Online Tech announced today that it is shutting down its smallest data center located in downtown Ann Arbor . The center was its oldest of three data centers and no longer meets Online Tech’s high-end infrastructure standards. Current clients will be upgraded to Online Tech’s recently acquired, more efficient data center located in the Avis Farms technology center on the south side of Ann Arbor. This move is continuation of a larger business plan which began this past July when …

A few months back, we wrote about the lessons learned from Rackspace’s second power outage and subsequent downtime. We learned that Rackspace does a nice job with transparency and controlling the message in the social media realm. We saw the full effect of that as we got blasted by unhappy fanatical rackers that have the need to defend the mothership. However, when a market leader like Rackspace fails a third time since June, it hurts the hosting industry as a whole. …

Cyber Monday is undoubtedly one of the biggest online shopping days of the year. Originally sparked by at work high speed internet access, now more and more retailers are taking advantage of the buzz by offering “Cyber Monday Deals.” Even our clients are experiencing major bandwidth spikes—as much as 800% increases during today’s lunch hour! Below is a graph illustrating one of our client’s (we’ll call them Company A) usage spikes over the lunch hour today. As you can see, …

Detroit Data Center

Posted on November 17, 2009 by

Looking for a Detroit Data Center? There is no better Detroit data center than Online Tech’s Mid-Michigan data center – one of the the largest data centers near Detroit, Michigan delivering colocation, managed servers and managed private cloud hosting. Originally built by EDS, this Detroit Data Center was taken over by  Online Tech in 2006 to deliver colocation services in the Detroit Metro area. Online Tech delivers a full range of colocation services from its Detroit Data Center.  If you …

Guide to High Availability Hosting

Posted on November 17, 2009 by

How many 9s do you need? What is High Availability? High Availability is a term used to describe the procedures, infrastructure, and system design to ensure a specified level of accessibility to your server. Accessibility requires both power and network connectivity as well as a functional server. If one or all of these requirements are compromised, it is said to be unavailable. This level of availability is most often specified in a Service Level Agreement (SLA). Usually a set amount …

For the fourth year in a row, Online Tech has won Ann Arbor SPARK’s FastTrack award. Announced last Friday night at AnnArbor.com Business Review’s “Deals of the Year” ceremony, Online Tech was among 14 fellow award winners who have showed and maintained outstanding business growth. Online Tech President Mike Klein, had this to say about winning the award, “These awards show that Michigan businesses can still win and grow in difficult economic times.  Our employees really made this possible. They …

I purchased a server… now what? Server Costs Overview Making a decision on how to handle your IT Infrastructure can be a difficult one and one in which requires some planning.  It is important that you understand all of your options before purchasing or renting your equipment. One of the most common problems in communicating the value of managed colocation is undervaluing the time and cost of keeping your server up and running. Sure the cost of buying a server …

Update: SAS 70 reports only on controls related to financial reporting. If you need assurance of controls directly related to data centers, including privacy, security and availability, look for a SOC 2 report. SAS 70 was replaced by SSAE 16 in June 2011. Online Tech announced today that it has successfully completed its SAS 70 (Statement on Auditing Standards number 70) Type II audit for all three of its Michigan data centers. Six months after successfully completing the SAS 70 …

Announced today, uRefer, the leading referral marketing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform, has signed an agreement with Online Tech to host their SaaS referral platform in Online Tech’s SAS-70 certified data centers. Posted on uRefer’s company blog earlier in the week, uRefer had this to say about the new partnership, “Online Technologies is an Ann Arbor-based company with an incredibly rich service offering. They have been able to handle every requirement that we have thrown them, from physical security to backup and …

Mike Klein recently wrote a post for Dynamic Computer’s IT Blog. Here is an excerpt of that article: “With so much talk about “cloud computing” it’s hard to separate the hype from reality at times. However, as one of the leading managed data center operators in the Midwest, we’re seeing a definitive trend with our clients moving towards “storage in the cloud” or online backup and data storage. Whether you’re backing up to an unknown location “in the cloud” or …

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