“Heartbleed” Vulnerability Rocks the Web – DataYard Responds

Earlier this week, a security advisory was released by the OpenSSL team warning of a vulnerability for certain versions of the organization’s widely popular encryption package. If you’ve listened to the radio or watched the news in the last 24 hours, there’s a good chance you have wondered what (if anything) this means to you. From the official page of the team tracking the bug:

“The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM) and some virtual private networks (VPNs).”

DataYard quickly responded to the potential security issues this new vulnerability posed to our customers.

Our system engineers and administrators worked throughout the evening on April 8th and into the morning of April 9th to ensure the security hole was patched on every system under DataYard Server Management. By 7:45AM on the 9th, all client and DataYard corporate systems were fully protected, hours before the mainstream media began reporting on the story. CNN didn’t begin its coverage until 10:23 that morning.

There are plenty of in-depth response articles emerging within the technical community, both as organizations continue to deal with this problem and as others are just realizing its scope. DataYard continues to educate concerned customers on any potential security implications the vulnerable code base may have created. But at the moment I think it is important to focus briefly on the value that a professional, focused, and serious system administration team brings to the business in a digital age. 

To the client, system administration is not a sexy endeavor.

With great system administration there is not the obvious visual satisfaction offered by such trades as design, manufacturing, architecture, and countless other creative occupations. Rest assured, DataYard System Engineers do not deploy final security fixes or application upgrades at 3:23AM to the roar of customer accolades and champagne spray at Winner’s Circle.

But that is kind of the point. The value of DataYard Server Management isn’t that you see it; in fact, it’s quite the opposite. The value is that when something like Heartbleed happens, it isn’t your responsibility as the client to respond to or even know about the issue – it’s ours. And, believe it or not, we think that calmly fixing potential problems before they become real problems is pretty sexy in its own right. 

NASCAR can keep the champagne.

Leigh Sandy’s Fiber-to-the-Home Initiative

Leigh Sandy “surfing the net” — December 1995

After founding the company with me and David Hughes in 1995, Leigh Sandy has left DataYard to start working on a project that is near and dear to his heart: fiber to the home. Leigh has been wanting to do this for some time, since at least 2010 when he worked with the Dayton Development Coalition to try to bring Google Fiber to Dayton. Leigh is committed to developing the Dayton community and isn’t leaving town, he’s just going to focus his time and attention on a different set of services and customers. Leigh will continue as an owner and referral partner for future DataYard business. I suspect that someday we’ll be referring residential business his way.

It will definitely be strange not having him around, but everyone at DataYard wishes Leigh the best of luck in his future endeavors and hope for his success!

David Mezera

Masten Worley Joins DataYard


I am very excited to announce that, effective 3/21/2014, Masten Worley officially joined our team as DataYard’s Director of Sales and Marketing.

Before joining DataYard, Masten was the CEO of MacTown — the Premier Apple Specialist in Dayton, Ohio. There, Masten oversaw retail operations at two locations in the Miami Valley, as well as the training, network management, and system integration functions — a full assortment of consumer and business services designed to help users get the most out of their technology investment. Prior to that, Masten was the store leader at an Apple store in Tennessee.

At DataYard, Masten will be working to get the word out about all the great things we do for our access, hosting, and co-location customers. Masten understands that the strength of DataYard is not a one-size-fits-all technology services menu, but the personalized service and consultative approach DataYard uses to right-size solutions for customers who need our high-reliability services. He’ll be closely listening to our customers, looking for new business opportunities in our target markets. Masten will also be working to make sure that our sales and operational teams are in perfect synchronization for each new customer, ensuring that DataYard delivers the best possible service experience to our customers from the start.

Welcome to the DataYard team, Masten!

Should Have Hosted with DataYard, Powerball Fail

Should Have Hosted with DataYard – 11/29/2012

Last night, the Powerball jackpot hit $550 million. Two lucky people had the winning numbers. Too bad the Powerball web servers couldn’t handle the traffic.


How do I connect to my Database via SQL Server Management Studio?

How do I connect to my Database via SQL Server Management Studio?

Assistance with connecting to your Database using SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS).

SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) is a software application that can be used to configure, manage, and administer your Windows Fusion database. The tool includes both script editors and graphical tools which work with your database objects.

Please note that you will be unable to connect to your database until we have allowed your IP address an exception in our firewall.

To do this, please contact support with your public static IP address. Once we have configured those exceptions and you have SSMS downloaded and installed on your client; you can login with the following information:

  • Server type: Database Engine
  • Server name: mdb-sqlvs01.windows.donet.com
  • Authentication: SQL Server Authentication
  • Login: This information was provided in your welcome letter (yoursitenametld)
  • Password: Provided in Welcome Letter