Otava Named in 2020 CRN Fast Growth 150 List
Aug04

Otava Named in 2020 CRN Fast Growth 150 List

The HIPAA-compliant hosting company Otava has been included in the 2020 CRN Fast Growth 150 List. CRN, a brand of the Channel Company, compiles the list each year to recognize the fastest growing tech companies, solution providers, and IT consultants in North America. To be included in the list, an entity must have achieved substantial growth over the previous two years. Otava has enjoyed consistent and strong growth over the past few years, helped by intelligent acquisitions to bring in the right tools, processes, and people to help the company deliver exceptional customer experiences. The company’s 40.2% growth rate secured position 145 in the 2020 CRN Fast Growth 150 List. “The extraordinary group of companies on this year’s list serve as an inspiration, setting an exemplary level of excellence for us to follow. We are excited to honor these industry leaders and wish them continued success in the years to come,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. The latest accolade is one of several industry awards collected by the Ann Arbor hosting company in 2020 and is not the...

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Otava Cloud Backup Service for Microsoft 365 Launched to Protect Against Data Loss
Jun05

Otava Cloud Backup Service for Microsoft 365 Launched to Protect Against Data Loss

The HIPAA-compliant hosting provider Otava has launched a new comprehensive Veeam-powered backup solution for Microsoft 365. The Otava cloud-backup SaaS service for online Microsoft 365 applications uses Otava’s compliant cloud infrastructure and is available as a fully managed or self-managed solution. The new service provides protection against the accidental deletion of critical data, addresses data retention policy gaps, and provides protection against security threats such as ransomware. A 2019 study conducted by Veeam revealed almost three quarters (74%) of Microsoft 365 users do not have a data protection strategy for their Microsoft 365 applications, even though Microsoft 365 does not have any long-term backup capabilities. When data is deleted from Microsoft 365 applications it is sent to the recycle bin, but in the event of accidental deletion, files can only be recovered for one month, after which time the contents of the recycle bin are permanently deleted. The data of departed employees is also permanently deleted after one month, and while SharePoint and OneDrive...

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Calimex and Otava Offer Free Access to Health Questionnaire App to Speed Up Blood Donation Process
Apr20

Calimex and Otava Offer Free Access to Health Questionnaire App to Speed Up Blood Donation Process

Calimex USA Corporation, a systems integrator for the healthcare industry, in connection with the HIPAA-compliant hosting company Otava, has announced it is offering hospitals and blood donation facilities free access to its donor health questionnaire application, eDHQ Lite, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 has created a greater need for blood and plasma donations for patients as well as convalescent antibody testing. To minimize time outside the house and the potential for contracting COVID-19, blood donors can use the application to complete the necessary health questionnaire electronically at home prior to donating blood. Typically, completing paperwork at blood donation facilities takes around 30 minutes. The cloud-based app developed by Calimex and hosted by Otava eliminates paperwork and minimizes physical contact with surfaces in blood donation centers. “Eliminating paper or kiosk-enabled forms minimizes donors’ physical contact with surfaces to help reduce their risk of exposure,” said Calimex CEO Sam Waran. “The eDHQ Lite application is easy to use...

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Otava Joins Elite 150 in CRN’s 2020 MSP 500 List
Feb20

Otava Joins Elite 150 in CRN’s 2020 MSP 500 List

Otava has announced it has been named in the Elite 150 category in the Channel Company’s CRN 2020 MSP 500 List. Each year, the Channel Company recognizes the top technology vendors that have gone the extra mile to provide managed services that change the landscape of the It channel The Annual CRN MSP 500 list is subdivided into the MSP Pioneer 250 category, which is mostly focused on MSPs serving the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150 category, which has a focus on large data centers; and the Managed Security 100 category, which comprises off-premises cloud-based IT security services. This year, Otava has been included in the MSP Elite 150 category. The MSP 500 list is made up of solution providers in North America that have developed products and services that deliver operational efficiencies, improve IT systems, and give customers a higher return on investment. Managed service providers on the list have gone the extra mile to create solutions to solve complex IT issues faced by their customers. Otava specializes in providing private and multi-tenant hybrid cloud solutions to...

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Otava Earns HITRUST Certified Status for Cloud Servers and Services
Jan15

Otava Earns HITRUST Certified Status for Cloud Servers and Services

The Ann Arbor, MI-based HIPAA-compliant hosting company, Otava, has announced it has earned HITRUST Certified Status for information security, covering its private cloud servers, colocation services, and data protection services across five locations in Michigan and Indianapolis and for the OTPortal platform. The HITRUST Common Security Framework (CSF) is a comprehensive and flexible framework with prescriptive, scalable security controls. The HITRUST CSF meets the requirements of several federal regulations including ISO 27001 and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Through adoption of the HITRUST CSF, and by taking a risk-based approach, organizations can ensure appropriate information security controls are implemented to protect sensitive information. By achieving HITRUST Certified Status, Otava has demonstrated its hosting solutions and self-service portal have met strict, industry-defined requirements for information security and that risk is being effectively managed. “Security and compliance are the foundation of everything we do at Otava and we...

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Otava Launches New Suite of Veeam-Powered Cloud Backup Solutions
Nov19

Otava Launches New Suite of Veeam-Powered Cloud Backup Solutions

Otava, a provider of secure, compliant hybrid cloud solution provider for enterprises and channel partners, has announced it has expanded its Veeam-powered offerings with a new suite of Veeam Availability Suite cloud-backup solutions which give its customers greater flexibility and control over their backup and disaster recovery environments. Three new solutions have been added to the Otava portfolio which will help its clients and partners manage all of their cloud backups through a single console. The three new additions are: Otava Cloud Connect, Otava-Managed Cloud Backup, and Self-Managed Cloud Backup. Otava Cloud Connect can be used as a primary or secondary data repository, irrespective of where data resides. This cloud backup solution protects against data loss in the event of a ransomware attack or other malicious cyberattack. The solution incorporates Veeam insider Protection and creates a 7-day backup window with an extra copy of the user’s data which can be used if data is remotely wiped. Otava-Managed Cloud Backup helps businesses protect mission-critical data and focus...

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Hospital Quality Institute Chooses Otava Virtual Private Cloud Environments for Sensitive Healthcare Data
Jul13

Hospital Quality Institute Chooses Otava Virtual Private Cloud Environments for Sensitive Healthcare Data

The Ann Arbor, MI-based cloud services company, Otava, has announced it has been chosen by the Hospital Quality Institute to host sensitive healthcare data in two new virtual private cloud environments. The Hospital Quality Institute was created by the California Hospital Association, Hospital Association of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Hospital Council of Northern and Central California to help gauge the performance of hospitals in California and identify areas where improvements can be made to quality and patient safety. In order to assess hospital quality and patient safety, the Hospital Quality Institute collects data from hospitals and, through accurate metrics, provides valuable information to California Hospital Association members that allows them to demonstrate success, improve quality, and enhance patient safety. Rather than host its databases on-premises, the Hospital Quality Institute is using the cloud to host sensitive healthcare data and, by so doing, gain significant resource and cost benefits. Since the Hospital Quality Institute is required to comply with...

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Online Tech Rebrands as Otava
Apr22

Online Tech Rebrands as Otava

The web hosting company Online Tech has announced it has rebranded as Otava. The company claims the new name better reflects its staff, partnerships, vision, and commitment to providing exceptional hosting services. Online Tech started life in 1994 and initially provided regional dial up internet services. The company then moved into data hosting and colocation services and was one of the first web hosting providers to offer a HIPAA-compliant hosting service for healthcare organizations in the United States. While the name Online Tech has served the company well for 25 years, the company has recently been enjoying a period of sustained growth and has expanded its operations globally and developed a range of new services, helped by investment from Schurz Communications in February 2018 and the acquisition of the cloud infrastructure assets of Neverfail in December 2018. The name change was required to better reflect the company’s vision and position as both a channel-ready partner and a provider of enterprise-ready cloud solutions. The new company name has two meanings. It means to...

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Online Tech Acquired by Schurz Communications Inc.
Feb06

Online Tech Acquired by Schurz Communications Inc.

The Ann Arbor, MI-based HIPAA-compliant hybrid cloud provider, Online Tech, has been acquired by Mishawaka, IN-based Schurz Communications Inc. Schurz Communications is primarily an information company which owns three broadband companies, and has newspaper and digital media operations that produce 11 daily newspapers and 7 weeklies along with a range of niche publications. Online Tech is a leading cloud provider that also offers colocation, data protection, and data recovery services. Online Tech has been in business for around 25 years and currently serves almost 500 clients, predominantly in the Midwest. The company has seven data centers and offers a range of managed services, including disaster recovery-as-a-service, data protection-as-a-service, and managed Microsoft Azure deployments. The firm provides enterprise-class infrastructure to mid-market companies and has a strong focus on security and compliance and was one of the first companies to offer a HIPAA-compliant cloud platform to healthcare organizations. The independent merchant banking and advisory firm, Moorgate...

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Online Tech Acquires Neverfail Cloud Assets, Infrastructure, and Cloud Nodes
Dec08

Online Tech Acquires Neverfail Cloud Assets, Infrastructure, and Cloud Nodes

Online Tech, a provider of HIPAA-compliant hybrid and multi-cloud solutions, has officially acquired the IaaS, data protection assets, and cloud nodes of the Austin, TX-based IT services provider Neverfail for an undisclosed sum. The deal has seen Online Tech significantly expand its global footprint and now offer additional cloud nodes in Texas, Nevada, Virginia, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The additional assets will help Online Tech better serve direct customers while its channel program has been developed further and is expected to bring in tens of thousands of new end users. The enhanced channel program includes a partner-centric private cloud, dedicated sales and marketing resources, products that have been custom-built to meet the needs of partners, and a zero-conflict channel promise. Online Tech was already offering multi-cloud solutions, colocation services, data protection, and a range of compliance, security, and managed services to its customers. The acquisition has allowed Online Tech to expand its services further to include several additional products such as...

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Online Tech Audit Confirms its Data Centers and HQ are Compliant with ISO 27001
Jun30

Online Tech Audit Confirms its Data Centers and HQ are Compliant with ISO 27001

Online Tech has announced that following a five-month process of audits by NSF International, all five data centers and its Ann Arbor, MI headquarters have been confirmed as compliant with ISO 27001. ISO 27001 sets rigorous standards for Information Security Management System (ISMS) to ensure all sensitive information is properly managed and remains secure at all times. ISO 27001 covers the implementation of the ISMS, its maintenance, and policies and procedures to ensure continuous improvements are made and high standards are maintained. ISO 27001 sets standards assessing risk, which are tailored to each organization, and in-depth risk management processes are required covering people, processes, as well as IT systems. Those risks must be managed and reduced to a low and acceptable level. In order to pass the audits and be certified as compliant, Online Tech’s ISMS was required to meet the minimum standards across 14 specific controls, which the company did without any exceptions or corrective actions at all 5 data centers and headquarters. Those controls include the information...

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