Online Tech Building New Michigan Data Center

Online Tech's fourth data center facility is located in Metro, Detroit, an area of growing business in a variety of industries.

Online Tech, a leading provider of data center colocation, cloud and managed services, plans to grow its service footprint with the addition of a fourth data center in Michigan. 

According to the company's website, Online Tech offers solutions for server management, security and standards compliance. The business's main focus is the enterprise sector, providing support for small and mid-sized companies in a variety of industries. Online Tech works to manage its clients' facility servers and infrastructure so that customers' IT personnel can concentrate on other important aspects within their organizations.

The company's newest data center, located in Westland of Wayne County, will be a 34,000-square-foot facility, bringing Online Tech's space footprint to 100,000 square feet in total. The organization is working with Carlson, a data center design and construction firm, to renovate and expand existing space of a network switching building formerly utilized by Sprint-Nextel.

The data center layout of the new facility will include 18,000 square feet of raised floor space as well as data center fiber optic cable connections to eight telecommunication providers. In total, the structure will be able to support 1.2 MW of IT workload. Additionally, Carlson will also overhaul and upgrade the building's front office space, power and cooling systems.

Online Tech and Carlson expect to complete construction and open the new facility in the second quarter of 2014.

Offering solutions for growing local industries 
Online Tech Co-CEO Mike Klein said the data center location in the metro sector of Detroit offers opportunities for further expansion as the area boasts several Fortune 500 companies and a rapidly growing community of healthcare, financial and retail organizations.

"Our investment of $10 [million] in infrastructure and 15 new jobs in this Metro Detroit data center will provide the critical IT infrastructure and services that growing Michigan companies need to sustain growth and credibility in the next few years," Klein said.

Furthermore, Klein said the company's facilities offer secure solutions for clients needing to comply with healthcare or financial services industry regulations and standards.

"In the past, it has been a huge challenge for companies to find data centers with a core culture of security and regulatory compliance," Klein said. "Our data centers, including the new Metro Detroit Data Center, reflect our commitment to protecting our clients and their sensitive data."

Online Tech Co-CEO Yan Ness said the company also identified similar market opportunities in the Great Lakes and Midwest regions and hope to continue company growth in these areas in the near future.