Since opening our Indiana Data Center earlier this year, we’ve spent plenty of time discussing the technical architecture behind creating Indianapolis’ first secure, compliant enterprise-class cloud computing, colocation, offsite backup and disaster recovery facility.
However, we’re also quite proud of the staff we’ve compiled to operate that data center. This is the first in a series of posts introducing you to the Indiana Data Center team. We start with Data Center Administrator – and former military helicopter pilot – Travis Arbogast:
1. How long have you been with Online Tech?
Since September 2014.
2. Can you describe your responsibilities?
As Data Center Administrator, I am responsible for the operation and day-to-day management of tasks for the data center; responsible for managing vendors on site to complete maintenance, repairs, etc.; provide smart-hands remote support for clients and OT staff; and assist in maintaining 100% critical system uptime for the data center.
3. What are your areas of expertise?
I am an expert at being a “jack of all trades” and learning rapidly.
4. Where did you work before Online Tech?
Just prior to working with OT, I spent 2.5 years training US Marines on data systems for a defense contractor. I also flew OH-58D Kiowa Warriors as a Warrant Officer in the US Army for almost 12 years.
5. Where/what did you study?
I studied Aviation Technology at Purdue University before joining the Army. I am CCNA, Security+, and Network+ certified. I am also an FAA certified airframe mechanic and a US Army Safety Course graduate.
6. Why did you choose to come to work for Online Tech?
Online Tech is a company built on great values, focused on improving the standard, and committed to growth. When I learned they were opening a data center in my hometown, I knew I had to be a part of the team!
7. If you could send a mass message to the entire Indianapolis and greater Indiana business communities, what would you say about Online Tech?
People make the difference, and our people are great people!
8. What is your favorite thing about Indianapolis?
There are many great things about Indianapolis, but the love of sports is at the top of my list.
9. What’s the one thing you would change about Indianapolis?
10. If you could have dinner with any four people, dead or alive, who would you invite?
Thomas Edison, Michael Novosel, Neal Armstrong and Pat McAfee!