Online Tech is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2014. While our business model has changed considerably since 1994, three things have remained consistent: customer service, adaptability, and a leadership role in the technology world. Online Tech was founded as the first website hosting firm for businesses in the state of Michigan, a cutting-edge venture at the time. MIT researcher Matthew Gray claims there were a grand total of 623 websites by the end of 1993. Fast forward 20 years and …

Indianapolis greeted us with perfect blue sky and unseasonably warm fall weather last Thursday. It was a perfect backdrop for celebrating the opening of our new data center and kicking things off with an Open House to meet our new Indianapolis neighbors and introduce ourselves. The afternoon started off with a guided tour of the freshly renovated 44,000 square foot facility. Visitors got a sneak peak of both the facility and a chance to meet many of the Online Tech …

It’s official!  Our newest data center in Indianapolis is open for business. We’re very excited to bring secure, compliant, enterprise class cloud, colocation and offsite backup and disaster recovery to Indianapolis. It’s a great pleasure to have the opportunity to serve Indiana businesses and its IT community from the 44,000 square foot facility on Merrill Street, minutes from downtown, that officially opened today. So what makes Online Tech unique in the Indianapolis market? Just like at our four other Midwest …

In a previous post, I laid out the first three questions your CIO should answer before you start your backup and recovery research. The CIO should provide direction around the value of the data, the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and the Recovery Time Objective (RTO). Once these executive-level business requirements are understood, the context can be used to ask the next set of high-level business and technical questions that drive your backup and recovery strategy. 1) How confidential or compliant …

There are a number of options for offsite backup, including tape backup shipped offsite, backing up to a simple cloud storage like Amazon, or an enterprise-grade offsite backup and recovery solution. Before any detailed conversation takes place around the technical and business considerations impacting your backup strategy — such as compliance, confidentiality of the data, security requirements and recovery targets — there are three questions your CIO needs to answer prior to researching solutions for your offsite backup and recovery plan. …

Data protection and the cloud

Posted on June 19, 2014 by

BY YAN NESS Co-CEO, Online Tech In my last blog post I made the case that data is money. So it’s important to have a strategy for data protection just as you would for cash management. It helps to have a framework when developing a strategy. One framework for developing a data protection strategy is the Data Protection Spectrum. Traditionally, costs grow exponentially as you move from “Not Never” on the left of the spectrum to the “Always On” to …

BY YAN NESS Co-CEO, Online Tech It amazes me how plentiful and important data has become to our lives. In the early 1990s, I co-founded a company that built a software product called WARE that tracked and analyzed workplace injury and illness information. WARE included critical data analytics to help with loss control, automated reporting required by Department of Labor regulations, electronic claim submission to the insurance carrier and automating many of the critical decisions required to properly report and …

For the upcoming IMN Data Center East Conference, I’ve been invited to speak on the panel called “Staying Ahead of the Curve on Services” about managed services for data center operators. From my experience, two of the highest value managed services a data center operator can provide are backup and managed security services. I wrote about backup services in a previous post, so this one is about considerations for offering security services around cloud computing and colocation. Hosted security as …

At the end of May, I’m speaking on a panel at IMN’s Data Center East Conference in New York City. The panel is titled “Staying Ahead of the Curve on Services (for data center operators)” and will focus its message on market demand for managed services that deliver high value for colocation and cloud computing users. I define high value as an essential service that a service provider can deliver at a lower cost and with higher quality than their …

Those of us working in the security and compliance world are very aware of the data privacy rules and enforcement in different regulated industries: Health and Human Services (HHS) and its Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have broad authority over protected health information (PHI) through HIPAA and HITECH acts with significant fines for breaches of PHIO data by the holders of that data. Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) put teeth into protecting and securing financial data for publicly traded companies and a broad …

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