Online Tech, Lifeline Expand Indiana Data Center Service Footprints

Online Tech and Lifeline Data Centers announce plans to expand their Indiana data center footprints. Currently, Lifeline is working to launch its Fort Wayne, Indiana data center and Online Tech recently acquired a facility in Indianapolis.

Online Tech’s Indiana Data Center Acquisition
Online Tech will invest over $10 million in the Indiana data center project, which includes the purchase of the property as well as facility upgrades. Once renovations are complete, the structure will be poised to deliver Online Tech’s full offerings, including safe and compliant cloud platform support and data center colocation services aimed at the healthcare, financial retail and enterprise industries.

The Indianapolis structure is a 44,000 square foot data center which Online Tech hopes to have online by the third quarter of 2014. In addition to reworking the facility to make it suitable for computing purposes, the company will also establish as many as 25 new employment opportunities in the Indianapolis area.

The acquisition of this facility makes five data centers for Online Tech, which boasts more than 100,000 square feet in its four Michigan data centers. The company also planned its data center locations strategically to ensure at least 300 miles between each for disaster recovery best practices, providing resources for clients needing business continuity across different states.

Online Tech Co-CEO Mike Klein noted that Indianapolis has a growing need for data center services and the market is currently being underserved. These clients will benefit from increased colocation providers in the region, especially those within the healthcare, financial, retail, software and e-commerce sectors.

Lifeline’s Fort Wayne Data Center
Toward the beginning of April, Lifeline Data Centers went public with plans to open a new Tier 4 Indiana data center. Currently, the data center design of the new facility meets or exceeds industry guidelines for reliability and uptime, and Lifeline founders Richard Banta and Alex Carroll noted that the structure’s specifications “far exceed the already high standards of a Tier 4 data center.”

In order to qualify for Tier 4 certification, a facility must include all the specifications of Tier 1, 2, and 3 data centers, as well as have fully fault-tolerant and completely redundant components. This will allow the data center to guarantee 99.995 percent availability. In the case of Lifeline’s Indiana data center, the structure will boast redundant security, cooling, power, storage infrastructure and network links.

Additionally, the Fort Wayne data center will cater to the needs of clients in a range of different industries, including those in the enterprise, healthcare, government and education sectors. The structure will also be compliant with a number of industry specifications, including PCI/DSS, SSAE 16, HIPAA and FDA.

Carroll noted that there has been an increasing amount of data center activity in the Indiana market and Lifeline’s new facility will provide resources for organizations looking to relocate to the area or boost their existing capacity. Furthermore, Lifeline’s expansion is by no means the end of growth patterns in the Indiana data center market.

“Other telecom companies and technology providers are planning to follow Lifeline into the Fort Wayne market, thereby bringing an entire ecosystem of new carriers and technology providers to this community,” Banta said.

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