Pilots of World’s Tenth-Largest Port Award Data Foundry Disaster Recovery Contract

    AUSTIN, Texas — August 8, 2006 — Houston Pilots has awarded Data Foundry a multi-year disaster recovery contract and will utilize Data Foundry’s Disaster Recovery Campus and Worksite Recovery Center in Austin, Texas. With history dating back to 1921, Houston Pilots is responsible for safely navigating 8,500 vessels on 19,000 transits carrying more than 200 million tons of cargo through the Port of Houston each year.

    “The intensity of the 2005 hurricane season made it clear to Houston Pilots that a disaster would not only affect the channel but, given the proximity to the coast, could completely disrupt our primary operations location,” said Senior Consultant Dave Morrell of Houston Pilots. “Houston Pilots rely on critical server operations for information and data vital to the successful passage of ships through the Port. Each pilot who boards a ship requires information from dispatchers, tug boat operators, Coast Guard, the Port of Houston personnel, and other maritime organizations. Since much of this data converges within our server environment we cannot afford downtime.”

    ”We needed the ability to literally move our operations from the coastal area to a secondary location without skipping a beat. The strategy had to include an offsite location to house our mission-critical servers and work space so our pilots and dispatchers could continue working. The secondary location had to be close enough to Houston to drive in case of wide scale airport grounding as seen after 9/11, yet a safe distance from the Gulf. Since families would probably go with employees, it must have access to ample hotels and restaurants for an extended stay,” detailed Morrell.

    After performing a stringent search for the best company to address all of Houston Pilots’ disaster recovery needs, Dave Morrell recommended Data Foundry as the logical choice. “The primary reason for choosing Data Foundry was their ability to offer a complete package that addressed securing our servers in a redundant Data Center and guaranteeing dedicated work space for our employees to continue working if a disaster occurred.”

    Data Foundry will provide secure data center space within their Austin Data Center to locate servers, redundant Internet connections, and dedicated work space, including cubicles and private offices in their Worksite Recovery Center. The Data Foundry Austin Data Center is located 220 miles inland from the coast in the Data Foundry Disaster Recovery Campus with two dedicated power substations, redundant generators, six hotels, several restaurants, hiking trails and plenty of parking, all minutes away from Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

    Houston Pilots join a growing number of coastal companies choosing Data Foundry for their disaster recovery needs. “We are pleased to be a resource for companies in the Gulf Coast Region and beyond and look forward to providing services that address the changing needs of our customers,” said Jonah Yokubaitis, CEO of Data Foundry.

    About The Houston Pilots

    Houston Pilots, founded in 1921, is the organization responsible for piloting all vessels through the Port of Houston. Annually, this represents about 8,500 vessels on 19,000 transits carrying over 200 million tons of cargo. The Houston Ship Channel is known as the most difficult pilotage in the world because of the very long and narrow channel and the heavy load of traffic that it carries. The Houston Pilots, from the beginning, now, and in the future, are totally committed to SAFETY on the Houston Ship Channel and service to the shipping industry. www.houston-pilots.com

    About Data Foundry

    Data Foundry is a privately held company headquartered in Austin, Texas that provides data center colocation, disaster recovery and managed services for enterprise customers across a variety of industries including energy, healthcare and financial services. The company's premier data centers are supported by experienced onsite technicians, security staff and customer support 24 X 7 X 365. Founded in 1994, Data Foundry was one of the first 50 Internet Service Providers in the United States. Today, Data Foundry owns and operates purpose-built, carrier-neutral data centers in Texas and operates a global network with colocation presences for deployments worldwide. For more information, visit www.datafoundry.com or call 1.888.839.2794.

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