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Chicago Data Center

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The CHICAGO IL Data Center serves one of the largest financial markets in the world.  It is strategically located on a 30-acre campus near the heart of Chicago’s high-demand downtown corridor.

The former Chicago Sun-Times facility has been transformed into a state-of-the-art mega data center campus in the heart of the Midwest .  This facility enables direct connection to Amazon Web Services via AWS Direct Connect which lets you establish a secure, dedicated network connection between your private infrastructure and the center’s AWS Direct Connect node bypassing the Internet. This is in addition to connections to other major cloud providersThis high performance, high capacity connection is your gateway to the entire suite of AWS cloud services.

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The Chicago IL Data center provides the benefits of Carrier-neutral connectivity to multiple network providers, 24x7x365 security provided by experienced staff engineers. Also, limited columns in data halls and no CRAH’s or PDU’s on the floor deliver complete design flexibility.

In addition, there is stable power fed to facility from nearby Quarry and Crawford substations and the convenient location is 10 minutes to downtown Chicago and 20 minutes to Midway Airport.  The site has ample customer amenities such as abundant free parking, available office space, and both conference and break rooms.

Lastly, from a Sustainability perspective, the Chicago Data Center is the first UL 3223 certified data center and key initiatives are in progress - including LEED Gold.

LEED GOLD SEAL

BUILDING SPECIFICATIONS

  • 467,000 sq. ft. of total current space

  • 208,000 total sq. ft. data center space;

    • DH1 is 48,000 sq. ft.

    • DH2 is 80,000 sq. ft.

    • DH3 80,000 sq. ft.

  • 2,925 sq. ft. of leasable office space

  • Three loading docks available with dock levelers

POWER

  • UL Certified

  • LEED Gold Certified Power

  • Configuration options: N+1, 2N

  • 125MW of critical power capacity

  • UPS power in an N+1 configuration

  • Generator power in an N+1 configuration

  • Utilizes 100% renewable sourced power from wind farms

  • Owned, on-site substation and 4 power feeds from 2 substations

  • Designed specifically to meet needs of enterprise-size deployments and customers

COOLING

  • 26+ indirect heat exchanger cooling units 400/367/250 kW

  • Temperature and humidity sensors installed in data halls providing remote indications and alarms to on-site and off-site facility personnel

  • VESDA smoke detection above and below raised floors

  • Fully automated Building Management System providing remote indications and operations capabilities

  • WonderWare monitoring for electrical systems

CONNECTIVITY

  • On-Net Carriers

    • AT&T

    • CenturyLink

    • Cogent

    • Comcast

    • Chicago IX

    • Crown Castle

    • Hurricane Electric

    • Megaport

    • PacketFabric

    • Verizon Business

    • Verizon

    • Windstream

    • Zayo

  • Connectivity Solutions

    • Proprietary Switchboard Interconnection Service - Seamless connectivity to AWS, Azure and Google Cloud

    • Proprietary InternetConnect

    • Proprietary CrossConnect – online ordering available Cloud Connectivity

    • In-house AWS Direct Connect node with access to all major public clouds and connections to major SDN providers

    • Multiple options to reach any cloud via SDN and carrier partners, including:

  • Alibaba Cloud

  • AWS

  • Google Cloud

  • Microsoft Azure

  • IBM Cloud,

  • Oracle Cloud

  • Salesforce.

 • Automated, quick provisioning to local carrier hotel(s)

SECURETY

  • Complete 10 ft. outer perimeter fence

  • Checkpoint at entry gate

  • Fixed and pan-tilt-zoom cameras covering property and entry points

  • Card reader access at lobby door

  • Manned security desk in lobby

  • Biometric and iris scan required to enter data hall through the security vestibule • Security guards on-site 24x7x365

ENHANCED SECURETY

  • Securely communicate with your AWS environment without traversing Public IP transit.

  • High Performance Data Transfer

  • Seamlessly transfer large amounts of data with improved latency and increased bandwidth throughput.

  • Complete Access

  • Connect your existing private infrastructure to all of your existing AWS services including EC2, VPC, S3, Glacier and others

COMPLIANCE

  • SOC 1

  • SOC 2

  • SOC 2-HIPAA

  • PCI

  • ISO 27001

  • HITRUST

  • FISMA

Switchboard Interconnection Service allows connection with the ecosystem of data centers, carriers and AWS, Azure and Google clouds in minutes.

Hybrid Colocation was strategically designed to provide colocation solutions that integrate with the world’s largest public clouds via SDN-enabled connectivity - seamlessly. 

The Service Delivery Platform (SDP) allows customers real-time visibility and access to their critical environments from one fully integrated platform