Return to Silicon Hills – Why HostingCon is Coming Back to Austin in 2013

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Three years ago, Austin was the site of HostingCon 2010, and this year, for the ninth edition of HostingCon, Austin will once again be playing the role of host. An estimated 1,900 professionals from the hosting services industry will be making their way to Austin for three days this June for HostingCon 2013, and for good reason. Not only is the convention a great way to network with and learn from like-minded professionals in the hosting services industry, but the city itself is a hub for technology and culture unlike any other.

Location, location, location

There couldn’t be a better site for an event as large and technologically geared as HostingCon 2013 than the Austin Convention Center. With its downtown location, the Austin Convention Center is within walking distance of a large number of hotels as well as only fifteen minutes from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, making transportation a breeze.

The Austin Convention Center is also more than capable of handling the obviously immense technological needs of attendees. The center offers complimentary wireless, but even more impressive is the center’s communication infrastructure, which is capable of moving voice, video, and data at one billion bits per second, allowing attendees to access the internet at lightning speeds.

The downtown location of the convention center also makes it easy to explore all of the great culture that Austin has to offer. With the official nickname of “The Live Music Capital of the World,” Austin has almost 200 live music venues, which means you can catch a show any night you’re there. Many of these venues are in the famed Sixth Street, Warehouse, and Red River districts, which are all only a few blocks away from the Austin Convention Center. The restaurants and bars in those districts, as well as the official HostingCon networking events during the conference itself, are also good places to network with HostingCon attendees after the day’s events.

One of America’s “Techiest” Cities

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Nicknamed “Silicon Hills” due to the growing number of technology companies that are now calling the city home, Austin is one of the top technology hubs in the country. Dell, Google, and Facebook are among the more than 3,800 technology companies located in Austin, and the city’s annual South By Southwest/SXSW interactive festival has been the launch site for huge interactive products such as Twitter and Foursquare. These factors are among the many that caused Travel + Leisure to rank Austin in the top three on their recent list of “America’s Techiest Cities,” making it the perfect place for one of America’s “techiest” conferences and trade shows. With all this technological background, it’s no wonder why more than 150 exhibitors in the web services and hosting industries will be flocking to Austin this June.

Austin is going to play a key factor in making the 2013 edition of HostingCon the best yet, and you’re not going to want to miss out. If you haven’t already, be sure to register as soon as possible to take advantage of the early bird registration specials.

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Bob Taylor (internet visionary) talks at UT Austin

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Bob Taylor was the first project manager and person most responsible for the creation of the first national network — the ARPAnet — which is universally regarded as the precursor to today’s Internet. John Markoff, technology writer for The New York Times, talks with alumnus Taylor about computing, the Internet and its impact on communications and our society. The 1910 Society Lecture Series kicks off the Graduate School’s 100-year celebration and is co-sponsored by the Dell Distinguished Lecture Series and the Department of Computer Science.
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Data Foundry Opens Data Center in Austin

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Colocation web hosting provider Data Foundry recently opened its newest data center in Austin, Texas. The company claims the facility is the first “purpose-built, carrier-neutral data center in the Central Texas region.” Preparations for the opening of the new data center began in May 2011 when the company held a large job fair in Austin to hire talented employees for the new location.

Location of the Data Center

The data center is located on a 40-acre data ranch campus in Austin. The opening is the initial phase of the 250,000 square foot facility which is fully functional. Despite the recent opening, the first customers have already begun to move in. Data Foundry currently operates two other carrier-neutral data centers in the state. The first is the ADC which is also located in Austin. The second is the HDC in Houston.

Texas 1 Specifications

Aptly named, “Texas 1”, the infrastructure boasts a diversity of independent power sources, water and network connections with no single points of failure in its cool, power and network systems. The location’s power system is maintained by two independent substations. Also, there is an unground power connection that is enclosed in a concrete duct. This is an extremely rare feature at colocation facilities.

Cooling Solutions

The water system is chilled allowing for flexible cooling solutions which include high-density configurations and single cabinet deployments. Therefore, the most complicated, high performing computing environments can be effectively cooled by the Texas 1 data center. Furthermore, the location boasts over 17 network carriers so customers have a choice between providers.

Announcement from Data Foundry

According to representatives from the Data Foundry implementation team, Texas 1 is the result of 17 years of experience in the operation of data centers. Throughout those years, the team has toured many facilities across the globe which has led to the creation of the Texas 1 data center. These visions will allow the company to compete on a global level. The facility provides an innovative design with flexibility which will benefit customers for many years.

The amount of planning that went into the design, development and opening of the data center is incredible. The company is even offering a full online tour of Texas 1 so customers can view the incredibleness of the location. No detail was missed so customers have complete security and control over their equipment in this high-tech colocation facility.

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Congressman Scott Austin visits with constituents

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Congressman Scott Austin visits with constituents
Previous Congressman Scott Austin on his way to Central Europe Georgia this week, meeting with constituents during four town hall events and two “Lunch with your Legislator” events.
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