Ugly Data undergoes transitionWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ugly Data Inc. is undergoing a transition that involves a change in ownership, relocation of a data center and the possible expansion of its staff in Toledo.
Amy and Dan Miller founded the business in 2006 and relocated from the Chicago area to Toledo in 2007. They found a new home for their startup company in the Clean & Alternative Energy Incubator at the University of Toledo in May 2007.
The couple has operated and grown the information technology business from that incubator and another one on UT’s medical campus for the past four years.
Amy assumed sole ownership of Ugly Data as part of the couple’s divorce settlement, which became final March 4. She continues to serve as president of the firm and said that Dan continues working as part of the team at Ugly Data.
She reported one of the firm’s two data centers will relocate to Columbus within the next two weeks. All of the equipment housed in the data center on UT’s medical campus will be moved to incubator space at Ohio State University.
“It provides our clients with a better solution for their data needs,” she said.
Ugly Data will contract with Platform Lab, a former UT incubator tenant now located at the OSU incubator, to manage the facility for them at this time. Miller said she may hire staff for the data center in Columbus from that area and possibly expand the firm’s team.
Miller said their strongest client base is located in Northwest Ohio but they have numerous clients nationwide and internationally.
Ugly Data is a managed service provider that supplies dedicated and virtual servers for running applications, data bases and other hosting requirements for clients, which include academics, small-to-medium businesses, city, county and township governments. The firm also provides virtualized server hosting, backup services, disaster recovery and data archiving for those customers.
Ugly Data provides an outsourced solution for companies that require control of their applications but insist on 100 percent uptime reliability from their hosting environments. Based in Toledo, they operate mirrored redundant data centers with an uninterruptible power supply and battery backups, Miller said.
She said the firm understands its clients have businesses to run and need to focus on their customers, employees and business development, not the daily administration of the company’s data and servers.
Miller knows Ugly Data must maintain the applications, databases, hosting requirements and servers for their clients throughout the transition of the business.
“Friends who are business owners and professionals have provided mentoring and support for me during this transition,” Miller said.
Sources at the UT incubator have been helping her with strategic planning, programs and services to keep her business operating through the transition. Megan Reichert-Kral, director of incubation in the office of research development at UT, has been an excellent resource for her, Miller said. She has received business and moral support from staff of the Center for Family & Privately Held Business at UT.
Miller also credits Todd Ovall, owner of the CrossFit LifeSport group fitness facility located in Downtown Toledo, for helping her mentally and physically during her recent life transitions.
“Todd is very positive, yet he pushes you to test your capabilities. They provide an accountability and support system at the gym to make sure you reach your fitness goals,” Miller said.
“We try to change the lives of our members in a positive way with fitness and nutrition that affects every aspect of their lives,” Ovall said.
“It’s a different kind of model and philosophy we use here. There is a social aspect of the group training that is an effective method of achieving mental and physical fitness,” he said.
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