Hurricane Electric Expands Its Global Network Backbone to Providence

Internet backbone provider Hurricane Electric has launched a new Point-of-Presence (PoP) in Irontrust Networks’ PVD2 data center in Providence, Rhode Island. Located in this major industrial, commercial, medical, and finance center in southern New England, PVD2 is located in ‘Fiber Alley.’

This is Hurricane Electric’s first network PoP in Rhode Island and its fourth in New England. It would help increase fault tolerance, load balancing, and congestion management in the supply of next-generation IP connectivity services to businesses in and across southern New England.

Fiber Alley is the most fiber rich area in Rhode Island.’s PVD2 data center totals up to 15,000 square feet, 1MW of critical power, and 200 tons of N+1 cooling.

“With its robust technology ecosystem and thriving start-up environment, Providence is a critical location to provide services to customers in the metropolitan area and around southern New England,” said Mike Leber, President at Hurricane Electric. “We are excited to work with PVD2 to ensure their customers have access to cost-effective high-speed connectivity, and continue our commitment to provide high speed IP transit to users everywhere.”


Numerous startups are flocking to Rhode Island due to its low cost of living and its proximity to capital and startup hubs like Boston and New York, according to Hurricane Electric. With its forty miles coastline, Rhode Island has seen a lot of activity with cleantech and bluetech startups, focusing on environmental sustainability and oceanic health.

Through 100GE (100 Gigabit Ethernet), 10GE (10 Gigabit Ethernet), and GigE (1 Gigabit Ethernet) ports, customers of the PVD2 data center and other companies in the Providence area now have a choice of additional connectivity options with access to Hurricane Electric’s vast IPv4 and IPv6 network. Clients at the data center facility can also exchange IP traffic with Hurricane Electric’s massive worldwide network, which has over 20,000 BGP sessions with over 9,000 distinct networks and thousands of client and private peering ports.