Data Foundry Blog

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

virtual machine escape cloud

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

Houston 2 Data Center

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

hurricane harvey rain prediction

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?

cryptocurrency mining cart

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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Choosing an Infrastructure Model: Colocation Vs Cloud

server cabinets moving to the cloud

Are you considering moving to the cloud? You aren’t alone. All the hype would have you believe that companies are moving assets to the cloud in droves and shutting down their data center operations. This couldn’t be further from the truth. The Uptime Institute’s 2016 Data Center Industry Survey found that 71% of companies maintain assets in enterprise-owned data centers, 20% maintain assets in colocation facilities and just 9% keep assets in the cloud. While there is an increase in the adoption of cloud services year over year, this growth appears to be conservative.

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6 Differences Between Cloud Security & Data Center Security

cloud security

Cloud security has improved over the years with cloud providers working hard to minimize risk and a variety of third party vendors launching comprehensive cloud security tools, such as Alert Logic’s Cloud Defender and Trend Micro’s Deep Security. So, is the cloud now just as secure as running your own infrastructure in a data center? Here are some significant differences between cloud security and data center security.

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7 Tips for a Successful Application Migration

With the ever-increasing adoption of hybrid cloud infrastructure models, application migrations have become a common occurrence. Whether you are migrating an application to your public or private cloud, these 7 tips can help you avoid costly and time-consuming errors in planning and execution.

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Confused by “the Edge?” 5 Ways to Define Edge Data Centers

edge computing and the Internet of Things

Edge computing and edge data centers are buzzwords popping up in IT publications all over the Internet, but what do they really mean? Edge computing is more straightforward, and has been simply defined as “data processing power at the edge of a network instead of in a cloud or a central data warehouse.” However, edge data centers are being defined in a variety of ways followed by outrageous claims that this new data center concept will “blow away the cloud.” Your preferred definition will likely depend on your industry. Here are 5 widely communicated ones to broaden your perspective.

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