10-14-08 | Blog Post

Michigan Data Center: Consider The Location

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Location is a key factor in selecting a Michigan data center

When considering a data center the real estate adage “location, location, location” certainly plays an important factor. Many IT executives want a Michigan data center that is within reasonable distance from the office so they are able to conveniently attend to their colocation. Convenient traveling is not the only reason location has a major influence on choosing a Michigan data center, however. Finding a Michigan data center that utilizes a separate power grid than your primary data center is also important. As well, choosing a data center that resides in a separate geographic location is also important. Online Technologies’ three Michigan data centers meet all of the necessary location demands.

Online Tech offers two Michigan data centers serving Midwest and the Great Lakes region. With Michigan data centers located in Ann Arbor and Flint, Online Tech’s facilities are conveniently located close to many major Michigan cities, such as Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Lansing, and obviously, Ann Arbor and Flint.

In addition to residing in convenient locations, Each Online Tech Michigan data center resides in a separate power grid. While the Ann Arbor data center utilizes power from Detroit Edison’s power grid, the Mid Michigan data center resides in Consumers Energy’s grid. If one utility company is experiencing a major issue—such as the Blackout of 2003—Online Tech’s Michigan data centers are still operational through the other utility provider (it’s important to note, however, that all of our Michigan data centers are equipped with UPS battery backup and generators to survive and data center power outage).

The geographic separation between each Michigan data center not only provides the advantage of separate power grids, but it also provides a separation from devastating weather or other geographically isolated disaster. If your business’ disaster recovery equipment is located in Online Tech’s Flint Michigan data center, and a weather disaster, such as a tornado, causes your business to experience a loss of mission-critical data, your business can be back up and running in no time.

Just as you would when buying your home, when your business is considering a data center, consider the location. Online Tech’s Michigan data centers offer convenient location from major cities in the Great Lakes region, separate power grids, and geographic separation.

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