Online Tech aims to hit 100-employee mark by 2018

Online Tech is on track to hit some big numbers in the not-too-distant future. The biggest milestone might be the size of its staff within the next two years.

"We expect growth close to 30 percent a year," says Yan Ness, CEO of Online Tech. "In fact we expect that over the next three years. We expect to be at 100 people by 2018."

The Ann Arbor-based company runs data centers and specializes in providing software for cloud infrastructure for large companies. It has five data centers across the Midwest, including two in Ann Arbor, one in Flint, one in Westland, and another in Indianapolis. It also runs two cloud-computing infrastructures in mid Michigan Indianapolis.

The cloud infrastructures allow Online Tech’s clients to more safety and maneuverability for their IT needs. That way they can either back or switch their IT needs from one infrastructure or another with a few key strokes.

"A customer can run their applications in our cloud infrastructure in mid Michigan and a fail copy in Indianapolis," Ness says. "Or it could have two resilient copies in both infrastructures."

Online Tech also recently introduced a new product called disaster recovery as a service, which allows its customers to essentially back up their IT and data infrastructure in case of a system collapse or hacking. The idea is to help offer its clients a robust set of data center services that would take years of work and millions of dollars for clients to set up themselves.

"We now have IT infrastructure that rivals a Fortune 500 company," Ness says.

This has allowed Online Tech to continue to grow steadily in recent years. It had a top-line revenue growth of 25 percent last year and it expects to do that again this year. Online Tech also hired 23 people over the last year, expanding its staff to 68 employees. It is also looking to hire another three people in sales, digital campaign management, and software development.

Source: Yan Ness, CEO of Online Tech
Writer: Jon Zemke

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