Lansing-based Arialink, Mid-Michigan’s largest fiber optic service provider, and the Center for Business Innovation, a provider of a wide range of IT services, last week announced a partnership to provide an innovative way to protect businesses from security threats and data loss.

The companies say the new collaboration offers Mid-Michigan companies private cloud computing direct connection and private access to data, applications and email.

This cloud offering is customized to meet company specific needs to achieve the functionality of a private data center. With fast, seamless, secure access to data, applications and email, customers no longer feel the pains of a slow shared connection and unsecure network. 

PCC allows companies to have a competitive edge by increasing security measures and complying with new information management regulations. With email encryption and protected data storage, companies get the speed they demand while meeting civil and legal data compliance standards.

“Companies are faced with three critical technology issues: Security, data loss, and compliance. Our partnership with Arialink provides companies with a Private Cloud Computing solution that helps resolve these issues,” said Douglas Horne, technology director at CBI. “Data is an essential part of a company. It is an asset, and considered their property. The loss of that property can destroy a company in a heartbeat. Whether it’s due to fire, flood or outsiders hacking their way into a company’s network — we have a way to keep that property safe.”

Added Arialink president Jason Schreiber: “Together, we take a standard, public cloud computing format and transform it into a private, customized cloud computing solution for our customer—and that customer only. In addition to the limitless bandwidth and speed of Arialink fiber, outsiders won’t have access to data and applications because it is securely housed at the CBI data center. Companies can now have a fast, direct, private connection to what is rightfully theirs.”

PCC ensures data protection by equipping companies with a data loss prevention strategy, proper backup procedures, and secured access to data and applications on any device, any where at any time. For more information on private cloud computing and the Arialink/CBI Partnership visit

Established in 2003, Arialink is Mid-Michigan’s largest provider of high speed fiber optic internet and phone service. With nearly 500 miles of fiber webbing the center of the state, Arialink offers speed-of-light service and direct fiber optic peering to major Internet hubs in Chicago and Washington DC. Learn more about Arialink at

CBI was founded in 1952 as part of an accounting firm, and today offers products and services from desktop and server management and support to managed print services and cloud computing to data loss prevention. CBI has five locations throughout Michigan, serving more than 4,000 companies. More at


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