Philadelphia Technology Spotlight

Podcast Series, Hosted by John Panzica

John Panzica PhillyStarting this week, vXchnge will be producing a monthly podcast series highlighting Technologists and Innovators in the Philadelphia community. The Philly Tech Spotlight Podcast will dive deep into companies, market trends, and the startup community to bring a spotlight to important trends and information that Philadelphia brings to the national and global stage.

Be sure to subscribe to this podcast series, hosted by John Panzica, Senior Vice President of Sales for vXchnge, to be alerted of future shows. John’s first guest will be Bob Moul, CEO of Cloudamize. The discussion will include Philly’s competitive advantages from a talent and resource perspective along with how the cloud infrastructure analytics and cost optimization company plans to invest the additional $1 million in funding it recently landed.

Those not living in Philly may be wonder , why a tech podcast focused on Philly? Those living in the Philadelphia community will tell you Philly has become a rich hub for higher education, healthcare, and tech startups to flourish. So much so that today the city’s on the verge of becoming a metropolitan tech leader as it’s now home to technologies such as mobility, streaming video, and mobile app content.

Philly is host to large global companies like SAP America, Vanguard Group, and the Comcast Corporation. The startup community has also created innovation and success with companies like (sold to eBay), Reality Online (acquired by Reuters), and recently Boomi (acquired by Dell). As Philadelphia continues to move into the technology spotlight, it is worth noting that historically Philadelphia had its times in the spotlight and has become a city of significance.

Whether you think back to when our Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 or reflect on the many universities and colleges that make it a top international study destination, you realize Philadelphia has been a pivotal part of American history. This tradition continues as the city now moves into the technology spotlight.

With Philadelphia being the 5th largest city in the United States, with an area population of 1.5 million, there is a growing demand for mobile devices, IP traffic, and content, which has left the technology industry scrambling to serve. Service demand for social media, streaming content, online discovery, and mobile purchasing, require companies in the content and infrastructure space to make considerable investments in Philadelphia. Such investments are a sure indication that Philadelphia technologists are now rethinking the long accepted strategy of servicing local businesses and consumers through points of presence in New York or Northern Virginia. Philadelphia networks, infrastructure, and content providers are now realizing the value of servicing the local demand through points of presence within the city. In short, they are servicing Philadelphia from Philadelphia.

Here at vXchnge, we have always invested in and believed that Philadelphia has been a key market in the infrastructure industry. When it had the opportunity to open its first Brownfield data center, vXchnge decided to invest in the city of Philadelphia again. vX’s investment of $30+ million has employed many local companies that, over the past 12 months, have done a spectacular job of building our data center.

This investment is just the start. As companies begin moving into our data center, vX has decided to invest again by creating this podcast series to highlight the technical and innovative achievements of this great city.

Next Steps:

Contact John at or @jppanzica if you would like to be a guest or have topic suggestions.
Take a tour our Philadelphia Data Center.
Subscribe to the podcast to be alerted when the next episode is published.
Learn more about our colocation services, carrier connectivity, power & space infrastructure, and our Remote Hands service.

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Welcome to The Tech Exec Blog

Welcome to my blog! Those of you who know me probably also know that I am passionate about the things I do in my life. In fact, my typical mantra is, “I am either all in or all out.”  As a result, I am also known to have an opinion or two about the things I am professionally involved in such as financial markets technology and business leadership, as well as my personal endeavors of endurance training, competitive cycling and racing. For those of you who do not yet know me, please visit the “About Me” section of this blog or check out the various other professional and personal portals that Google makes so accessible to us.

On a professional level, I am a 25-year executive in the telecommunications and data center space.  I enjoy writing, speaking, and analyzing the how’s and why’s of many subjects because I firmly believe that if I am going to devote my time to something — personally or professionally –I want to gain command of the subject to the extent that my efforts and opinions make a difference in some way. Whether I achieve the end result of making a difference is subjective, but the efforts and passion will certainly be notable and, most likely, public.

What can you expect from this blog and from me?

I plan to write one or two articles per month on relevant trends in the technology Industry. I have a unique position as a sales leader in the telecommunications data center industry, as I have become intimately involved in  everyday technology such as smartphones, on-line gaming platforms and video-streaming services  and am fascinated with their various affects on global technology and infrastructure. As technology changes our lives and the way we do business, many companies continue to make smart — and sometimes not-so-smart — investments and bets on how, when and where businesses and consumers will procure products. At an individual level, I am an entrepreneur at the core. I will be sure to provide a strong opinion on various companies’ sales and marketing tactics and strategies.  In other words, why such companies are sure to be successful or why they may be wasting their money.

Last, you may also see some articles on motivation and competitive sports, as I have been an athlete for most of my life. For the past ten years, I have spent the majority of my time infatuated with cycling, charity riding, and competitive racing. I know so much about bicycles, their technology, and accessories, that I have a career waiting for me in retirement. I have many thoughts, stories, and motivational moments that I believe are reasons why competitive sports have made me successful in business.

I look forward to an on-going dialog with you on this blog and welcome your comments and suggestions.

Please feel free to contact me directly at any time at or on Twitter at @jppanzica. Thank you for the time you have invested in me.