ANN ARBOR — Michigan’s pioneering Internet service provider, now an advanced hosting provider, Online Tech Inc., has opened its first data center outside its home state.
Online Tech has completed a large new data center in downotwn
Indianapolis, its fifth center overall, and officially opened it for business Wednesday.
Company officials said the new data center improves the geographic
diversity of its backup and disaster recovery operations. The decision to open the new center, they said, was driven by strong demand for its specialized hosting and cloud services for companies and institutions that must comply with data regulations under federal laws and corporate standards like HIPAA, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Payment Card Industry standards, and others.
Online Tech has also signed its first customer in Indianapolis,
Baseline Data Services, a Plainfield, Ind.-based provider of offsite disaster recovery services.
“As we were evaluating sites to expand our colocation options, we quickly learned that Online Tech is the only operator in the state that takes security and compliance as seriously as we do,” said Lance Thompson, founder and president of Baseline.
The company says the 44,000-square-foot center represents a $10 million investment. The new data center will also create up to 25 permanent jobs for local IT, sales and data center professionals.
“We saw a gap in secure cloud and data center infrastructure serving Indiana,” said Mike Klein, co-CEO of Online Tech. “Our culture of compliance drives us to invest in annual, independent audits of how we protect the most sensitive financial, health and personal information. It’s not a checkbox for us, and our clients appreciate that we provide our complete audit documentation to help address their own requirements.”
Yan Ness, Online Tech’s co-CEO, added that sleep is the greatest
gift Online Tech can give to its customers. “At the end of the day, our
clients must feel confident that their IT systems are safe with us. It is
our goal to give them peace of mind, and ultimately better sleep, by
easing their concerns about having their systems stranded or
compromised. We focus on security, compliance and resilience so
our customers can put more focus on their own clients.”
There will be an Open House at the new data center on Thursday,
Oct. 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. Individuals from businesses interested in learning more about the new data center and Online Tech, taking a tour and learning from experts about security, compliance and more are invited to attend. For additional information about the Open House, and to register to attend, go to
Online Tech has three data centers in the Ann Arbor area and another outside Flint.