Datapipe Fuels the Buzz


Hoboken, NJ – September 9, 2004 – Datapipe, an international provider of managed hosting services, scaled operations recently to handle the rush of traffic related to one of its clients, GasBuddy.com. Calling itself the ultimate portal for local gas price information, GasBuddy has attracted a lot of press lately for its real-time, up-to-date information on everything fuel related. Users enter their zip code on the homepage in order to pull up the range of gas prices available in the area and find the cheapest provider. These numbers are in turn supplied by thousands of volunteer gas price spotters located across North America.

With the rising prices of oil wrecking havoc on a whole range of industries, Gas Buddy’s growing popularity comes none too soon. Surveying an average of 150,000 stations a week in the U.S. and Canada, the site saw its usage jump nearly 30 percent in one day over its daily average when gas prices leapt beyond $2 earlier this summer.

“Over the three year period that we’ve been managing their account they have leapt from a shared server to a number of dedicated servers,” said CEO Robb Allen. “This is a great example of how Datapipe’s support teams closely monitor our clients’ accounts and are ready to scale operations so that they never experience even a minute of downtime.”

Gas Buddy entered the web in 2000, later joining Datapipe under one of its virtual solutions. The founders, Jason Toews and Dustin Coupal, started the company locally in Minneapolis, but demand for the site was so high that they soon expanded it nationwide. Just last month, the site transferred over 900 GB of data.

“The speed and knowledge of the Datapipe customer support team far exceeds our expectations,” said Coupal. “Even when our dedicated servers are at their busiest the massive bandwidth capabilities at Datapipe can easily handle the traffic load.”

Datapipe now manages a dedicated solution for the website, which allows users to do a number of different fuel related services. Besides looking up prices for a user’s hometown or state by linking to 173 price comparison sites located all over the US, it also allows them to track fuel expenses, provides fuel saving tips and also charts the historical prices of gasoline for up to two years.