Tag: IT operations

Sometimes it seems so obvious after the fact.  That’s the case when we started using social media tools to improve customer support in our managed data center business. Online Tech is fairly active in the social media world when it comes to marketing our managed servers and colocation products to make sure the world knows who we are, what we do, and to inject our opinions and viewpoints from time to time. But the breakthrough came from a new tool …

One of the big takeaways from the cloud computing hype over the last year is that everyone wants to do more with less. Keeping your IT infrastructure in-house no longer makes sense from a cost perspective. The cloud computing media coverage certainly has emphasized this. One of the main advantages of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) companies, like Online Tech, is that they are enabling a wide variety of companies to run their businesses without the capital expenditures that go along with traditional …

Why Colocation?

Posted on May 14, 2009 by

How to managed IT demands efficiently As the demands on IT increase, managing the expertise and resources required to support the entire IT delivery stack is becoming more difficult and more expensive for many mid-size firms. Many firms are finding that colocation offers an attractive alternative – outsourcing the data center infrastructure to experts that can provide higher levels of uptime at the same time keeping the mission critical knowledge of their data and business applications inside the company. Colocation …

Surviving a SAS-70 Audit

Posted on May 11, 2009 by

Online Tech and UHY team up for a repeat performance on How to Survive a SAS-70 Audit You Don’t Need to Fight the SAS-70 Audit Online Tech & UHY have partnered for a seminar for CIOs and IT Directors of publicly held companies or firms servicing publicly held companies on how to survive a SAS-70 Audit. SAS-70 is a nationally recognized audit standard for evaluating process and security control procedures across the data center. A SAS-70 audit is done by …

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 …

Odds of data center disruptions increase as budgets get cut AFCOM (The Association for Computer Operations Management) found that nearly half of the data center managers they surveyed expected cutbacks and believed that disruptions were possible because of the cost-cutting and reduced investments in security, reports ComputerWorld. Data center managers are worried that the recession will have a big impact on their operations. They are also concerned that the costs of power and cooling will put pressure on their data …

Data Center Predictions Updated to Reflect Impact of Today’s Economy This year’s bi-annual AFCOM Data Center World® 2009 at the Paris Hotel & Convention Center in Las Vegas brought together approximately 800 data center professionals under one roof to share insights, educate one another, showcase new technologies and talk about the things that really matter to them while running what some refer to as the “lifeline” of their companies – the data center. During the conference, board members that sit …

Gartner Says 50 Percent of Data Centers Will Have Insufficient Power and Cooling Capacity by 2008 STAMFORD, Conn., November 29, 2006 — Organizations are increasingly deploying more computing power, but, by 2008, 50 percent of current data centers will have insufficient power and cooling capacity to meet the demands of high-density equipment, according to Gartner, Inc. Two years ago, Gartner made the above shocking prediction … then it turned out to be true. CIOs and IT Managers are maxing out …

Online Tech exemplifies Growth of Data Center Industry in Michigan Michigan Business Review (see link to original article below) Reprinted article by Sven Gustafson Related Coverage: Online Tech’s Yan Ness says Michigan is Cool. The trend toward outsourcing the hosting and management of business-critical IT functions is adding up to big business for Michigan companies that operate data centers. And Ann Arbor-based Online Tech Inc. said it added 10,000 square feet of data center space in 2008 with a third …

NEW on Helping Michigan Nonprofits

Posted on February 11, 2009 by

Online Tech works with NEW to save costs on IT for nonprofits Linh Song, the Director of npServ at the NEW center, sat down with Online Tech to answer a few questions about how they are helping out Michigan Non-Profits. Question 1) Can you tell us about NEW and your npServ program? NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work) was created in 1993 to manage the NEW Center, a facility that provides affordable office space and shared office equipment for nonprofits. The …

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