Independent for Over 20 Years

pair Networks has been an independently-owned company for more than two decades. In the years since we were founded, much has changed about the company and about the Internet itself. However, our commitment to our mission has never wavered: to provide the highest-quality Web hosting services our customers can find anywhere.


"In 1995, I needed a really great Web host but I couldn't find any.
So I built one."
- Kevin Martin, Founder and CEO of pair Networks Inc.

A Simple Idea

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It was the summer of 1995. TLC's "Waterfalls" was at the top of the charts. Only 14% of Americans were using the Internet. Kevin Martin needed a good Web host for his Web site about pinball, so he registered pair.com and started planning for what became pair Networks, Inc.

He wanted to create a company focused exclusively on high-quality, affordable Web hosting. With a 600 square-foot office, a single employee, a partial T-1 line, and a $10,000 family loan, pair Networks went online on January 11, 1996.

That first year was an exciting time - the whole company was being created from scratch. In the meantime, while all our functions and procedures were still in development, pair Networks' customer base skyrocketed at a rate that surpassed even the most optimistic projections.


pair Networks Moves Up

By the end of our second year, pair Networks had grown to the point that a small office was no longer adequate, and in January 1998, we moved to a larger facility. The next two years brought even faster growth -- so much so that by late 1999, we had once again outgrown our offices and data center space.

In December of 1999, pair Networks completed our second move to a much larger and more scalable location: the River Park Commons on Pittsburgh's Historic South Side. We've been in this location ever since.


"It's been great to be a part of pair Networks' growth over the years."
- Chris, Customer Service since 2001

Where We Are Now

Over the years, pair Networks has expanded dramatically from its humble beginnings. The original partial T-1 line has been replaced by ultra-high capacity fiber optic circuits to multiple providers. What was once a single Ethernet hub is now a multi-tiered, fully-switched local network. And the single 120MHz "powerhouse server" has become thousands of servers in constant upgrade rotation. That single employee is now an entire team of professionals working 24/7/365 to support our valued customers.

The pair Networks name stands for honesty, reliability, and performance. As the years go on, we will continue to work to improve our services, launch new offerings, and most importantly of all, serve our customers.