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Online Tech’s Managed Cloud Offers High Availability to E-Commerce Retailer

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ANN ARBOR — Uniform Country, an e-commerce retailer of medical scrubs, has joined the growing trend of online merchants hosting their storefronts on a managed cloud by selecting Michigan-based managed data center operator Online Tech to host their online retail website and database.

Online Tech’s Managed Cloud Platform is designed to assure 100 percent uptime with enterprise level VMware and high availability hosts, network and managed storage, as opposed to most public clouds which are designed to minimize hardware, storage and virtualization costs. This high availability was exactly what Dale Morrison, owner of Uniform Country, needed for his popular retail Web site.

During the past year, Morrison’s search for a new hosting provider put him in the direction of cloud computing. He found that hosting his site on a managed cloud would offer the high availability and high redundancy his online storefront demanded.

“A retail website is always open, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” Morrison said. “If our Web site was down, it would be very hard to put a price tag on how much sales and customers we would lose.”

Uniform Country’s website is hosted on Online Tech’s managed cloud servers which run VMware Enterprise edition on a fully redundant, high availability Dell server infrastructure with EqualLogic SANs in a RAID10 configuration and redundant Fortinet firewalls.

Based in Roanoke, Va., Uniform Country also looked to a managed cloud host provider to lower their risks caused by natural disasters like hurricanes. Online Tech’s Michigan data centers are situated in the ideal location for year-round safe and secure hosting. Michigan has an extremely low risk of all types of natural disasters — second only to Alaska for the fewest such major disasters from 1998 to 2009.

Online Tech’s SSAE 16-compliant, SAS 70-certified data centers offer colocation, managed dedicated servers, private cloud hosting and disaster recovery that meets the requirements of industry standards like PCI for payment cards, HIPAA for health care and SOX for publicly traded companies. More at www.onlinetech.com.

More about Uniform Country at www.uniformcountry.com.

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