Pittsfield township-based Online Tech expands into Metro Detroit with a $10 million facility

Pittsfield Township-based Online Tech is nearing completion of its multimillion-dollar, 34,000-square-foot data center in Westland, and has set an opening date of Aug. 1.

The new Westland data center will provide Online Tech clients in the Metro Detroit region a closer home for their IT infrastructure, the company said. It will also meet the security and compliance demands of those businesses.

“Detroit’s potential is immense. Our new data center brings crucial technology infrastructure to a city with an economic engine that is beginning to rumble,” Yan Ness, co-CEO of Online Tech, said in a statement.

“Data centers are the indispensable infrastructure for today’s U.S. companies in the same way that large factories were in the 20th century, and railroads were in the 19th century.”

The $10 million Westland facility is one of five in Online Tech’s portfolio of Midwest data centers. This includes the recently announced Indianapolis data center along with an office in Flint and two in Pittsfield Township.

“Everyone in Michigan knows the exciting story that is emerging, but Detroit has been under the radar nationally,” said Mike Klein, Online Tech’s other co-CEO.

“With smart people like Dan Gilbert making major investments in a wide range of local technology businesses, there is now a vibrant community of startups in Detroit that rivals anywhere in the country.”

Like its other data centers, the Westland location will supply Online Tech’s including HIPAA, PCI, SOX and Safe Harbor services.

“Companies in healthcare, e-commerce and financial services need data centers designed to support the increasingly complex balance of technical, compliance and security demands,” Klein said.

“That is where our secure, compliant data centers come in. Designed specifically for these types of businesses, our Metro Detroit data center will give them a boost as they shift growth into higher gears.”

The president of Carlson, the general contractor for the Westland site, said the new center will be “a world-class data center (for) Metro Detroit that immediately makes the city better prepared for the 21st century economy.”

He added: “It will be a major growth engine for the region.”

Online Tech houses servers and cloud computing for a number of clients in the Midwest and across the country.


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