What does 2015 have in store for the data center and cloud computing industries? We sat down with Online Tech co-CEOs Yan Ness and Mike Klein to get some of their informed predictions: Klein on the changing customer requirements for cloud and data centers: “One of the most significant trends in the cloud and data center market in 2015 will be the way companies in industries outside of healthcare, retail and finance will start to incorporate security and privacy into …

As we all take a step back to reminisce about the past year and drop the ball on a new one, those of us at Online Tech have plenty of achievements to celebrate. We’ve called this, our 20th year of existence, “the most ambitious and successful 12 months” in the company history in a recent press release. That’s notable, considering our 20th anniversary story about how we’ve evolved from being Michigan’s first ISP in 1994 to a leader in secure …

Happy New Year! It’s been a huge year for us at Online Tech, from hitting our 20th anniversary, to opening two new data centers throughout the great lakes region. We’ve definitely been busy, and we aren’t looking to slow down now. Our next Michigan event will be a half-day business continuity and disaster recovery workshop. This workshop will be on February 19th, at our Metro Detroit data center. We’ve gathered a group of experts to give some hands-on business continuity …

When Online Tech opened its Indiana Data Center earlier this year, co-CEO Mike Klein said the company “saw a gap in secure cloud and data center infrastructure serving Indiana.” That gap continued to be filled when Online Tech launched its new and improved cloud infrastructure in mid-December, creating the only truly PCI, HIPAA and SOX-compliant cloud in Indianapolis. The enterprise-level cloud is built on EMC XtremIO all-flash array technology that offers clients faster application response times while increasing reliability and …

Data is growing exponentially. Not just in size, but also in importance to organizations. So how do you protect that data while simultaneously assuring it can be quickly recovered in case of an emergency? A recent Online Tech “Tuesdays at 2” webinar discussed how organizations can turn offsite backup into a recovery option. In “Transforming Your Offsite Backup into a Real Recovery Option,” guest host Steven Aiello led an in-depth dive into what he calls the “data protection spectrum” and …

BY YAN NESS Online Tech Co-CEO For 15 years, Online Tech has provided data backup services to our colocation and hosting clients. We used to back up to tapes in a large multi-tape system, then transport them from one data center to another. We moved to disk-based backup when the total cost to operate per GB of protected data using the disk was clearly less than tape. We knew we had to find a new way with a lower total …

If the burgeoning economic renaissance in the city of Detroit is to fully take root, there’s some serious infrastructure work to be done. And not just “infrastructure” in terms of fixing the crumbling roads or creating mass transportation options, like the M1 Rail streetcar project. No, we’re talking technology infrastructure. A recent story at FiveThirtyEight.com highlighted some of the city’s technological marvels – such as fire stations rigging fax machines to knock over soda cans full of coins. That, folks, …

Our ace photographer, Chris Rizzo, took so many excellent pictures at our Metro Detroit Data Center open house on Dec. 2 that it took us a full 10 days to whittle it down to our 10 favorites to post here. Among the strong turnout – approximately 400 registered for the event – were political dignitaries like Westland mayor William R. Wild, Wayne County Commissioner Richard LeBlanc and a representative from U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow’s office. Mayor Wild seemed to have …

Are you planning to attend the open house celebration at our new Metro Detroit Data Center on Tuesday? If not, there’s still time to register. We’d love to see you there. If so, we have a favor to ask: Bring a leash. Or a dog bed. Or some flea and tick preventative. No, we’re not supplementing our data center business with a doggy daycare. We’ve teamed up with the southeast Michigan chapter of Pets for Vets and are collecting supplies …

After 30 years in the disaster recovery industry, Lance Thompson has plenty of tales to tell. A few are extreme – like making huge efforts to help clients through the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, tornados and fires. Most are born from more mundane, but considerably more common, issues like human error, maintenance issues or power outages. But they all come together to form the basis of Thompson’s message in an upcoming Online Tech ‘Tuesdays at 2’ educational seminar on December …

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