|[January 16, 2013]
Michigan Automotive Innovation Takes Flight with Cloud Computing
ANN ARBOR, Mich. --(Business Wire)--
This week, Detroit's North American Auto Show (NAIAS) celebrates
connectivity with its own "Official NAIAS 2013 Mobile App" to enhance
the auto show experience. Apps are the new chassis for delivering better
consumer experience, whether it's customized media experiences,
real-time navigation systems, or customized automotive profiles allowing
drivers to store seat position, temperature and other preferences.
Indeed, Ford just unveiled its SYNC AppLink API - the industry's
first automotive app developer program - and opened its OpenXC platform
to researchers and developers to leverage big data to give "unheard-of
access to vehicle data" according to Paul Mascarenas, Ford VP and CTO.
Many 2013 automotive unveils highlight connectivity, apps and
customized driver experiences. "Entirely new application categories…can
be explored - safety, energy efficiency, sharing, health; the list goes
on," continues Mascarenas.
What is the engine transforming the driving experience Cloud
Computer servers and applications, or "apps," used to be much more
dependent on specific hardware. Now, most apps are hosted in the cloud
instead of on traditional physical servers. "Cloud computing sets app
developers free by removing the headache of buying and maintaining
hardware; instead, they can focus on the user experience," explains Mike
Klein, Co-CEO of Online Tech, a Michigan
data center that offers cloud
computing hosting for mission critical applications in
the automotive and other industries.
"We've seen our clients leverage cloud computing to coordinate
just-in-time manufacturing inventory, transportation logistics, and
consumer services," Klein reflects. But cloud computing isn't just
accelerating innovation; it's protecting the availability and integrity
of critical business processes and systems.
With huge fines and significant business loss as the results of
disruptin the manufacturing workflow, automotive suppliers can't afford
any downtime. If the right piece isn't there at the right time, a
cascade of consequences can disrupt manufacturing. Cloud
computing "protects just-in-time and mission critical
services by scaling up resources quickly and allowing faster recovery
should the unthinkable happen; it's all about keeping your options
open," said Klein.
Indeed, the State of Michigan itself is leading the charge as the
first state in the nation to define and publish a cloud computing
strategy, dubbed "MiCloud." The hybrid
cloud strategy was designed to leverage "emerging cloud
computing technologies...to deliver the necessary increase in IT
Online Tech will be speaking more about clouds and connectivity at
the Comcast (News - Alert) Business Class Pavilion located at the North American
International Auto Show, Wednesday, January 16th,
hosted at the Cobo Center in Detroit, Michigan.
About the 2013 Auto Show Preview Days
NAIAS 2012 featured 42 vehicle debuts with 38 of those being
worldwide introductions. Over 5,000 journalists attended from 58
countries. Nearly 30 percent of the journalists were international, thus
helping to spread automotive news made at NAIAS 2012 to the world.
Nearly 771,000 visitors passed through the doors during public days.
NAIAS is uniquely positioned to be four shows in one - a media preview,
an industry preview, a charity preview and a public show with a 9-day
run. Connect with automotive professionals representing almost 2,000
companies and share insights with over 23,000 of your peers during
industry preview days January 16-17, 2013.
About Online Tech
Michigan's largest managed data center is becoming the largest in the
Midwest, expanding into at least four new markets. The "Fort Knox'' for
data is known for complete redundancy - "backups for everything" - from
multiple back-up generators and backup systems to locations straddling
two power grids and even two CEOs.
Online Tech leads in secure, compliant
hosting services including cloud
dedicated servers, Michigan
colocation and disaster
recovery. Online Tech's Midwest data centers assure
mission critical applications are always available, comply with
government & industry regulations, and continue operating after a
disaster. Backed by independent HIPAA, PCI, SSAE
16, and SOC
2, Online Tech delivers the security, privacy, and
availability expected from world class data center operators. For more
information, call (877)740-5028, email firstname.lastname@example.org or
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