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 Online Tech is moving beyond the SAS-70 data center audit and is now operating under the
 industry’s newest standards – SSAE 16, SOC 2 and SOC 3.

 Michigan Data Centers Move Beyond SAS 70 to More Stringent Data Center Standards
Online PR News – 16-February-2011 Online Tech is moving beyond the SAS-70 data center audit
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and is now operating under the industry’s newest standards – SSAE 16, SOC 2 and SOC 3. These
new reporting standards for top tier data centers operating under a strong set of security and
operating controls will become effective in the industry after June 15, 2011.

The Statement on Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS 70) has been the primary audit standard for
data centers for almost 20 years. Since 1992, data center users have relied on SAS 70 reports to
gain assurance that their data centers were secure and operating under proper control systems.
Online Tech was the first colocation and private cloud provider in Michigan to complete SAS 70
Type 2 audits for both of its data centers.

SSAE 16 (Statements on Standards for Attestation Engagements no. 16) is the next generation in
auditing standards for data centers in the United States. SSAE 16 goes beyond SAS 70 by
requiring a written management assertion on controls designs, objectives and implementation that
is included in the audit process. SSAE 16 also provides better alignment with the international ISAE
3402 audit standards.

The more stringent Service Organization Control (SOC) audit reports have a stronger set of controls
and requirements specifically designed around data center service organizations. SOC 2 and SOC
3 provide a standard benchmark by which two data center audits can be compared against the
same set of criteria. As opposed to SSAE-16, where the data center operator defines the criteria for
the audit, SOC 2 Report uses specifically pre-defined control criteria for security, availability,
process integrity, confidentiality and privacy. SOC 3 is the report provided by auditors for public
dissemination on the SOC 2 audit results.

David Barton, a Principal with UHY LLP in Atlanta, GA says, “As the marketplace begins to
understand these new reporting options, we believe that SOC 2 and SOC 3 reports will provide a
much better basis for evaluation and comparison of certain types of service providers such as
colocation data centers, cloud computing and software as a service (SaaS) providers. Online Tech
has become an early adopter of these new reporting standards in order to ensure their customers
have the best and most pertinent information to choose a colocation and managed services partner. ”

As a top tier data center operator, Online Tech has committed to deliver SSAE 16, SOC 2 and SOC
3 audit reports to its clients that meet the most stringent data center standards. “With our
commitment to quality and repeatable processes in every aspect of our business, we will assure our
clients that we operate under the highest data center standards in the industry,” said Mike Klein,
President of Online Tech. “An independent audit of our process and controls of our data centers has
and always will be an important part of our business and assures that we truly do what we say and
say what we do.”

About Online Tech
Online Tech ( www.OnlineTech.com ) is a premier managed data center provider offering managed
servers , private cloud computing , IT disaster recovery, and Michigan colocation . Online Tech
helps their clients dramatically reduce IT data center costs, operational risks and downtime.
Industry leaders trust Online Tech’s HIPAA Compliant, SAS 70 & SSAE 16 certified data centers to
ensure their servers are always on, always online, and always safe.

Media Information
Name     : April Sage
Email    : press@onlinetech.com
Url      : http://www.onlinetech.com
PO Box : 305 E. Eisenhower
         Suite 300
City     : Ann Arbor
State    : Michigan
Zip Code : 48108
Country : United States

				
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