Photo credit: John Taylor / Flickr Every CIO needs to stand up and take notice. There’s a new compliance cop in town – and it’s not just for health care, financial or credit card information – it’s for any company that holds personally identifiable information (PII) on their servers. On Monday, a Federal Appeals Court ruled the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has the power to take action against companies that employ poor IT security practices. Over a year ago, we …

Defining Our Company Purpose

Posted on August 24, 2015 by

About four years ago, we decided we needed to get down to business defining why we’ve been able to garner some of the best talent in the industry and what it is that draws us together to work towards our common goal. We’re big on Verne Harnish’s Mastering the Rockefeller Habits – and he describes this as the “Purpose” or the “Why”. Other companies call it their mission statement. Mike Klein, my Co-CEO, pointed out Simon Sinek’s TEDx talk “Start …

Yan and I had a blast this week joining the IT in the D podcast with Bob, David & Nuri. The conversation is lighthearted and fun – and these guys have a lot of experience in IT. You can listen to IT in the D’s Monday’s podcast here: http://www.itinthed.com/17603/episode-104-online-tech-andrea-kress-windsor-comic-con/

Why Two Heads are Better than One

Posted on August 10, 2015 by

Photo credit: GonzosNoze / Wikia Last year, Oracle’s CEO Larry Ellison, tapped not one, but two CEOs to replace him when he steps down as leader. Chipotle, Whole Foods, and Deutsche Bank also use the dual management structure, and since 2012, Online Tech, a Midwest tech company has had two Co-CEOs: myself and Yan Ness. As a company that manages mission critical cloud computing, our business model relies on redundancy across its data centers to ensure uptime and availability. Redundancy …

By Yan Ness, co-CEO Backup and recovery. Has there been less emphasis on the second half of a duo since Simon & Garfunkel split up? Already the ugly stepchild of IT, never getting the same priority as customer issues, and often shipped off to be handled by other organizations, backup and recovery plans frequently overlook one important aspect: Getting backed-up data back to a production environment in the case of disaster. Yes, data is backed up. Yes, the backup is …

In 1989, when “The Simpsons” featured its first telephone prank in Season 1, Episode 3, IP addresses were basically free. Times have changed. Did you know that the world is now running low on IP addresses? With the advent of the “Internet of Things,” everything from TVs, phones, watches—even refrigerators, washing machines, thermostats and air conditioning units—has an IP address, so the available addresses are quickly being used up. ARIN, the organization that manages all IP addresses, is putting lots …

Cybersecurity is front and center in the headlines once again. Recent congressional hearings on the largest cyberattack in U.S. history — a breach into the personal data of anywhere from 4.2 to upwards of 18 million Americans — failed to identify anyone willing to take responsibility, and further hearings just last week produced similar results. Tony Scott, the U.S. Chief Information Officer, began his testimony by stating the problem: “Both state and non-state actors who are well financed, highly motivated, …

Join Online Tech at our Indianapolis data center on Tuesday, June 16, for a workshop: Securing Your Cloud in an Insecure World. In partnership with our co-sponsor, Radware, this half-day seminar features a panel of the nation’s foremost authorities on cloud security and compliance, who will address the real-world threats and risks the IT community deals with on a daily basis. Your Panel of Experts Ben Desjardins Ben Desjardins is the director of security solutions marketing at Radware. Driving the …

We have a stellar lineup of presenters slated for our June 2 workshop at our Metro Detroit data center: Securing Your Cloud in an Insecure World. In partnership with our co-sponsor, Radware, this half-day seminar will feature a panel of the nation’s foremost authorities on cloud security and compliance professionals to address the real-world threats and risks we all deal with on a daily basis. Your Panel of Experts Carl Herberger—Threat Landscape Carl Herberger is a leading expert on the …

Last year, we launched a fully encrypted, high-speed data analytics cloud from our Indianapolis data center. It’s a full enterprise-grade cloud based on EMC’s XtremIO and VNX all-flash array, Cisco UCS Blade Servers, and VMware’s virtualization platform. We built this cloud platform with two unique capabilities driven by our healthcare data analytics clients: Encryption everywhere – at rest, in transit, and backed up. Online Tech is one of the few cloud service providers that natively encrypts all the data in …

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