Online Tech Adds 34,000 Square Feet with Metro Detroit Data Center

A view of Online Tech campus in the Detroit, MI region.

A view of Online Tech campus in the Detroit, MI region.

This article originally appeared on TheWHIR.

Web hosting provider Online Tech announced on Monday that it is renovating and building out a 34,000 square foot data center in metro Detroit. The company has made a $10M investment in infrastructure and will add 15 new jobs in the data center over the next five years to operate the facility.

The network switching facility was formerly occupied by Sprint-Nextel, and will feature 18,000 square feet of raised floor space.

Online Tech currently operates two data centers in Ann Arbor, and Flint, Mich., and the new facility will bring its total data center footprint to 100,000 square feet. It is the market leader in the Detroit Metro with the top market share in multi-tenant data center space in Michigan, according to 451 Research.

Recently, Online Tech expanded its Ann Arbor headquarters to meet its rapid growth after doubling its employee count to nearly 50 over the past 18 months.

“Our data centers deliver secure colocation and cloud hosting services to clients whose IT operations must comply with regulations like HIPAA, PCI and Sarbanes-Oxley. In the past, it has been a huge challenge for companies to find data centers with a core culture of security and regulatory compliance. Our data centers, including the new Metro Detroit Data Center, reflect our commitment to protecting our clients and their sensitive data,” Mike Klein, co-CEO of Online Tech said.

The Metro Detroit data center will feature fiber connectivity to eight different telecommunications providers and will support 1.2 MW of IT load.

Investments in healthcare startups are growing in Detroit and across the Midwest, and Online Tech’s infrastructure will be able to meet this demand with its security and regulatory compliance. Recently, Online Tech awarded $1,000 scholarships to students in information technology and healthcare IT at the University of Michigan.

“This new facility is a major milestone for Online Tech because it is our fourth data center and it brings us to an overall total of 100,000 square feet of gross data center space. This facility will allow us to serve the large Detroit market, where we see strong demand for the secure, compliant cloud and hosting services that only Online Tech offers, but our growth won’t stop there,” Yan Ness, co-CEO of Online Tech said. “We see similar opportunities for us in other markets in the Great Lakes region and the Midwest, and we expect to continue our growth strategy by expanding our portfolio of data centers into other cities in the near future.”

This article originally appeared on TheWHIR.

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