Michigan is gaining ground as a hub for business owners. In our blogpost “Detroit Named No. 5 Fastest Growing Tech City in 2012”, we explained that motown has been exploding, with over 1,100 new tech jobs a day in 2012. It shows that Detroit is no one-trick-pony, and it’s finding a shift occurring from more traditional manufacturing to high-tech entrepreneurship. One huge player in this paradigm shift is TechTown, a midtown-situated company whose focus is to “incubate and accelerate technology …

There’s been quite a bit of talk around Michigan as an incredibly fast-growing IT state. What you may not have heard as much about, is the prospect of Michigan blossoming into a very effective shipping hub for North America. I know that seems strange. A peninsula doesn’t really strike anyone as the ideal place to concentrate shipping and logistic processes throughout the rest of the country. However, it’s got some real perks, as explained within a Forbes article written earlier …

Let the data demand ‘Madness’ begin in basketball arenas and workplaces across the country. The NCAA announced the teams participating in its postseason basketball tournament on Sunday, triggering the start of office pools, extended lunch hours and an incredible demand on company bandwidth. The first two days of March Madness take place during work hours on Thursday and Friday and 86 percent of fans say they’ll watch games or check scores at work. Outplacement firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found …

Keeping cool is the number one cost for data centers.  With rows and rows of servers and equipment producing heat, data centers have traditionally been cooled by using air conditioning.  This is an inefficient way to cool data centers and consumes a lot of power. As energy costs continue to rise, CIOs and data center managers are looking at all possibilities to become more energy efficient. An interesting trend to lower data center cooling costs is building data centers in …

Online Tech’s Director of Operations Jason Yaeger will participate on a panel of compliant data center experts in Los Angeles, Calif. at the 7×24 Exchange Southern California Chapter meeting on April 23. The meeting will showcase auditing and compliance in the data center. Jason is also Online Tech’s Risk Management and Security Officer, with extensive experience in data center audits, as he has guided the company through the successful completion of SAS 70 Type I, SAS 70 Type II, SSAE …

Michigan data center operator Online Tech will be exhibiting a range of secure hosting solutions for mission critical applications, including cloud hosting, colocation, managed servers, compliant hosting and disaster recovery, at the Midwest Technology Leaders 2013 symposium for IT executives and CIOs held in Detroit, Michigan. Online Tech’s Director of Operations Jason Yaeger will be speaking on a CIO panel at the event. Most recently, Jason was the recipient of the 2012 Crain’s Detroit Business CIO of the Year, exemplifying …

There’s a giant “Help Wanted” sign hanging at the Michigan border. When 2010 census numbers were released, Michigan was the only state in the country to have lost population over the previous decade. Why? Mainly because, thanks to the auto industry’s troubles and the Great Recession, Michigan had lost nearly 20 percent of its jobs over the same timeframe. Things are turning around. The state added 47,300 jobs in 2012 and University of Michigan economists expect a similar number in …

Online Tech co-CEOs Yan Ness and Mike Klein will be attending the 2013 Governor’s Economic Summit next week in Detroit, Michigan to collaborate with other state leaders and contribute a Michigan hosting provider‘s perspective. Governor Rick Snyder will lead a conference devoted to creating solutions to address the state’s employer talent needs, as well as create opportunities for regional collaboration and placemaking (a multi-faceted approach to the planning, design and management of public spaces). This invitation-only event hosted at the …

According to Mlive.com, Michigan ranked fourth in the country for new major corporate facilities and expansions in 2012. Site Selection magazine’s annual Governor’s Cup reports that Michigan increased from 85 qualified new building/expansion projects in 2011 to 337 in 2012 (nearly 300 percent), preceded by Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas. Site Selection is a corporate real estate strategy and area economic development magazine, the official publication of the Industrial Asset Management Council. Qualified new projects must involve an investment of $1 …

Michigan Offers Top Data Center’s Host Cities Recently I listened to a very interesting webinar by UBM Future Cities “Choosing Your Data Center’s Host City.” The webinar focused on what qualities you should consider when selecting a location to build a data center for colocation. Throughout the presentation, Andre Belisle shared some of the criteria that should be used when selecting a data center location. Low Natural Disasters – A location should be selected that has low probability of natural …

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