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7 Ways Small Businesses Benefit from Colocation

  cabinets in a colocation data center

With the ever-increasing number of services available, there are many options to choose from when it comes to setting up IT infrastructure for small businesses. So, why do smaller companies end up choosing colocation? We have seen many SMBs and startups switch over to colocation after carefully weighing all their options, or after finding themselves stuck with skyrocketing cloud bills when their business starts to take off. Here are seven key benefits they reap after deciding to colocate in a purpose-built, carrier-neutral data center.

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Data Foundry Provides Market-Leading Backup & Recovery Service

managed backup data recovery

As business continuity and data recovery become more essential for companies across the board, there is a growing demand for an efficient backup solution that can cover a variety of workloads. We’re pleased to announce a new managed service for our colocation customers, Managed Backup. Our Managed Backup service is a leading enterprise backup solution that allows users to backup or recover terabytes of data in minutes, not hours.

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Open Internet Is the Solution to Net Neutrality Woes

Net neutrality vs the Open Internet

The terms “net neutrality” and “open Internet” have been used loosely and interchangeably over the years, leaving many people confused and using the wrong terminology to express what they want from Internet providers and the agencies that govern them. Network neutrality, or net neutrality, is essentially an Internet that does not give preference to one application or type of content over others. In other words, (Internet Service Providers) ISPs should not give preference to one type of content over another on their networks, and they should not control or influence which devices or applications people use to access it. An open Internet is a means of obtaining and maintaining net neutrality, as well as ensuring everyone has fair access to Internet services.

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Texas 2 Data Center Is Taking Shape

data center under construction

The walls and roofs of our purpose-built data centers are the buildings’ bones and provide the wind rating needed to protect our facilities in the event of natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornados. Texas 2’s data hall is being constructed to resist 185 mph winds. With the walls and roof in place, our newest data center is taking shape and on schedule to open in Q4 of this year.

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Don’t You Wish Your Colocation Provider Knew More about Customer Service?

colocation customer support

We’ve heard a lot lately about REIT data centers (Real Estate Investment Trust) and poor customer service. The underlying purpose of a REIT is buying, selling and leasing real estate, or data center space in this case. These companies are not service-focused, and they outsource the majority of their operations and customer support. For instance, many of the technicians, facility managers and security staff that work for the largest colocation companies are hired on a contract basis from third-party vendors.

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Why a Hybrid Cloud/Colocation Strategy Is Here to Stay

Data Foundry's cloud connectivity diagram Hybrid cloud has become the most widely implemented cloud strategy. According to RightScale’s 2016 State of the Cloud report, 82% of companies have adopted a hybrid cloud model. In this model, companies run part of their infrastructure in private clouds and run the rest in public clouds. At the same time, the colocation industry continues to grow. The industry brought in $25.7 billion in revenue in 2015. This number is predicted to reach $36.1 billion this year and continue to increase at a rate of 16%. The reason for this positive correlation isn’t a mere coincidence. Companies are finding that colocation makes an excellent foundation for a hybrid cloud model. Read More

DDoS Hits Closer to Home in 2017: Trends & Emerging Threats

http 503 error, service unavailable As a colocation company that provides a DDoS Mitigation service to customers, we keep current with DDoS activity and emerging threats in our industry and others. We’ve noticed more frequent attacks in previous months, and medium to large companies aren’t the only ones dealing with the onslaught. Smaller organizations are increasingly getting hit with DDoS threats and attacks. In the final quarter of 2016, the U.S. slid into first place to become the number one source country for DDoS attacks. Read More

Make Data Center Migration Painless with Our Checklist

Does the thought of a data center migration make you sweat?

As we discussed in a previous blog post called Colocation Moves: 9 Common Mistakes to Avoid, a data center migration is a rigorous process. Because for most companies data center migrations are few and far between, there are often important details that are overlooked until it is too late to stop them from interfering with business continuity.

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Cybersecurity Bill Will Protect Sensitive Information & Mandate Cybersecurity Audits

Texas Policy Spotlight

We are thrilled to see a bill like H.B. 8 this legislative session, and with such a low bill number indicating a high commitment from leadership on this issue. H.B. 8 mandates a number of important cybersecurity measures to protect state agencies and personally identifiable information (PII). This kind of digital housekeeping is long overdue, and we hope to see it easily passed before the end of the session. In this spotlight, we’ll highlight some of the main action points of the bill and what we like about them.

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How Managed Services Providers Make Businesses More Profitable

IT managed services

Business owners and decision makers are always wondering what they can do to increase profitability. Suggestions generally reflect customer service enhancements, new business opportunities, and potential product initiatives. Something to consider is the value of business technology as it improves operations which increases profitability. One of the highest costs of implementing and maintaining these technologies is labor. You can increase profit margins simply by outsourcing IT.

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