Regulation-compliant cloud services provider Online Tech is expanding into Indianapolis with a $10 million data center investment, the company announced Wednesday. Online Tech has purchased the property for what will be a 44,000 square foot data center supporting a three megawatt electrical load.
The facility is connected to an extensive fiber optic network which will provide customers with choices among network providers.
Online Tech has experienced rapid growth, largely driven by serving businesses requiring compliance with regulations like HIPAA. The company expanded its Ann Arbor head office in August of 2013, and followed that with the announcement of a 34,000 square foot data center in metropolitan Detroit in November.
The Indianapolis facility will be the company’s first outside of Michigan, and will provide services to local businesses as well as benefitting existing customers with the disaster recovery and back up assurances of geographic separation.
“Indianapolis is the thirteenth largest city in the United States—even larger than San Francisco—and we believe its businesses are underserved by secure cloud computing providers,” said Mike Klein, Co-CEO of Online Tech. “The city’s large population of healthcare companies must ensure that all patient data remains safe and HIPAA compliant, which fits well with our healthcare IT focus and expertise. Indianapolis also has a growing community of financial, retail, e-commerce and software businesses. They will all benefit from having an enterprise-class, secure, compliant cloud right in Indiana.”
The new data center will be staffed by 25 permanent IT workers, and is expected to become operational in Q3.
Indianapolis was chosen after consideration of “the entire Great Lakes region” according to Co-CEO Yan Ness, and the company plans to eventually expand into other Great Lakes markets.