Telx is expanding its data center space in Chicago, acquiring an additional 5,000 square feet of colocation space at 350 East Cermak, the huge Chicago carrier hotel operated by Digital Realty Trust (DLR). The new space can accommodate 200 cabinets, and will seamlessly connect to the existing Meet Me Room that Telx manages at the building. The growth in Chicago follows similar expansions for Telx in the two largest carrier hotels in New York, 60 Hudson Street and 111 8th Avenue.
Telx, which specializes in interconnections, said the expansion was driven by "continuing strong demand Telx across various vertical markets, including both the financial sector and the traditional service provider sectors." The company has also seen growth in the volume of communications traffic between New York and Chicago.
"350 East Cermak in Chicago is where you meet most of the global networks," said Shane Hampton, Vice President, and Market Development for Business Only Broadband. "Anyone that has their own network facilities has space in the building, either in the Meet Me Room or the building itself. Telx provides a fundamental service in the Chicago market offering infrastructure to facilitate cross-connections to an array of global networks and end users."
"Telx continues to be a leader in interconnection and colocation in Chicago," said Eric Shepcaro, CEO and Chairman of Telx. "I am proud to say that Telx continues to see growth in the Midwest's most prominent telecommunications building, 350 East Cermak, in addition to our other facility in the market at 600 South Federal."
Telx said its business experienced substantial growth in the first quarter of 2008, when it added 27 new customers and 1,300 cross connections. The company is forecasting year-over-year revenue growth in excess of 40 percent. Earlier this month Telx announced that it had acquired the Atlanta Internet Exchange (AIX) and has launched a new peering exchange at 120 East Van Buren in Phoenix.