16 October 2019

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The Top Philadelphia Data Center Options for SMBs

Data Center by Tom Collins

The City of Brotherly Love is home to 11 providers and 17 data center locations. And while the selection is plentiful, it doesn't make the decision any easier.

With so many options, how can you know you've found the best Philadelphia data center?

The best data centers for your company will be in an easily accessible location, prove reliable, offer solid connectivity, and be able to scale as your business grows.

Still, there are a few data centers that meet all these criteria. So we've compiled a list that'll help you identify which will meet your company's specific needs.

The Best Options for a Philadelphia Data Center

In Spring of 2019, Atlantech Online established a point of presence (POP) at Netrality's data center location at 401 N Broad in Philadelphia. The POP enabled Atlantech to connect to the region's major gateway between New York City and Northern Virginia, allowing us to better support businesses and government customers.

The POP also extended our reach to provide our services to businesses in the Philadelphia area. We believe it's critical for a data center to be within driving range. It makes it easy to get to if your technicians need to update or maintain servers. It lets you get to know the company you're doing business with, since you can meet the actual people in the actual place your service is provided.

Finally, a local data center also means the money you spend stays in the area. They're as invested in the growth and success of Philadelphia as you are, and that conviction means you'll get better service.

If you want to see what a local company can do, consider our services. We're happy to chat and find the best solution for your business.

Netrality

Netrality is a powerhouse in the data center market and one of the top options in Philadelphia. At 401 N Broad Street, Suite 210, they maintain a network operations center that's managed 24/7.

The building's infrastructure includes 12-foot ceilings and flooring that can bear 200 lbs per square foot. Along with their 10,000-pound capacity elevators and multi-bay loading docks, you can get nearly any piece of equipment required into the data center.

401 Broad is outside the floodplain, so natural disasters pose less risk for this location. Security measures include key card access throughout the entire facility, video surveillance, and authorized customers access lists. The building and technology are also HIPAA and PCI compliant.

The facility operates with utility power of 40,000 kW and has a backup generator for essential systems in the chance of blackout. All climates are controlled with a condensed water capacity of 3,600 tons. And all data rooms contain HVAC and CRAC units to ensure your systems are at the proper temperature.

Quonix

Quonix is another valuable option in your search for a Philadelphia data center. Their building at 2401 Locus Street is within walking distance of the Amtrak station with direct routes to DC, NYC, and Boston. This makes it especially appealing for those who value speedy access to their servers.

2401 Locus features fully redundant Cisco 7600 Routing Platforms with global route views for dynamic and optimized routing. Additionally, they feature a Meet Me Cage with over 10 On-net carriers.

Quonix's security at this location includes 24/7 secured RFID card access and DVR camera security. For system environmental controls, they offer redundant Liebert cooling with a 100-ton capacity, reducing the cost of keeping your equipment at the correct temperature. They also monitor for airflow and leaks and include a fire suppression system.

Flexential

Flexential purchased a former GSK facility and has put together a very nice facility that adds to another excellent choice in Philadelphia for a data center. Located in Collegeville, the Flexential Philadelphia - Collegeville data center is connected to a 100 Gbps network backbone – scalable to 400 Gbps – and broadens your reach to 80 on-net carriers through diverse underground entry points. It also features N+1 cooling and 2N+1 fault tolerance. You can read more about it here.

Equinix

Equinix provides facilities at 1625 Chestnut Street, located in downtown Philadelphia. In their data center, they maintain power and cooling redundancy of N+1 to ensure you'll always have what you need, no matter how many servers are used with the building.

The building is SSAE-16 certified whether you choose their colocation space, cabinets, or cages. Security includes 24/7 monitoring and key card access. You can also arrange to call ahead before sending technicians so the center will know when access to your servers is required.

Equinix's location is connected to 1,800 networks and over 2,500 cloud service providers, proving the trustworthiness of the company. Along with their redundant cooling and power systems, you can rest assured that your servers are in good hands.

Finding the Best Data Center in Philadelphia for Your Company

While finding the right data center is critical to your organization, the decision doesn't need to be complicated. To find the best data center for your company, you'll want to ensure the building is well maintained, has thorough redundancies, and enough room for your servers. You'll also want it to be a location where your technicians can quickly access it for maintenance and updates.





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About the author:

Tom Collins (Twitter, LinkedIn) - is the Director of Enterprise Sales & Marketing for Atlantech Online. He has over 20 years of professional experience in the Internet Service Provider industry and is known for translating technology into positive results for business. A native of Washington, DC, a graduate from University of Maryland (degrees in Government & Politics and Secondary Education), Tom is also a five-time Ironman finisher.