Tag: data centers

There’s been a lot of buzz around the idea of Software Defined Everything, and it’s considered the next “big thing” in IT. Is your organization ready for the promises of a software-defined world? If not, what do you need to consider to be prepared? What is Software Defined Everything? It’s an overarching term that includes software-defined networking, (SDN) storage, (SDS) and data centers (SDDC). It is also called Software Defined Infrastructure or SDx (Software-Defined Anything). With the infrastructure virtualized and …

Online Tech CEO Yan Ness had the opportunity to speak at the IMN data center conference in Washington, D.C., on June 9-10. He was part of a Cloud Service Provider CEO panel, and answered questions on future growth areas, how to remain competitive in a market dominated by large players, and specializing geographically. What is Online Tech doing to remain competitive in today’s crowded market? Yan explained that it is Online Tech’s people who make the difference, citing his white-glove …

This month, we brought a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) online at our Mid-Michigan data center. We maintain an N+1 redundancy configuration there and with the rapid growth in the amount of data we were hosting, we brought another UPS online to help carry the load and maintain our redundancy. In order to make this a successful event, there was a lot that had to be done. There were four different vendors onsite to help bring the UPS online. This involved switching over …

You’ve decided to outsource your IT needs to a third-party provider. But who should you trust with your critical infrastructure and data? This article will give you some tips on what to look for in a secure hosting partner and provide you with a checklist of what you should expect to find when you take a tour of a potential data center. The data center provider you choose is more than just a building. You’ll be keeping the most valuable …

On Dec. 23, 2015 Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law tax-reform legislation that gives data centers in Michigan exemption on sales and use taxes. The tax breaks are contingent on the data center industry collectively creating 400 new jobs by 2022 and 1,000 by 2026. The law specifies the sale and use of data center equipment, and includes computers, servers, and routers, as well as any related equipment used to build a data center in Michigan. It does not include third-party equipment …

It amazes me how plentiful and important data has become to our lives. In the early 1990s, I co-founded a company that built a software product called WARE that tracked and analyzed workplace injury and illness information. WARE included critical data analytics to help with loss control, automated reporting required by Department of Labor regulations, electronic claim submission to the insurance carrier and automating many of the critical decisions required to properly report and track a case. The automated OSHA …

Online Tech’s Director of Product Management, Jason Yaeger, will be joining the 7×24 Exchange Southeast Michigan Chapter event, Data Center Design Concepts For Today…And Beyond in Livonia on Thursday, January 30th. Some of the questions this panel will answer: What factors need to be considered in designing or retrofitting a data center today? What has changed in the last decade that determines an optimal design or retrofit? What has been learned to make data centers more flexible for future needs? …

When a company decides to use a third party hosting provider instead of hosting in-house, it’s a big commitment, and a big change. A company should be comfortable trusting their provider, and confident that their data and applications are safe and secure. I interviewed Noah Wolff, Online Tech’s Project Manager, to learn more about his role in fostering the incredibly important client-provider relationship. In a nutshell, Noah says of his job, “I’m in charge of deployments. It’s my job to …

Anyone who has walked into an Online Tech data center has had the opportunity to note the care we put into keeping our centers clean, secure, and functional. With our new data center putting us over 100 thousand square feet of space, that’s a lot of facility to tend to every day. Lucky for us, we have Noah Wark, our Facilities Guru. I had a chance to sit down with Noah and get a better idea of the breadth of …

It’s official! We have a new data center in Metro Detroit. We’ll be opening another world-class facility where we can continue to keep data safe and secure. We’re excited about the long road ahead of us with this new Michigan data center facility; the building is incredibly well fortified and will provide additional options for our clients. But with all that’s ahead, I believe we can sometimes lose sight of just how much goes into getting where we are. I …

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