Michigan-based data center operator Online Tech is seeing major growth in the cloud services space -- in the first five months of 2011 alone, rising demand for cloud services has grown its business 39 percent. They company is planning to invest the money in its sales efforts and hire six new employees to keep pace with this heightened cloud demand.

Leading the growth, said Online Tech's President and COO Mike Klein in the official press release, are private cloud hosting, managed cloud hosting and disaster recovery services. Many organizations need PCI-compliant servers, and Klein said it's far more cost-effective to have Online Tech handle it in the cloud than it is for these customers to build and maintain their own data centers. In fact, the last time TalkinCloud heard from Online Tech, the company was touting the SSAE 16 certifications of its data centers.

Klein credited the growth in disaster recovery to a recovering economy, enabling companies to open their wallets a little wider. Online Tech supports its DR services with its two data centers in Michigan, 53 miles apart, connected directly via Gigabit Ethernet and on two separate power grids.

Interestingly, what the press release didn't mention was Online Tech's portfolio of managed and hosted applications. It sounds as though cloud hosting is outpacing that business significantly. But is that an outlier? Feel free to tell TalkinCloud your experiences in the comments below.

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