In mid-November, managed infrastructure provider Online Tech announced it was nearly ready to open its newest Michigan data center. The Detroit data center will represent the fifth facility for the company, which also operates three other Michigan data centers as well as an Indiana data center.
Online Tech purchased the structure, which was formerly utilized by Sprint-Nextel, and will invest a total of $10 million to redevelop the site. Once completed and officially open, the Detroit data center will feature a total of 18,000 square feet of raised floor space, 1.2 MW of critical load capacity and fiber connectivity to eight telecommunications providers. The carrier-neutral facility was also developed with industry standards in mind, and will provide services compliant with HIPAA, PCI, SOX and Safe Harbor.
The company selected the location in the Detroit suburb of Westland as a means to offer data center support to enterprises in the area, particularly those recovering from the recent economic crisis of 2008. Yan Ness, Online Tech co-CEO noted that the area has considerable potential.
"Our new data center brings crucial technology infrastructure to a city with an economic engine that is beginning to rumble," noted Ness. "Data centers are the indispensable infrastructure for today's U.S. companies in the same way that large factories were in the 20th century and railroads were in the 19th century."
Online Tech's new Detriot data center is scheduled to officially open Dec. 2, 2014.