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vXchnge's Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Data Center Spotlight

By: Ernest Sampera on March 11, 2021

Philadelphia. While many don’t know it by its nickname “The City of Brotherly Love,” many do know its rich history, and probably many more the Rocky statue that sits atop the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Still, the past decade has seen quite a bit of change with neighborhood revitalization projects changing the landscape and demographics, drawing in a younger crowd and offering a very real alternative to New York City. It’s got a thriving music scene, beautiful parks, and great restaurants. In fact, in recent years it’s stepped out of the large shadow cast by NYC and become its own draw. Much like other vXchnge data center locations, it’s an urban hub known for cultural and business opportunities that attract a diverse and educated population.

For 13 straight years, prior to Covid, Philadelphia was on the rise. The economy was growing, job growth was great, education levels were rising. That bright outlook might be a bit battered, but like Rocky, this is a city with fight, and most experts agree that growth will return to Philly as it will to most other cities facing the same struggles. Still, there’s no shortage of opportunities and that makes it an ideal location for a Pennsylvania  data center. vXchnge’s Philadelphia data center features the connectivity, reliability, security, and services vXchnge data centers are proud to offer to the communities, cities, regions, and clients we serve.

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The Importance of Your Data Center Site Selection

Whether opting for colocation or a purely off-premise solution, data center location is a vital decision for any business. Proximity to your business and your end users is crucial. However, choosing your location goes beyond proximity.

Many applications and services rely on reduced latency, which makes proximity  end users and target populations a key factor in choosing a site. For edge users and IoT devices, proximity is a must have, but those benefits also mean a variety of other advantages such as:

  • Connectivity options
  • Regional power grid and infrastructure support
  • Regional investment from connectivity partners
  • Access to qualified IT experts and professionals

In addition to these issues, regional weather, resource availability, and network providers, and a strong consumer demand are all important factors when considering a regional data center. Further, when looking to expand services or to other regions, location is everything. Because Pennsylvania is so big, one of the most important decisions one can make is choosing a metropolitan area, with access to other cities and regions, to establish roots.

map of eastern seaboard with Philadelphia, PA marked by a red pushpinWhy Store Your Business Data in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania?

As noted above, one of the primary reasons your business might want to select a data center in Philadelphia is its proximity to other major markets in multiple states like NJ, Delaware, and even extending up to the New York City metropolitan area.

Regionally, Philadelphia is an ideal location for a data center in Pennsylvania because of its geographical location. Its centralized location in the northeast, yet not coastal, makes it a desirable business location with access to multiple other population centers. In short, it’s situated to, potentially, serve many additional areas, including more rural areas of that tri-state region (NJ, DE, PA) and the Eastern Seaboard.

Further, in terms of risks from natural disasters, Philadelphia ranks very low when compared to other states for risks of major natural disasters, and certainly lower than coastal cities in the same region. In terms of risk mitigation, Philadelphia is well-situated.

Philadelphia is also home to nearly 20 4-year colleges including Temple and many more 2-year colleges, with 30% of its population holding a college degree or higher. It’s rich cultural opportunities and reputation as an urban center mean it not only attracts, but also has the potential to keep and attract IT talent.

In fact, more than 50% of the population in Philadelphia is between 18 and 65 years old, meaning a good number are likely to be utilizing smart phones, smart home devices, and the kind of applications that rely on data access. Further, the new construction and home growth means there’s opportunities for these technologies as well.

Finally, nearly 85% of Philadelphia residents have a computer at home, with more than 75% having access to broadband.

In short, the geographical location, between NYC and D.C. and population density and demographics make Philadelphia, Pennsylvania an ideal location for a data center.

man stands in front of server racks in a data centerMeet VX PA-01: Providing Pennsylvania with Top Data Center Features

vXchnge’s 72,000 sq. foot Philadelphia data center has all the essential cutting edge features vXchnge’s clients have come to expect and rely on. 

First, the vXchnge Philadelphia data center offers on-site technicians and security personnel 24x7x365 to support your needs, address issues, and monitor the facility and infrastructure.

Additional security features include:

  • Multi-stage security using proximity card access control system at ingress and egress doors
  • Biometric scanners throughout access points of the data center
  • ISO 27001:2013 Security Certification
  • SSAE 18 Type II, HIPAA, SOC 2 Type II, PCI DSS 3.2.1 compliant
  • Zero Trust Policy

One of the most important elements in choosing a data center is reliability and redundancy. vxChgne’s Philadelphia data center offers:

  • N+1 redundant UPS system
  • 7.5 MW of generator backup power with automatic transfer
  • 4-20 kW per cabinet
  • Uptime reliability record of >99.99999%

The employed redundancies include the cooling system as well.

Finally, our connectivity options take full advantage of regional availability:

  • Direct, physical-layer connectivity to ILEC, CLEC, long-haul, dark fiber, IP transit, Ethernet, TDM/voice, VolP and Private/Public cloud 
  • Dedicated fiber optic pathways from the street delivered to diverse points of entry 
  • All forms of copper and fiber connections available


How Philadelphia’s Data Center Features Can Benefit Your Business

In short, our Philadelphia, Pennsylvania data center offers everything your business needs to make its shift to a cloud or hybrid infrastructure with the support of industry leaders, experts, and a remote hands team prepared to assist when you need it.

We research and choose our data center locations carefully, to maximize geographical features, population density and demographics, to ensure we’re situated where the market is growing and demonstrates continued growth potential; we go where there is business growth and population growth, where innovators and entrepreneurs see potential, where opportunities continue to present themselves, where demand exists, and where we can help our clients grow.

If you’re looking for a data center in Texas, or a data center in Austin, get in touch with our team today to arrange a tour of our Austin facility. We’d love to show you what we can do.

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