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 …

One of the best networking and strategy sharing events in the midwest is happening in just a few short days. On May 14th, hundreds of senior IT executives are going to meet at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth for the Midwest Technology Leaders conference. The theme this year is The Next Decade of Innovation, Disruption, and Consumerization. This is the 10th anniversary of the Midwest Technology Leaders event, and promises to be a particularly engaging and helpful with …

When selecting a disaster recovery location the geographic location is an important consideration.  As stated in Online Tech’s Disaster Recovery white paper, a low natural disaster zone should be selected to minimize the risk of critical IT infrastructure destruction. So over the next few weeks, I will look in depth at a variety of natural disasters and analyze the geographical locations with a high concentration of data centers versus locations that offer low natural disaster probability and severity. Data Center …

With large corporations dominating the news, it’s sometimes hard to realize that 99% of all independent U.S. enterprises employ fewer than 500 people.  According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), 14.6 million Americans work for firms with 100 to 499 employees, 18.4 million people work for firms with 20 to 99 employees, and 19.6 million people work for companies with less than 20 employees. With small businesses encompassing a large percentage of America’s economy, it’s extremely important to understand …

When Data Centers Come to Town

Posted on June 12, 2013 by

I have written a lot about what companies should look for in a location when deciding to build or partner with a data center.  After the location has been decided upon, what happens when a data center decides to come to town? “Economic developers love data centers,” says Yan Ness, Online Tech Co-CEO.   Typically, data centers do not hire a lot of people like a plant would.  However, economic developers see data centers as a supporting entity for their technology …

The first and most important decision your organization can make regarding disaster recovery is deciding on the geographical location.  There are many things to consider including the probability and severity of natural disasters, other weather conditions like temperature, power structure of the area, and availability of a knowledgeable workforce. The state of Michigan offers many positives in all of these areas.  Let’s take a look at the top 5 reasons why Michigan is a good disaster recovery location. 1.  Low …

In many cooler geographical U.S. regions, data centers are looking at taking advantage of using the outside environment to cool their IT equipment.  Although this free cooling concept has been in existence for more than 30 years, it has becoming more widely adopted during the past 2 to 3 years as energy prices continue to rise. With three Michigan data centers, Online Tech has been utilizing Michigan’s cool air temperatures to help lower their data centers costs.  “We naturally use …

The 2013 Midwest Technology Leaders Symposium starts in a week, so if you haven’t gotten yourself registered yet, you still have a little time to get yourself on the list. This symposium is the chance to hear from some of the most successful CIOs in the Midwest. Speaker Niel Nickolaisen, the CIO of Western Governers University is going to be detailing some IT best practices that leaders can implement to determine what objectives to focus on, and how to boost …

Even if your business requires a disaster recovery site, you are not locked into building a brick-and-mortar data center of your own.  There are several alternatives available that can help reduce costs but still maintain protection of a backup facility should disaster strike. For many organizations, the best solution is to partner with a Michigan colocation provider.  Colocation offers you a cost-effective solution while allowing control over your hardware, software and communication equipment. Organizations can build and maintain their own …

For Michigan businesses of all types, outsourcing your IT infrastructure to a Detroit colocation provider can mean significant cost-savings, increased mission-critical data and application availability, and easy remote management. Choosing a Michigan data center facility eases the stress of installing and managing servers far from Michigan business locations. However, a quality managed colocation provider will design and professionally install your servers, no matter where you’re located. For Michigan companies with limited budget or staff, managed colocation can provide server monitoring, …

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