Category Archives: Cloud Technologies

123Net Expands Fiber Network in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — 123Net, the Southfield-based provider of network solutions, announced an expansion of its metro fiber data hub in Grand Rapids and vicinity.

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ManagedWay Partners with Canada151, Expanding North American Services

TROY — ManagedWay, the Troy-based provider of telecommunications, cloud and colocation services, announced today that it has established a Point-of-Presence at the Canada151 Data Centers in Toronto, enabling fast, reliable service between the U.S. and Canada.

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Tech Firm Red Level Moves To Larger HQ In Novi

NOVI — The IT consulting firm Red Level is moving to a larger headquarters in Novi to accommodate the company’s rapid growth.

The move, taking place in January, will see Red Level moving from 6,500 square feet of leased space on Catherine Industrial Drive to an 18,000-square-foot, company-owned building at 40200 Grand River Avenue.

The company says that following renovation, the new space will boast a contemporary open floor plan, cutting edge collaboration areas and plenty of natural light – a welcoming work environment for the talented technology professionals the company attracts.

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Plex Study: Innovation Fueled by Connected Manufacturing

TROY — Cloud technologies are making it easier for manufacturers to meet changing customer demands, according to the 2016 Plex State of Manufacturing Technology survey.

The annual survey of nearly 200 manufacturing organizations finds many manufacturers also using cloud technologies to drive product innovation and improve operational efficiency.

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GR Software Firm Gets $8.6M In Capital

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids-based data center management software developer Blue Medora announced the close of an $8.6 million Series B funding round led by St. Louis-based Lewis & Clark Ventures.

Blue Medora’s existing investors — Palo Alto, Calif.-based VMware Inc., Ann Arbor-based eLab Ventures, and Grand Rapids-based Start Garden and Grand Angels, also supported the round, bringing Blue Medora’s total capital raised since its inception to $14.5 million.

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Online Tech Offers Lions Indy NFL Giveaway

ANN ARBOR — Online Tech Inc., based in Ann Arbor with data centers in Ann Arbor, Westland and Flint, opened its first data center outside Michigan in Indianapolis in 2014.

Now, the National Football League is giving Online Tech an opportunity to bring Detroit and Indianapolis together — for a football party.

The Lions open their 2016 NFL schedule Sunday, Sept. 11 at the Indianapolis Colts. And Online Tech — along with partners Adapture and Centrics IT — is offering a tailgate party and ticket contest to the game.

To enter to win tickets to the tailgate party and the game, visit

You won’t need to worry about transportation from the party to the game — Online Tech’s Indanapolis data center is across the street from Lucas Oil Stadium.

Online Tech is Michigan’s oldest private internet service provider, and offers a wide variety of managed services, including colocation, disaster recovery, data security, and more.

US Signal Sets Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery Summit Series

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids-based connectivity and managed services provider US Signal says it will host a series of Midwest Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Summit meetings this fall in Midwest cities.

The series of single day events will provide information on cloud-based business continuity and disaster recovery, data protection, and related topics, to help businesses optimize the reliability, availability and use of data and IT services within their organizations.

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GR’s US Signal, itopia Team Up to Accelerate Cloud Services

GRAND RAPIDS – US Signal, the Grand Rapids-based network and cloud hosting provider, announced a strategic alliance with cloud software developer Itopia Inc., based in Miami, Fla.

US Signal officials said the partnership provides managed service providers Itopia’s Cielo software, which automatically discovers all components of an on-premises IT environment, and then provisions and migrates them to the cloud 10 times faster than traditional approaches and at a lower price.

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New Ponemon Report Confirms IT Outsourcing Trend

TRAVERSE CITY — The IT research organization Ponemon Institute is out with a new survey confirming the trend of IT outsourcing to the cloud.

The survey was sponsored by CyrusOne (Nasdaq: CONE), the Dallas, Texas-based colocation services provider.

More than 600 IT operations, management and security professionals participated in the survey.

Among the reasons to outsource, 70 percent of respondents said their IT infrastructure is becoming increasingly difficult and complex to manage. Another 60 percent said outsourcing services improves companies’ ability to roll out new services quickly, while 55 percent said it’s too costly to operate their own data center.

In addition to being costly to operate, 69 percent of respondents rate the pain of managing data center operations as “severe.”

Respondents predicted that within two years, 52 percent of their business applications would be in the cloud or hosted — up 15 percent from the 37 percent of applications that are in the cloud today.

However, security concerns with the cloud persist — 45 percent of respondents said their in-house data center is less likely to experience a data breach than if they were using a cloud, managed hosting or colocation service. And 67 percent say diminished control over IT resources is the main concern with moving to outsourced services.

The average IT budget for respondents was $94 million. Among respondents, 32 percent of this budget is allocated to outsourced IT services, and this amount is expected to increase to 44 percent of the IT budget in two years.

“This comprehensive research report from Ponemon captures the key factors driving company decisions when seeking to effectively manage their data and IT infrastructure in an increasing digital world,” said Scott Brueggeman, chief marketing officer, CyrusOne. “The research provides valuable insight into the motivation behind the colocation decision-making process.”

As companies wrestle with managing the growing amount of sensitive and confidential data, as well as the potential risks of security breaches, the rationale for colocation and data center outsourcing services becomes compelling.

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Detroit Medical Center Adds Online Doctor Scheduling

DETROIT — The DMC Medical Group Monday introduced a new service from the digital health platform ZocDoc, designed to help patients more easily access DMC Medical Group physicians via online scheduling.

The hospital group said the new service makes online appointment making easier, with participating providers across family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, sports medicine, ear, nose and throat doctors, urology, bariatrics, pain management and cardiology.

DMC said additional physicians, specialties, and appointment availability will be added in the coming months.

To use this free service, patients visit Patients can then see doctors’ schedules in real time, along with qualifications, verified patient reviews, photos, and additional tools for selecting providers who best fit their needs. Patients choose an open timeslot and schedule their own appointment with a few clicks, eliminating time-consuming phone calls and allowing patients book appointments even when the office is closed.

The service also offers email and text reminders about upcoming appointments to help reduce no-shows.

Said Wayne O. Winney, senior regional director of physician operations for the DMC Medical Group: “ZocDoc is yet another way our patients can stay connected to their providers and take a more active role in their own healthcare.”

Often Detroit residents wait more than two weeks on average for medical appointments, according to a study by healthcare search and consulting firm Merritt Hawkins & Associates. However, the typical ZocDoc appointment takes place in just 24 hours. This is made possible by ZocDoc’s online marketplace that shows doctors’ real-time availability – including last-minute cancellations and no-shows – to patients who are seeking care.

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