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vXchnge Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Colo Data Center Spotlight

By: Kaylie Gyarmathy on March 8, 2021

Pittsburgh. The Steel City. The heart of Western Pennsylvania. At one point, Pittsburgh was expected to go the way of most rust belt cities, among the American towns that built our manufacturing strength, but struggled to adapt to a changing economy and market demands. However, Pittsburgh’s rich and robust history of innovation and technology has allowed it to rebuild itself and become an urban hub known for its cultural and business opportunities.

It’s just those kinds of opportunities that attract innovators, thinkers, entrepreneurs, and the workforce that can support them. It’s those kinds of opportunities, among other reasons, that make it an ideal location for a Pennsylvania data center. vXchnge’s Pittsburgh 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

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

Obviously, first and foremost, businesses want to consider proximity to end users and target populations for applications and services. Proximity decreases latency (and for edge users and IoT devices, this is vital), but proximity to population centers also means a variety of other advantages including:

  • Connectivity options
  • Regional power grid and infrastructure support
  • Access to qualified IT experts and professionals

In addition to these issues, regional weather, resource availability, and network providers and connections are all important factors when considering a regional data center.

Map of Pennsylvania with Pittsburgh highlightedWhy Store Your Business Data in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania?

As noted above, one of the primary reasons your business might want to select a data center in Pittsburgh is if you’re looking for a data center in Western Pennsylvania, Southern New York, or even Eastern Ohio.

Regionally, Pittsburgh is an ideal location for a data center in Pennsylvania because of its geographical location. Not only is it an urban center in Pennsylvania, but it’s also located within hours of larger cities in New York (Buffalo and Rochester) and Ohio (Youngstown, Akron, Cleveland) which means it’s situated to serve those areas as well.

Further, in terms of risks from natural disasters, Pittsburgh ranks lower than most of the United States for risks of major natural disasters. In terms of risk mitigation, Pittsburgh is ideally situated as well.

Pittsburgh is also home to universities, including Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pittsburgh, with nearly half of its population holding a college degree. It’s rich cultural opportunities and reputation as an emergent urban center mean it not only attracts, but also has the potential to keep and attract IT talent.

In fact, nearly 60% of the population in Pittsburgh 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, research suggests that residents of the Northeast are more likely to be smart home device adopters.

Finally, nearly 88% of Pittsburgh residents have a computer at home, with nearly the same number having access to broadband.

In short, the geographical location and population density and demographics make Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania an ideal location for a data center.

server stack aisle with blue lightingMeet VX PA-02: Providing Western Pennsylvania's Top Data Center Features

vXchnge’s 20,000 sq. foot Pittsburgh data center has all the essential cutting edge features vXchnge’s clients have come to expect and rely on. 

First, the vXchnge Pittsburgh data center offers on-site technicians 24x7x365 to support your needs, address issues, and monitor the facility and infrastructure. In addition to onsite technicians, it offers environmental monitoring with a VESDA system for early smoke detection, and multi-stage security with card access control at all ingress and egress doors.

Additional security features include:

  • ISO 27001:2013 Security Certification
  • Stringent access protocols and procedures with archived color CCTV monitoring
  • 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 Pittsburgh Data Center offers:

  • N+1 redundant UPS system
  • 1.3 MW of generator backup power with automatic transfer
  • 4-20 kW per cabinet
  • 100% Uptime SLA

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 Pittsburgh's Data Center Features Can Benefit Your Business

In short, our Pittsburgh, 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 choose our data center locations carefully, to maximize the geographical features, population density and demographics, to ensure we’re situated where the market is growing and will continue to grow, where there is business growth and population growth, where innovators and entrepreneurs see potential, where opportunities present themselves, and where we can help our clients grow.

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

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