OpenTech Alliance Creates First Self-Storage Cloud

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Phoenix-based OpenTech Alliance Inc., developer of INSOMNIAC self-storage kiosks, is creating the self-storage industry's first cloud-based computing platform. The Self Storage Cloud will be an "open" architecture that hosts a multitude of integrated software applications and services to help facility operators lower operating costs and increase revenue.

All self-storage operators, even those with only one facility, can use the cloud on a pay-as-you-go model. The cloud will provide access to several OpenTech software applications such as INSOMNIAC Online, LiveAgent!, LivePhone! and LiveVoicemail!, as well as services including identification verification, video conferencing, facility-content management and more.

The Self Storage Cloud will be housed at the IO data center in Scottsale, Ariz. IO provides modular data-center technology. The company services, designs, engineers and delivers data-center infrastructure for some of the world's largest enterprises, governments and service providers.

"We feel technology is quickly becoming a key competitive differentiator, and without the best tools available, self-storage operators and their onsite management staff will find it very challenging to compete," said Robert A. Chiti, president and CEO. "Our cloud platform will level the playing field and help all self-storage operators improve their operational efficiency."

OpenTech products and services include seven models of INSOMNIAC self-storage kiosks ranging in price from $5,500 to $18,000, the INSOMNIAC Live!  call center, and the INSOMNIAC Self Storage Network for online storage reservations and rentals. The company will exhibit at the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in Las Vegas, March 14-16, in booths 525-529. Show details can be found at www.insideselfstorageworldexpo.com.

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