05-23-08 | Blog Post

Online Technologies Opens New Michigan Data Center

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ANN ARBOR, MIOnline Tech announces the opening of its newest data center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The 10,500 square foot data center is located in Avis Farms, a technology park south of Ann Arbor.  The Avis Data Center will house its growing colocation, dedicated server and managed service product lines sold to small and mid-sized businesses in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.

The new data center is designed for high availability applications that need to be always-on and always connected to the Internet.  Customers can select redundant power and network options to their computer systems.  Because the data center has dual power generators and redundant uninterruptable power supplies (UPS), there is no single point of failure in the power delivered to a customer’s equipment.

The network infrastructure offers similar high availability with two dedicated gigabit fiber connections between the Avis Data Center and Online Technologies’ other data centers in downtown Ann Arbor and Flint Township.  The network has a redundant Cisco network architecture and is connected to multiple Tier1 Internet suppliers.  Built-in failover across the network and Internet providers eliminates any single point of failure in the Internet delivery.

With the addition of its third corporate-owned data center, Online Technologies has a unique advancategorye with its multiple data centers dispersed across southeast Michigan.  With a common network infrastructure, the three data centers are knit together into one “virtual data center.”  This gives clients the ability to locate their primary data center in one of Online Technologies’ sites and their disaster recovery equipment in a separate data center separated by 50 miles and different power grids, yet function as if they were in the same data center.

“We take a long term view towards the data center market and see this as an ideal time to bring additional capacity online. The current economic environment provides us the opportunity to gain significant cost advancategoryes through acquisitions that can last the next decade” said Bob Palmerton, Chief Financial Officer.

Online Technologies’ operations include data centers in downtown Ann Arbor and in Flint Township. With addition of the Avis Data Center, Online Technologies has grown from a single 800 square foot data center in 2003 to four data centers with a combined total of more than 40,000 square feet. OTC also leases data center space from a partner in Southfield for its clients requiring service closer to the Detroit area.

For more information, contact Online Tech at 734-213-2020

Online Tech (www.onlinetech.com) is Michigan’s Fort Knox for computing and data.  Our secure, highly reliable data centers provide the infrastructure to ensure our clients’ computers are always on; their data is always safe, and they are always connected to the Internet.

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