After Days at Work, Houston Data Center Staff Finally Went Home
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As Hurricane Harvey was preparing to slam Houston and the surrounding areas last Friday, data center operators with facilities in the region staffed up, with the knowledge that the staff may be unable to leave work for an undetermined number of days. As had been feared, Harvey’s landfall, followed by unprecedented, devastating flooding in Houston, resulted in submerged roads, leaving most of them stranded at work.
This Tuesday, five days later, many were finally able to return home; but not all of them still had homes to return to. “As with so many Texans impacted by this disaster, some of our team members either lost their homes entirely or suffered severe damage from flooding,” Edward Henigin, CTO at Data Foundry, said.
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The Austin-based data center provider has two facilities in Houston, and the company has been sending extra staff there to support their colleagues in dealing with their new reality.
Data Foundry is also ensuring all its employees have a roof over their heads. “We have secured housing for anyone who lost their home or is unable to access their home, and we are collecting and providing supplies for our team members and other residents who need them,” Henigin said.
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Companies including Data Foundry, Equinix, and CyrusOne had the same teams in their