U.S. data center, connectivity and managed services provider, Databank, has announced availability of the Pittsburgh Internet Exchange (PIT-IX) at its Pittsburgh colocation data center (PIT1). With the addition of PIT-IX, DataBank customers now have access to direct local connectivity to content providers, universities, and companies located around the Western Pennsylvania region.
PIT-IX offers low-latency connectivity with over 13 major regional networks, which branches out to connectivity to over 50 companies, universities, and regional institutions.
PIT-IX was originally financed wholly by donations of hardware and monthly funding by local cloud services and connectivity company TeraSwitch. DataBank has now offered PIT-IX a sponsored footprint at PIT1.
The PIT-IX operations team is making plans to extend the PIT-IX peering fabric to other Pittsburgh area facilities such as the DataBank PIT2 data center that is currently undergoing construction in Moon Township, PA.
“PIT-IX will help customers lower Internet transit costs, optimize network performance, and minimize the need for Pittsburgh area traffic to rely on network paths that leave the city,” said Raul Martynek, CEO of DataBank. “We’re big supporters of the Exchange and in enabling increased peering and connectivity options for our clients to drive their applications and critical operations in this growing region.”
1Gbps, 10Gbps, 40-100Gbps
“The goal of the PIT-IX is to operate a neutral and non-profit Internet exchange that aims to reduce costs, and improve connection quality,” said Brendan Mannella, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TeraSwitch and founder of PIT-IX. “Most importantly, it gives the region an alternative to the major interconnection points like Ashburn, VA or New York, NY.”
According to Databank, the region has become an up-and-coming interconnection hub for companies in both content delivery, enterprise, and research traffic. Pittsburgh would have grown to be a hotbed of start-up companies and offices for international tech firms.
“We picked DataBank’s PIT1 facility at Nova Place as the home of PIT-IX because of the carrier-neutral facility being the largest carrier hotel in the region,” said Nick Zurku, co-founder and Operations Engineer of PIT-IX. “We were able to ensure the lowest cost connectivity for the most number of peers by choosing DataBank.”
PIT-IX offers 1gbps, 10gbps, and 40-100gbps connectivity options to the Internet exchange at DataBank’s PIT1 colocation data center. BGP Route Servers are used to facilitate a “quick and easy” configuration of peering with the exchange. “Once you’re physically connected, the moment you establish a session with our route servers you’ll get access to 500 local routes,” said Justin Goetz, Operations Engineer for PIT-IX. “We’re expecting the number of routes to triple in less than 12 months.”
DataBank operates 20 data centers in nine U.S. markets, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Dallas, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City.