cloud models and reduced capital expenditure through shared building infrastructure.

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5 Cybersecurity Threats to Keep an Eye on This Year

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According to the 2018 Thales Data Threat Report, which was compiled based on responses from over 1,200 senior security executives, 46% of U.S. companies experienced a data breach last year, nearly double the amount reported in 2016. After analyzing cybersecurity predictions and reports by CSO, MIT’s Technology Review, Infosecurity, Thales Security and 451 Research, we’ve compiled what we consider the top five threats to data security that cybersecurity professionals should monitor in 2018.

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Designing a Data Center for Security & Convenience

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Purpose-built data centers, also sometimes referred to as greenfield data centers, are designed to protect IT infrastructure and keep it running 24x7x365. Because these data centers are designed with IT in mind long before construction begins, they provide greater redundancy and resiliency than retrofitted facilities. However, these aren’t the only advantages to purpose-built data centers. In addition to these benefits, they provide a higher level of security and convenience. When tenants are moving and installing servers that cost around $2000-$4000 each, it’s prudent for data center operators to ensure that these processes are as convenient and secure as possible. Operators who design their facilities from the ground up have the most control over this optimization.

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Is Colocation the Right Choice for Bitcoin Mining?

bitcoin mining in a colocation data center

So, you’ve had some success profitably mining bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. You’ve continued to expand your operations, and now you’re looking for a space that can offer you all the power and cooling you need as you continue to expand. What could be better than renting space in a data center for bitcoin mining? As it turns out, not all data centers are created equal, and colocation isn’t the optimal solution for many bitcoin miners. Here’s why:

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What Your CFO Wants to Know about Colocation

CFO walking tight rope between servers

So, your company is considering colocation as a viable IT infrastructure strategy. How do you convince your CFO that it’s the right move? Convincing your CFO revolves around risk aversion and cost management. To help your CFO see the benefits of your decision, address the opportunity cost of the other options you’ve evaluated, discuss capital expenditure (CapEx) versus operational expenditure (OpEx), and address how colocation minimizes risk and cost to your organization.

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What’s Better than a Fault-Tolerant Data Center?

Achieving High Data Center Availability through Fault Avoidance data center systems monitoring

A tier four data center is often described as fault-tolerant. To be fault-tolerant, a data center must have two parallel power and cooling systems with no single point of failure (also known as 2N). Building or co-locating in a tier four center is hardly cost-effective for most companies, and the jump from tier three to tier four provides a marginal gain in availability. However, infrastructure isn’t the only factor that plays into availability, and all data center owners/operators can see an improvement in uptime by going a step beyond fault tolerance and practicing “fault avoidance.” Without fault avoidance, tier numbers mean little in terms of availability.

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The Results Are In: 9 IT & Infrastructure Trends for 2018

Predictions for IT trends in 2018 are in, and results from forward-looking industry studies from IDC, Gartner, 451 Research and others are centered around the demands of digital business. Consumers demand speed, flexibility and a straightforward user experience that yields immediate results, or else. The competition is just a few clicks away. Consumer demands have led to the rise of the cloud, and now the edge. “The continuing digital business evolution exploits new digital models to align more closely the physical and digital worlds for employees, partners and customers,” says David Cearley, a fellow and vice president at Gartner. Here’s what these demands mean for IT in 2018:

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2017: A Year in Review

This year we continued to experience growth in the Austin and Houston markets, and our newest data center, Texas 2, will be completed just in time to meet demand. Data Foundry continues to evolve as a colocation provider, expanding our portfolio of managed services and connectivity services in an effort to help our customers reach their business goals through IT strategies. We also faced an unexpected challenge this year as Hurricane Harvey lingered over Houston for three long days before slowly moving on its way.

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