June 14, 2011 10:41 AM Eastern Daylight Time
Michigan Data Center Operator Stays on the Forefront of Evolving
Data Center Auditing Standards
ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Online Tech announced today that it has achieved SSAE
16 Type II certification for its Ann Arbor and Mid-Michigan data
centers. SSAE 16 is the 2nd generation data center audit standard that
is replacing the older SAS 70 audit standard.
“We’re embracing these new data centers standards aggressively”
UHY LLP has completed its SSAE 16 audit on both data centers as of
February 28th, 2011 and delivered the audit report to Online Tech’s
Board of Directors on May 13th. The company was found to be fully
compliant. The report is available to Online Tech clients to provide
evidence they are hosted is a highly secure, tightly controlled data
Two years ago, Online Tech took a leadership position in Michigan by
having all of its data centers SAS
70 Type II audited. Because security & compliance is important to
the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) providers and mid-size businesses that
host their servers at Online Tech, the company has aggressively
supported the security & audit standards.
Data center audit standards have been quickly evolving over the past
year. SSAE 16 (Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements
No.16) has replaced SAS 70 (Statements on Auditing Standards No. 70)
which had been the prevalent auditing standards for the last 20 years.
SSAE 16 provides better alignment with international standards and
requires a written assertion from management on the design and operating
effectiveness of the data center controls.
In addition, new audit standards have just been released for data center
service organizations called SOC 2 & SOC 3 (Service Organization Control
2 & 3). These new standards provide a standard benchmark by which two
data center audits can be compared against each other for security,
availability and process integrity. More details are available on a data
center standards blog posted at http://resource.onlinetech.com/sas-70-ssae-16-soc-2-and-soc-3-data-center-standards/.
As of March 1, 2011 Online Tech has been operating under the new SOC 2 &
SOC 3 reporting standards.
“We’re embracing these new data centers standards aggressively,” said
Mike Klein, President of Online Tech. “We believe these new audit
standards will further differentiate data center operators by the
quality of the service they deliver. The new standards are perfectly
aligned with our business model with a focus on process, quality and
repeatability, which we believe is key in delivering top tier colocation
and managed private cloud hosting.”
About Online Tech
Online Tech (www.OnlineTech.com),
the Midwest’s premier managed data center operator, serves a growing
demand for data and computing capacity in small and mid-size businesses.
Through its high
70 data centers, Online Tech delivers a range of hosting services
including colocation, managed
dedicated servers, private
cloud hosting, and disaster
recovery. Online Tech’s Michigan
data centers operate under SSAE 16 compliance, allowing its clients
to meet all of their PCI
compliant hosting, HIPAA
compliant hosting, and SOX
compliant hosting needs. For more information call (877)740-5028.