12-29-14 | Blog Post

Football fever comes to Online Tech; Indianapolis data center hosting special playoff tailgate event

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Football is a pretty hot topic around our water coolers this morning. How about yours?

In Ann Arbor, home of our corporate headquarters and two data centers, the town is buzzing about the widely-reported hiring of Jim Harbaugh as coach at the University of Michigan – the alma mater of our co-CEO, Yan Ness.

Plus, everybody in Michigan has a slight case of Detroit Lions fever. Particularly over at our Metro Detroit Data Center, which is located just 15 miles from the Lions’ practice facility and 25 miles from Ford Field. The Lions, of course, made the NFL playoffs for just the second time in 15 years and travel to Dallas to face the Cowboys on Sunday. Go Lions!

But nowhere is the excitement more palpable than at our Indiana Data Center, which is located in the shadows of Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, where the Colts will host the Cincinnati Bengals in a 1 p.m. playoff game on Sunday.

In fact, the location is so prime for football fans that we decided to capitalize on it by hosting an invitation-only tailgate event in our parking lot beginning three hours prior to kickoff. Oh … and did we mention those invitations will come with two tickets to the game? Yes, indeed. Plus some great food and drink. It’ll be a great day.

Go Blue! Go Honolulu Blue! Go Royal Blue!

(Now, let’s break up those water cooler talks and get back to work!)


It’s not all fun and games at our data centers. There’s some serious learning on tap, too!

We have half-day business continuity and disaster recovery workshops scheduled at our Indianapolis Data Center (Thursday, Jan. 22) and our Metro Detroit Data Center (Thursday, Feb. 19). Attendance at both workshops is limited to 50, so register now!

Lance Thompson of Baseline Data Services, Steven Aiello of Chicago-based IT consulting firm AHEAD, and Online Tech Director of Infrastructure Nick Lumsden will lead the workshop, which includes:

  • 8a.m.: Breakfast, networking and check-in
  • 9a.m.: Hands-on Business Continuity Planning
  • 10a.m.: IT Disaster Recovery Architecture Options: 3 Real Scenarios
  • 11a.m.: Real Life Disaster Recovery: Precious Vicarious Lessons

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