"You can insure against a financial loss; you can't insure against a data loss," said Online Tech CEO Yan Ness.
Online Tech received a $20 million investment from News-Press & Gazette Company to build four additional data centers across the Midwest and continues to add staff to its three fully owned data centers and Ann Arbor headquarters.
Sandy not only knocked out power across the East Coast, but its damage also overwhelmed the backup plans at two major Manhattan data center buildings as well. Michigan, in comparison, is safer from natural disaster than any other state in the Continental U.S. Companies in flood-prone areas are looking more to the nation’s “North Coast” in the Midwest.
Massive flooding damaged several New York City data centers without a backup generator to power their server. Online Tech has backups for everything including double generators and batteries, even facilities on multiple power grids.
George Reese, Chief Technology Officer of enStratus, told The Huffington Post – another high-traffic website that experienced outages due to the storm – that companies choose data centers based on cost.
"In an ideal world, people select data centers based on their tolerance of natural disasters," Reese said. "In reality, real estate and power costs drive data center locations, with disasters being something you prepare for.”
Ness remembers past disasters like Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2003 blackout that impacted a third of the United States. Online Tech’s unique niche, straddling two national power grids, came into play then as business owners literally drove to the company with servers they needed to get back online.
Disaster Recovery Webinar Series
Online Tech is hosting a three-part series of interactive, educational disaster recovery webinars spanning several weeks in January and February 2013. This webinar series is ideal for any organization interested in IT disaster recovery and business continuity planning. In the first webinar, Online Tech Systems Support Manager and CISSP, Steve Aiello will cover an overview of business continuity and disaster recovery with real company examples as well as the benefits of developing a business continuity plan. Business Continuity in Lean Times will be held Tuesday, January 15 at 2 P.M. ET. Register for the full series online.
About Online Tech
Online Tech, Michigan’s largest managed data center is becoming the largest in the Midwest, expanding into at least four new markets. The “Fort Knox’’ for data is known for complete redundancy - “backups for everything” - from multiple back-up generators and backup systems to locations straddling two power grids and even two CEOs.