As the Business Development Manager, I’ve enjoyed educating people from around the world about how to purchase Managed Dedicated servers through our live chat service through WhosOn. The reason I enjoy using this service is that we are just having a chat about a client’s company and their needs. These chats can be fast and to the point, or at times, a little more comprehensive. What I like to do is learn about their company and where they want to …

I was reading an article by Penny Crosman in the “Wall Street & Technology Reports” January 2009 edition about monitoring servers in a remote data center and it provoked a few thoughts on the importance of monitoring of servers remotely. The article discusses the need for in-depth monitoring tools, monitoring dashboards, and skilled engineers capable of managing thousands of servers with millions of data points. Without the proper tools in place for monitoring servers, you may be lulled into a …

Here is Online Tech’s quick tips on how to setup a proper firewall rule set: Limit your server management ports (RDP: 3389 and SSH: 22) to your office subnet or a VPN connection.  The first and easiest way for someone to hack your managed dedicated server is for them to be able to RDP or SSH to your server and start bashing usernames and passwords.  If you limit RDP or SSH just to your office they won’t even have a …

Can managed services save my business? Yan Ness, CEO of Online Tech was one of four executives called upon to answer this question at an Automation Alley event this past Thursday, January 7, 2010. He was joined by: Brent Yax, CEO of Awecomm Technologies, LLC, Matt Henry, Account Manager of High Performance Systems, Inc. and Dan Hoban, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Nuspire Networks. While all four speakers spoke about the pros and cons of outsourcing managed services, Ness …

We were recently providing some feedback to a start-up company we’ve been coaching through the business planning and fund raising process.  In the process, the subject of hosting came up – something we do a fair amount of here at Online Tech. Now we don’t coach many start-ups because our time is pretty well devoted to running and growing Online Tech.  To be clear, we don’t coach the these start-ups to sell hosting either.  There are easier ways to make …

How is a Managed Server Like Leasing a Car? Remember the first time you bought a car? You finally saved up enough money to go down to the local car dealer and look at a few of the floor models. Only a couple hundred bucks a month for a good lease. You thought, “Yeah, I can afford that.” You go home to your parents and explain to them the great deal you saw today at the car dealership. Then they …

Monitoring Increases Uptime for SaaS Hosting and E-Commerce Hosting (Ann Arbor, MI – September 2nd, 2009) The majority of user frustrations with Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and E-commerce applications aren’t caused by hosting infrastructure failures, such as power or Internet connectivity. Rather, most user problems are rooted in application and server performance problems that can be proactively monitored and addressed before they impact the user experience. To overcome this issue, Online Tech introduced OTMonitor™, a multi-probe monitoring service for colocation servers and …

What’s the difference between a managed dedicated server and a leased server?  The short answer: A lot.  It’s like the difference between leasing a ship and taking a cruise. The difference isn’t just between a raw component and a complete service, it also impacts the total cost of total cost of ownership (TCO). The e-Tips article gives 7 tips for how you can cut costs by leveraging a dedicated server solution over leasing a server. The 7 tips discuss set …

Crain’s Detroit Business Coverage of Online Tech’s Growth Through the Current Economic Downturn By Tom Henderson, April 5, 2009; Reprinted from Crains Detroit Business Online Tech Inc., an Ann Arbor-based provider of data storage and file backup for disaster recovery, sees the current economic downturn as an opportunity to continue growing its business at a double-digit rate. As other companies deal with budget problems by cutting their IT staffs or putting expansion plans on hold, Online Tech wants to use …

New Online Tech colocation product can get satellite data to your colocation or dedicated servers. Our ready-to-go, weatherized satellite dish, combined with high speed Internet bandwidth and colocation or dedicated server hosting provides a great set of options for satellite data and video intensive applications. Ideal for a broad range of commercial and research applications ranging from satellite video capture to getting real time feeds for communications, NASA data, and weather data. The satellite dish receives C and Ku band …

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