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THE CHALLENGE Develop a personalized data center solution with a like-minded partner. United Bank & Trust, an Ann Arbor, Michigan-based bank, was founded on a desire to help its neighbors make the best financial decisions for their personal and business needs, all the while keeping their money working for the community in which they live. Everyone from homebuyers to businesses to college-bound students have been turning to the bank for the past 120 years to help bring dreams to life. …

Michigan Data Centers Offer Minimal Earthquake Risks This week we take a look at what geographical U.S. regions contain high earthquake risks. Earthquakes are unlike other natural disasters such as tornadoes or hurricanes because they can not be predicted. However, scientists can estimate their probability of occurring by looking at historical data.  Thousands of quakes occur in the United States each year but most are too small to offer a strong impact. According to FEMA, 38 states have moderate to …

This week I will be focusing on one of the most destructive natural disasters – hurricanes.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted that 2013 will be an “active or extremely active” hurricane season with a 70 percent chance of 13-20 “named storms” in the Atlantic. Hurricane High Risk Locations Hurricanes are large, spiraling tropical storms that can reach up to 160 miles per hour and unleash more than 2.4 trillion gallons of rain a day.  In the Atlantic, …

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 …

In March, managed Michigan data center operator Online Tech attended the 2013 Governor’s Economic Summit in Detroit, Michigan to collaborate with other state leaders in order to develop solutions to address the state’s employer talent needs. A few fast facts about the growing IT industry in Michigan: Despite major job reductions in many Michigan industries as a result of the recent recession, the number of IT firms and jobs expanded from 2005-2009. IT jobs grew at a five percent growth …

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