GAINES TWP. – The Las Vegas, Nev.-based data storage giant Switch said Thursday that it has opened its West Michigan campus in the iconic pyramid building that once housed the headquarters of Steelcase Inc.
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 http://web.onlinetech.com/tailgate-with-online-tech-mitechnews.
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.
TROY — ManagedWay, a Troy-based provider of cloud computing, fiber optic internet and colocation services, has announced that it had completed the SOC 2 Type II audit, a rigorous third-party review of the company’s security, software, people, procedures and infrastructure.
SOC (Service Organizatdion Controls) Type 2 certification focuses on an organization’s non-financial reporting controls as they relate to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and the privacy of a system, as opposed to SOC 1, which focuses on financial reporting controls.
TROY — ManagedWay, a provider of cloud computing, fiber optic internet, and colocation services, has opened a new data center in Troy.
The company says the new, 45,000-square-foot data center incorporates the latest advancements for business reliability, security, and efficiency.
ANN ARBOR — Online Tech Inc., the Ann Arbor-based managed services provider, this week introduced a new business continuity service called OT Disaster Recovery as a Service.
Online Tech says the new product offers shorter recovery point objectives and recovery time objectives for clients that are now measured in minutes, versus previous recovery times of hours to days.
“Disaster recovery has been a thorny hurdle throughout most of my career running large-scale enterprise infrastructure,” said Nick Lumsden, Online Tech’s vice president of technology and product strategy. “Cold sites can take too long for critical applications. Hot sites can increase costs by two to three times the capital and operating expenditure of the primary site. And warm failover has historically been very difficult to orchestrate. That’s why we are so excited about our new DRaaS offering — it makes having a warm recovery site so easy for our clients to use.”
As an added service to Online Tech’s existing backup offering, OT DRaaS offers better control of testing and recovery practices through test alerts and the monitoring of results, improving recovery practices and compliance testing. In addition to access and analytics, they will also greatly benefit from better integration into their client portal, providing additional control in testing environments and clearer insights into their servers and recovery.
Said Yan Ness, CEO of Online Tech: “Instead of just cold site offering, we now can combine our two cloud locations and dozens of managed services for any client to offer warm and, eventually, hot DR. We will be making DR as easy as offsite backup with failover measured in minutes, not hours.”
Visit http://www.onlinetech.com/products/disaster-recovery-as-a-service for more information.
Online Tech operates five data centers in Michigan and Indiana that have passed independent HIPAA, PCI, SOC 2 and Safe Harbor audits.
LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas, Nev. data center operator said Thursday that its massive planned data center near Grand Rapids would be powered 100 percent by renewable energy.
Switch said it had already begun working with the local utility, Consumers Energy, to supply its 2-million-square-foot SUPERNAP data center in Gaines Township with green power. The company confirmed its plans to turn the former Steelcase Corp. headquarters “pyramid” into a huge data center last month, after the passage of state tax incentives.
Garrick Rochow, Consumers Energy vice president and chief customer officer, said in a statement that the utility would “partner with Switch to make the largest data center in the eastern U.S. the greenest.”
SOUTHFIELD — The beating heart of the electric grid. The world’s most advanced automotive powertrain laboratory. A $700 million investment in the world’s most advanced nuclear science. And a look at the guts of the Internet.
It’s all on tap for members of The Engineering Society of Detroit in the first two months of 2016, as ESD kicks off the New Year with four terrific members-only tours.
The tour calendar begins Thursday, Jan. 14 with a tour of the ITC Holdings Corp. Operations Control Room in Novi.
Come and see the control room that monitors the electric grid for millions of Americans — and learn about ITC’s efforts to make the electric grid more reliable, safe, secure and flexible.
The Operations Control Room (OCR) is the heartbeat of ITC’s operations. It has employees working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure the ITC systems in Michigan, the Midwest and the Great Plains are maintained and operated safely and reliably. Each employee station in the OCR has a monitor dedicated to the local news and weather to understand what’s happening in their respective regions.
The tour begins at 2 p.m. with registration and networking, with the tour from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The tour will begin in the south auditorium of ITC Holdings, 27175 Energy Way in Novi.
Next, on Thursday, Jan. 21, it’s a tour of the General Motors Co. powertrain research and development laboratory in Pontiac.
See the laboratory that produces some of the world’s most advanced automotive powertrains on this exclusive tour. It begins with registration at 1:30 p.m. and the tour from 2 ro 4 p.m.
Next, on Thursday, Feb. 4, it’s an inside peek at the newest research center at the nation’s No. 1 school for nuclear physics, Michigan State University — the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams.
ESD toured Michigan State University’s Cyclotron Laboratory last winter. Now, after a year of construction work, we’ll be looking at its replacement – the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a $730 million center for national nuclear physics research. Wear sturdy shoes and cold-weather gear — this is a hard-hat tour of construction as much as 40 feet underground through huge concrete chambers, where atomic nuclei will be accelerated to half the speed of light for nuclear research beginning in 2022. Tour is limited to 20 people.
The tour begins with registration at 2:30 p.m. with the tour from 3 to 4 p.m. The FRIB is located at 640 S. Shaw Lane in East Lansing.
Particle accelerators are among the highest forms of high-tech. They use magnets and high voltage to accelerate atoms close to the speed of light, and force them into collisions with a variety of materials and other particles. The resulting debris can produce clues to conditions of the early universe, shortly after the Big Bang. Accelerators also produce rare isotopes that are extremely valuable in medical imaging and other experimentation.
Due to national regulations, there are restrictions on the tour for citizens of Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria; contact ESD for details.
Finally, on Wednesday, Feb. 17, ESD will tour the data center of connectivity provider 123.Net at 24700 Northwestern Highway in Southfield.
This tour begins with registration at 3 p.m., with the tour running from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Despite all the conversation about “virtualization,” the internet is, in fact, a very tangible thing. At 123.Net, participants will see one of the state’s most connected buildings, a place where a massive data center connects to a state-wide fiber network and numerous wireless Points of Presence. The building is also home to the Detroit Internet Exchange, and sits on top of Michigan’s most connected intersection — M-10 (the Lodge Freeway), 10 Mile Road and Evergreen Road.
All ESD tours are members only. The cost of each tour is $25 for ESD members; non-members can join ESD for $75 (a 25% discount) and attend the tour for free. (This offer is for new, first-time members only.)
To register, visit the events section of http://www.esd.org, or call (248) 353-0735, ext. 222, to register by phone.
SOUTHFIELD — The M2 TechCast is celebrating its 15th episode with a special year-in-review edition Monday afternoon.
You can listen to the Michigan tech news podcast live on the internet at 3 p.m. Eastern time at http://www.podcastdetroit.com.
Scheduled guests on the Dec. 21 show include:
* Cyber security experts Dan Lohrmann and Richard Stiennon, who will take a look at the biggest cyber attacks of 2015 and conjecture on what cybersecurity threats might await businesses, governments and consumers in 2016.
* Max Muncey from the Detroit Auto Dealers Association, who will talk about the new website and mobile apps available for the nearly one million people who are expected to visit the North American International Auto Show in January.
* Online Tech Inc. CEO Yan Ness, and head of the Michigan Data Center Alliance, who will share his views on the tax breaks given this week to Las Vegas-based Switch to woo them to Michigan where the company plans to convert a former Steelcase building in suburban Grand Rapids into a $5 billion data center.
The M2 TechCast is part of the Podcast Detroit family of more than 30 podcasts, produced locally at the Podcast Detroit studios in Ferndale. Those studios were established by the founders of the IT in the D podcast, David Phillips and Bob Waltenspiel.
The show is hosted by Mike Brennan, owner of Michigan Technology News and its tech news website, http://www.mitechnews.com, and Matt Roush, director of communications and public relations at The Engineering Society of Detroit, and managing editor of its tech news website, http://www.techcentury.com, and the quarterly print magazine TechCentury, published by ESD since 1939.
SOUTHFIELD — ManagedWay, a Southfield-based cloud services provider, announced that it has acquired Waveform Technology LLC, a Troy-based provider of data center and internet products and services.
Waveform is a 24-year-old company that provides high bandwidth Internet services and data transport to businesses in southeast Michigan, over more than 400 miles of proprietary fiber.
“We’ve known and respected Waveform as a competitor for years and we’re thrilled to take them on now as a partner,” said ManagedWay president and CEO Robert Sanders. “The combination of our two companies will give us significant leverage in the market. We’re looking forward to creating some meaningful economies of scale for the larger organization.”
Waveform’s technical assets, administrative processes, and all staff will be immediately integrated with ManagedWay. The new company will retain the ManagedWay name and become a provider of data center services including colocation, and public and private clouds.
ManagedWay, founded by Sanders more than a dozen years ago, offers managed hosting to some of the region’s most technically sophisticated IT firms. The company operates multiple data centers in Southfield and suburban Grand Rapids, in addition to the Waveform facilities that are part of this acquisition.
“The partnership with ManagedWay is the culmination of our efforts over the past 15 years and moves us to the next level in terms of technological sophistication and market outreach,” said Waveform COO Bill Wichers. “It will help us enhance the value of our services to current and future clients.”
Sanders noted that ManagedWay is continuously looking for opportunities to enhance its network and client base through investment, partnerships and acquisitions. “ManagedWay was among the founding partners of the Detroit Internet Exchange because we saw an opportunity to reduce costs and improve speed through peering.”
More at http://www.managedway.com.
WESTLAND — The Ann Arbor data center provider Online Tech Inc. formally opened its newest data center in Westland with a party Wednesday afternoon.
In this edition of the ESD Podcast, Matt Roush, ESD Director of Communications and Public Relations, speaks with Ness about the data center and Online Tech’s business.