The build-out encompassed additional network capacity, specialized air conditioning systems, power transformers and uninterruptible power supplies that will boost capacity and connectivity in Ann Arbor. The build-out will accelerate OTC’s growth of existing services by providing additional capacity and also by enabling a new tape-less backup service.
Driving the demand for additional capacity is the explosive growth of Southeast Michigan’s burgeoning high-tech community.
“The local economic development activity is paying off. We’re seeing a surge in demand in this region from the areas growing internet based companies.” said Ty Myers, Vice President of Sales. “The nature of Internet companies is that they play on a global arena and so they require world-class infrastructure. OTC, as a local provider with industrial strength offerings, is a strategic advantage to them.”
"Online Technologies' major expansion is one more success story coming out of the Ann Arbor region and Michigan. They support and are joined by over 40 innovative, technology-based companies which have relocated, expanded and started in our area within the last 5 years”, said Michael A. Finney, CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “The Ann Arbor region has created an economic climate that is establishing Michigan as the location for tech savvy companies.”
The build-out includes new, more environmentally-friendly air-conditioning systems that use natural air during the winter months. Additional network and storage infrastructure for a tape-less backup service between OTC’s data centers was also included in the build-out. OTC’s tape-less backup offering will allow customers in one data center to backup their systems through OTC’s private network to another data center. This will provide OTC customers cost-effective offsite backup for extremely large amounts of data with no tape and no human intervention.
“This infrastructure investment lays the groundwork for the significant growth we project in 2007,” said Yan Ness, President and CEO.
“Since OTC’s founding more than 12 years ago, OTC has remained committed to continuously improving our infrastructure with new innovations and new capacity, all based on customer input, customers’ needs, and industry best practices,” said Dale Adkins, VP client service and operations. “These upgrades are another demonstration of our leadership.”
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Representing all communities in Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is the driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor region as a destination for business expansion, retention, and location by identifying and meeting the needs of business at every stage, from startups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor partners including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, the Herbert and Grace Dow Foundation, Pfizer, Washtenaw County, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, visit www.AnnArborSPARK.org.