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Online Tech Bridges the Gap Between Colocation and Managed Dedicated Servers

January 28, 2010 by  

Web HostingANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – Analysts often divide the server hosting market into distinct buckets: colocation, dedicated servers, and cloud computing. The server hosting market is, in reality, a range of hybrid services and solutions – and users desire to leverage those services from a single data center operator. Online Tech’s newest service called OTManage™, is a hybrid solution that aims to fill the gap between colocation and managed dedicated servers.

OTManage delivers turnkey server management for colocated servers for a simple monthly fee, with the same level of service and support that clients receive with managed dedicated servers. It eliminates the hassle of day-to-day server management for colocated servers, freeing IT staff to focus on higher value-add matters than managing their servers on a day-to-day basis. OTManage includes: 24×7 monitoring, troubleshooting, remediation, unlimited technical support, hands & eyes, patch management, capacity monitoring and configuration support.


“Where some hosting providers see colocation and managed servers as an either-or scenario, we see the market as a spectrum of solutions” said Mike Klein, President of Online Tech. “OTManage addresses the gap between colocation and managed dedicated servers that many our clients have asked us to fill.”

With traditional colocation, the client makes the capital expenditure and manages the servers themselves. Dedicated servers deliver a hands-off solution where the infrastructure and servers are owned and managed by the data center operator. OTManage™ offers an interesting position in the middle – where the client owns their own equipment, but Online Tech racks, stacks, and fully manages the client’s servers for them.

According to IDC (International Data Corporation), the total cost of ownership (TCO) for a server is seven times the cost of the hardware and software combined and 60% of that cost is attributed to server management. Managed data center operators like Online Tech can more cost effectively manage servers and lower the server TCO because they share infrastructure, server hardware, and engineering expertise across hundreds of clients and thousands of servers.

With managed colocation, Online Tech delivers a turnkey colocation experience where colocated servers can be shipped directly to the data center, racked, stacked and fully managed without clients ever setting a foot in the data center. Online Tech continues to expand their focus to the national stage with this offering, leveraging the natural advantages of Michigan data centers to clients across the country. The cooler weather and low frequency of natural disasters makes Michigan an ideal location for data centers.

About Online Tech

Online Tech (www.onlinetech.com) is one of the Midwest’s Premier Managed Data Center Operators.  Online Tech helps companies manage their growing demand for data and computing capacity through its SAS 70 secure and reliable multi-tenant data centers. With a full range of managed colocation and managed dedicated server offerings, industry leaders trust Online Tech to insure their servers are always on, always online, and always safe.

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