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6 Ways to Improve Availability for Edge Computing

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No matter your definition of edge computing, the purpose is to bring processing power closer to the devices that communicate with it. For the purpose of this blog post, “the edge” is any storage or processing equipment that is not in a data center, i.e. computer equipment or machinery in your office, warehouse, or factory that stores or processes data from computers or network-enabled devices nearby.

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From the Austin Business Journal: A Call for Data Center Companies to Fight for Open Internet

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In this op-ed from the Austin Business Journal, Data Foundry co-founder Ron Yokubaitis and policy analyst Natalie Parra-Novosad discuss the benefits of Open Access and an Open Internet and call on all carrier-neutral data center companies to join the fight for an Open Internet:

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Is Your Business Ready for GDPR? Here’s How to Get Started

Most in the IT world have heard about the EU’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and know that it comes into effect this year, but many U.S. companies have yet to make the necessary changes to be compliant. A study by TrustArc says 61% of U.S. companies surveyed had not yet begun implementation of GDPR compliance at the end of last year. The majority of those who are unprepared are smaller companies. What you may not know is that if your company has a website, the GDPR will likely affect you. Here’s a quick overview to get your company going in the right direction.

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Compare 100+ Data Center Features with Our Interactive Checklist

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Every data center search should begin with identifying business goals and the long-term infrastructure requirements to help accomplish those goals. Once you’ve determined your top IT infrastructure goals, whether that means improving availability, connectivity, adding disaster recovery options, decreasing capital expenses, or a combination of the above, it’s up to you to look for a data center that meets business needs. To really understand if a facility can meet those needs, you will need to gather detailed information on the power structure, cooling equipment, utility infrastructure, security and more of your top facilities.

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Texas 2 Comes Online; First Customers Move In

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We are excited to announce our newest data center in Austin, Texas 2, has successfully passed the final stage of the commissioning process and is now open for business.

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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

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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?

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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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