Data center Online Tech continues expansion, doubling Ann Arbor office space
Online Tech has been around for nearly two decades, but the past year and a quarter have been unlike any other period in the company’s history.
In the span of 15 months, the company has attracted a $20 million investment, doubled in size to 50 employees and consolidated into a 10,000-square-foot headquarters in the Burlington Office Center on Eisenhower Parkway.
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The data-center operator has two facilities in Avis Park in Pittsfield Township just south of Ann Arbor and one Flint. The company’s high-tech buildings house servers for businesses and act as a home for private “cloud” Internet storage.
Co-CEO Mike Klein previously told AnnArbor.com that the data storage business comes down to reliability and security. Every function at the company’s facilities is “backed up,” often multiple times.
Online Tech has also placed a premium on being certified as secure for HIPAA, which regulates medical patient confidentiality.
“A lot of our growth is nationally in the health care space and retail and financial segments, driven by the compliance that we’re focused on,” Klein said in a statement.
“Our theme of compliance and mission critical applications has taken a toehold not only in Michigan, where we currently have a physical presence, but across the country.”
The plan is for the company’s physical presence to follow its theme in establishing toeholds across the country, starting with the Midwest. The $20 million investment from the St. Louis-based News-Press & Gazette Company is expected to result in the opening of four new data centers in Midwestern markets over the next two years.
As the company plans to expand its footprint, the broader business world is taking notice. In May, Klein’s co-CEO Yan Ness was one of three Ann Arbor-area CEOs to be named as a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region.
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The walls of the new offices are covered in IdeaPaint, which makes every surface a dry-erase ‘board’ that can be used for brainstorming.
“We really have a facility that supports our culture and business mission,” human resources director Deb Webster said in a statement. “We really incorporated our culture of collaboration in the renovation.”
The new offices will bring the company’s product development, sales, administrative and corporate teams together under one roof while allowing for continued expansion. As part of the deal with Oxford, Online Tech will grow the office to approximately 13,000 square feet in coming years, likely meaning further new hires.
Webster said that the positions the company is currently looking to hire include a senior infrastructure engineer, network and software engineers and administrators for Linux and Windows. All of the positions require at least three years of professional experience.
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