American cloud and colocation provider DataBank is expanding its data center in Nova Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The facility codenamed PIT1 will add another 10,000 square feet of white space and 1.5MW or power supply, doubling its capacity. New space will be delivered incrementally - some of it will be ready for service in Q4 2018.

“We are excited to see continued investment in this type of critical infrastructure in the Pittsburgh area as it further demonstrates the growing role of technology in our region,” said J. Ray Scott, senior manager for Storage and Virtualization, Computing Services, at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Dallas-based DataBank operates 14 data centers across eight geographic markets - Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Pittsburgh and Cleveland.

In 2016, the company was acquired by Digital Bridge, an investment fund that focuses on telecommunications infrastructure. The new owners proceeded to make multiple acquisitions and integrate them into the DataBank business, including the entire C7 Data Centers portfolio, two facilities from 365 Data Centers, and a facility built by Stream Data Centers.

PIT1 is one of the pair of facilities acquired from 365 Data Centers in 2017. According to DataBank, it offers direct access to more than 25 fiber carriers, making it the most connected data center location in the Pittsburgh metropolitan area.

To expand the facility, DataBank will construct a new building adjacent to the existing data halls.

“We are seeing continued demand from customers seeking edge access to the rich interconnection ecosystem we offer at our Pittsburgh data center,” said Kevin Ooley, president and CFO for DataBank.

“We believe expanding in our existing building envelope will allow us to provide high quality, enterprise grade colocation space in close proximity to our diverse carrier ecosystem.”