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How to Choose Network Services Wisely

Variety and flexibility are key elements of FIBERTOWN’s network services offerings.

Network. Pipe. Bandwidth. No matter what you call it, your business’ connectivity needs can be met with FIBERTOWN’s diverse solutions.

Some businesses need ultra-high performance, total redundancy, and reliability.

And others need more bandwidth to transfer massive amounts of data but can work with lower-tier providers to lower costs.

Determining the best price and performance plan to fit your company is where the magic lies.

Network services are varied and fluctuate in price. Here are a few helpful factors to consider when you’re determining your connectivity needs.

Location, location, location

While “location is everything” might be a common refrain for real estate agents, it’s also vital for companies looking for a network services provider.

Our FIBERTOWN data centers are located near major carrier hubs and Internet Carrier Exchanges.

These exchanges, also referred to as IX Points, IXPs or Internet Exchange Points, are where the world’s internet service providers (ISPs) and content delivery networks (CDNs) meet and exchange their network traffic.

Close proximity to an Internet Exchange Point means the lowest latency and most robust network connectivity for our data center colocation customers.

Blended internet and smart routing

Both of our FIBERTOWN data centers offer blended or multi-homed internet access.

We have partnerships with multiple carriers connected via multiple circuits providing superior reliability with no single point of failure.

Because of our partnership with ISPs, we are able to serve a broad range of connectivity needs, failover configurations, and specific price targets.

FIBERTOWN Smart Routing considers multiple real-time factors including latency, packet loss, jitter, and transit costs to move your traffic through the best route.

Considering carrier-neutral options

Our customers can depend on us to offer carrier-neutral connectivity.

FIBERTOWN has partnerships with a broad range of telecommunications carriers offering multiple types of service.

When you choose one of our data centers in Houston or Bryan – College Station, Texas, your connectivity is provided via multiple fiber entry points into each data center.

With total carrier neutrality, you can change your network carrier and/or network solution as your business requires.

We have recently enhanced our FIBERTOWN site-to-site connectivity by adding a redundant, path-diverse point-to-point circuit between our data centers in Bryan and Houston.

Connectivity for your business

When it comes to network services, there is no one-size-fits-all solution.

Any provider who tries to sell you that package isn’t working for your best interests.

In our experience, each business is unique and must be met with expert skill to craft the ideal solution for your needs.

Not only is it best for you — it’s simply the right thing to do.

Find a data center that understands the importance of individualization.

Let FIBERTOWN help you to determine the right data center solution for your needs. Contact us today for a free quote.

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Save Time with Industry-Designed Agreements at FIBERTOWN

Contracts, renewals, lease agreements and the RFP process.

Ask your tech department how they feel about these four items — and you’ll likely hear a groan or get an eye roll.

They just take so much time. And effort. Time that could be spent on project work — moving your company’s bottom line in the right direction.

What is your time worth?

Government entities utilize data centers for consistency

If you’re a local government agency based in Texas, whether at the local or state level, you might want to avoid the RFP process for where you locate your IT infrastructure.

Consider a colocation license agreement or lease agreement to enable a longer-term contract without requiring an RFP.

FIBERTOWN has a number of government entities in our data centers, and one of the reasons they give for choosing us as their colocation partner is to not have to go through that process every year.

It gives you back the time you’ve spent on contract negotiations and the endless meetings about the document language.

It puts you back in the job you want to be doing — your day-to-day business efforts.

Why a Texas-based entity would do business with FIBERTOWN

If you’re thinking about making the jump to a data center, you won’t be the first. Here are a few of the reasons others have switched to FIBERTOWN facilities in Bryan and Houston.

  • FIBERTOWN is government-friendly. This isn’t our first rodeo. We have a range of government clients. And we work with you, to make it easier for you to house your equipment with us.
  • Longer-term agreements. We can talk about what is the best fit for you. This definitely helps save you the time that you spend every year on the RFP process.
  • We are not cookie cutter. We work with you to make the contract fit your business needs, not the other way around.
  • Flexibility in contracts. From healthcare systems to emergency services, we’ve been flexible with what our customers need. We will keep your business objectives at the forefront.
  • Texas owned and operated. You’ll be working with a team that knows your state — which is key. Plus, supporting local businesses makes great economic sense for everyone.
  • Provide colocation and disaster recovery. We all know weather is the one thing that’s never predictable in Texas. Whether it’s epic winter storms or summer hurricanes, knowing your IT infrastructure is safe gives you peace of mind when you need it most.
  • Concerns around ransomware. As more and more hackers resort to ransomware to make their money, you can depend on the safety of FIBERTOWN’s security practices. We partner with industry experts to ensure we use secure cyber policies.
  • Emergency office space operations. If a storm knocks out power to your facility, or if roadways are inaccessible, use FIBERTOWN as an emergency office space. We’re ready with office furniture, computers chairs, and uninterrupted power and network connectivity set up for your team.

FIBERTOWN data centers make life easier

It’s an easy switch to move your IT infrastructure to FIBERTOWN. If you’re looking for a way to reduce paperwork and save time on contracts, contact a FIBERTOWN expert today for more information about relocating.

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Find Business Continuity During Construction with Data Centers

For some Austin, Texas business owners, booming construction around the city and corporate expansion news has left them slightly concerned.

A consistent flow of companies relocating to Austin and new housing for residents has its pros and cons.

Will your business be able to operate as usual with the recent expansions?

Construction expansion in Austin

Austin has been called the country’s fastest-growing metro area for over a decade.

While more businesses bodes well for long-term economic growth, expanding infrastructure and helping draw job seekers to the area, there are some downsides.

News about Tesla’s new factory near the airport, expansion across I-35 and more tech moving into town prompts questions about the viability of current business practices to downtown Austin inhabitants.

Downtown construction has continued to boom despite the pandemic.

“The activity that we see in downtown right now is an indication of the very healthy real estate market economy that we had when we entered this pandemic,” said Michele Van Hyfte, vice president of urban design for the Downtown Austin Alliance.

As of July 2020, there were 26 projects under construction with 25 others proposed or in planning, according to DAA data.

Accessibility during construction

The density of the downtown area due to construction inevitably means a disruption in traffic patterns and limited accessibility to businesses.

While it may be easy to tell when a new construction project is about to begin in your area, you’ll have to dig into plans and contact project managers to discover if and when you’ll have road closures or shutdowns.

Other construction concerns include the cost of power and utilities.

Will there be a fluctuation in electric costs during construction? Or will prices stay higher once the demand grows?

Another risk to consider is fiber or power cuts.

Are you absolutely dependent on 24/7 uptime for your business operations?

Do you have an emergency plan in place if construction disrupts your day-to-day?

Consider FIBERTOWN data centers for consistency

Offsite server locations can alleviate any concerns about business continuity.

In fact, construction has already prompted a large downtown Austin customer to relocate their servers to Bryan a few years ago.

FIBERTOWN Bryan’s fully-concurrent design delivers fault-tolerant protection for your mission-critical infrastructure.

We offer a complete suite of colocation options out of our stand-alone, 24,000 square-foot facility.

FIBERTOWN BRYAN is located outside the FEMA 500-year flood zone and out of reach of hurricanes and flooding.

It provides high availability, security, and redundancy through high-performance power, cooling, connectivity, and security.

If you’re concerned about Austin construction and how it might affect your business, contact a FIBERTOWN expert today for more information about relocating.

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‘Tis the Season for Hurricane Readiness

Hurricane and tropical depression hazards come in a variety of forms, including storm surges, high winds, tornadoes and flooding.

The steps you take before the storm are critical.

Having an emergency weather plan in place is imperative to handle the disaster — as well as your recovery.

What should you do before a hurricane strikes?

The most important part of your plan is being prepared. Consider these steps before a hurricane threatens your area:

     1. Prepare your emergency plan.
  • Develop or review your emergency plan, train your staff and run practice drills.
  • Include communication pieces for staff and contact information for your police/fire/gas/electrical providers and insurance carrier.
     2. Create basic life safety tasks.
  • Have evacuation or shelter procedures in place.
  • Train people in first aid, medical procedures, CPR, etc.
     3. Prepare emergency kits.
  • Have first aid and emergency safety kits on hand that are fully stocked with updated materials: non-perishable foods, bottled water, blankets, clothing, flashlights and batteries.
     4. Prepare your building.
  • Inspect your roof to ensure it will withstand hurricane-force winds and rain.
  • Consider adding hurricane clips, gable end bracing, hurricane-proof doors, and hurricane shutters.
  • Store materials such as plywood, screws, caulk, and sandbags to deploy quickly if a hurricane approaches.
  • Inspect your sump pump and replace batteries so you don’t rely on electrical power.
     5. Have a business continuity plan.
  • Establish a business continuity plan to maintain and resume operations during and after the hurricane.
  • Back up important data stored on computers to external hard drives or cloud storage.

What should you do when a hurricane is approaching?

Time becomes a critical factor when you know you’re in the path of a hurricane. Be decisive and heed the warnings of local emergency management officials.

     1.Keep people safe and informed.
  • Your priority in any emergency is to keep people safe.
  • Start activating a phone chain for updates.
     2. Move your valuables and documents to a safe location.
  • Raise items above floor level and or store them in a safe place, dry and up high.
  • Shut down computers and electronics.
     3. Secure your building.
  • Close and secure all doors.
  • Shut off electricity.

What happens once the storm is over?

When the skies clear and all emergency issues are resolved, you enter the recovery stage.

     1. Designate specific individuals to return to the site.
  • Work in teams and assess any damage.
  • Contact utility contractors.
  • Conduct basic repairs as necessary to secure the facility afterwards.
     2. Communicate with all team members to provide a status report.
  • Determine if the damages are severe enough to restrict usage or implement a temporary relocation plan.
  • Coordinate volunteer cleanup efforts.
     3. Follow up with your insurance carrier.
  • Report any damages that occurred to the claims team.
     4. Re-assess your plans.
  • It is critical that you and your team assess how well your safety action plan worked.
  • Are there improvements you could make? Should you consult with industry experts and learn how to better prepare?

The best preparations will help your team be ready for any storm.

FIBERTOWN data centers are built to withstand winds of 135 MPH, have generator backup in case utilities shutdown, and have personnel in our NOC 24/7/365 — even during a hurricane.

We’re always there to help whenever you need.

If you’re looking for disaster recovery office space, call FIBERTOWN today.