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A Simple Guide To Colocation In Pittsburgh

A Simple Guide To Colocation In Pittsburgh

Using colocation allows businesses to leverage the benefits of private data centers without the upfront costs or ongoing commitment. It is particularly useful for businesses looking for quick and simple access to highly strategic areas. With that in mind, here is a straightforward guide to what you need to know about colocation in Pittsburgh.

An overview of the Pittsburgh business landscape

Although its famous steel industry has largely departed, Pittsburgh still has a large manufacturing sector. It is particularly strong in metals and machinery. Pittsburgh also excels in biotechnology, life sciences, and healthcare along with clean technology for the renewable energy sector.

The city’s most famous industry by far, however, is robotics and AI. In fact, its connection with the robotics industry is so strong that the Wall Street Journal dubbed the city “Roboburgh.”.

Pittsburgh’s strength as a high-tech hub is partly due to its strength as an academic hub. It is home to several research-oriented universities and colleges plus major research facilities. These include Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and Duquesne University. Students are attracted not just by the quality of the education but by the quality of the overall lifestyle including the ease with which they can find student-friendly jobs.

The last major industry in the city is tourism, leisure and hospitality. This leverages both the city’s industrial past and the buildings and institutions this has left behind. It’s also benefiting from Pittsburgh’s growing popularity as a film location. Its most famous appearances are probably The Dark Knight Rises and Night Of The Living Dead.

Why use colocation in Pittsburg?

At a high level, the benefits of using colocation in Pittsburg are much the same as the benefits of using colocation in any other location. With that said, at a more detailed level, there are some particular characteristics of colocation in Pittsburgh that are worth noting.

Easy access to a strategic location

Although Pittsburgh is Pennsylvania’s second major city (after Philadelphia), the strength of its economy makes it a key strategic location in its own right. For some businesses, Pittsburgh may be more relevant to their user base than Philadelphia (or at least have equal standing). Others may need (or want) a base in both.

The strength of Pittsburgh’s economy is reflected in the strength of its real estate market. That means the upfront costs of opening an in-house data center in Pittsburgh are relatively high.

Using a public cloud service provider (PCSP) in Pittsburgh may be an option for some businesses. The problem with this is that businesses lose out on the benefits of a private data center. This fact is a large part of the reason why colocation in Pittsburgh is so popular.

Predictable costs

Even without the cost savings of colocation in Pittsburgh, many businesses appreciate colocation for its predictable costs (as compared to the public cloud). This predictability can make budgeting much easier.

Scalability with customizability

Using colocation allows businesses to scale their operations as needed while also giving them a lot of flexibility to customize their infrastructure. It therefore rolls two of the key benefits of the public cloud and in-house data centers into one package.


Managed services in general have soared in popularity due to the convenience they offer. Using them allows businesses to divest non-core functions to experts. This leaves them more time to focus on their core business activities.

Using colocation in Pittsburgh fits in perfectly with this approach. The colocation vendor takes responsibility for the overall running of a data center. The client just needs to manage their own equipment.

Factors to consider when using colocation in Pittsburgh

Similarly, the main factors to consider when using colocation in Pittsburgh are much the same as the main factors to consider in any other location. Again, however, some of these factors are particularly relevant to colocation in Pittsburgh.

  • Location and physical space requirements
  • Tier level (level of resilience).
  • Power requirements and energy efficiency
  • Network connectivity options
  • Security and compliance
  • On-site support and SLAs
  • Contract length and flexibility

Out of these factors, as you would expect, location and physical space requirements are usually the biggest influences on the cost of colocation in Pittsburgh. This means it’s highly advisable for businesses to research Pittsburg thoroughly so that they are clear on which specific locations offer them the best overall value for money.

Colocation in Pittsburgh

If you are looking for colocation services in Pittsburgh, DataBank is an excellent choice. DataBank has two state-of-the-art data centers in the Pittsburgh area, which combine to offer 77,860 square feet of raised floor space, and 6.4MW critical IT load. Learn more about DataBank’s Pittsburgh data centers.


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