Zayo Opens Colo Facility in Downtown Chicago

The Zayo Group is once again expanding its colocation footprint. This week the company said that its zColo subsidiary is opening a facility in downtown Chicago at 600 South Federal Street, a data center building operated by Digital Realty Trust.  zColo will offer  colocation and interconnection services in the 8,500 square feet carrier-neutral space, which is designed to support up to 200 watts per square foot of power for for high-density applications.

The new site will be zColo’s first location in downtown Chicago and 13th facility in the U.S., and is expected to come online by the end of the second quarter of 2012. The facility will leverage Zayo’s bandwidth Infrastructure, including its metro fiber network in Chicago and its 44,000-mile national network. The facility will offer a new downtown connectivity option to serve financial industry, media and other internet content customers.

“Industry reports show that growth in demand for data center services in Chicago has exceeded supply by 50% over the prior two years,” states Chris Morley, President of zColo. “As a carrier-neutral provider, we plan to partner with other carriers in the Chicago area to support this demand.”

Earlier this month zColo  announced the acquisition of MarquisNet, a data center in Las Vegas. zColo provides 169,000 square feet of data center colocation space in 13 data centers in New York, Newark, Nashville, Los Angeles, Memphis, Tenn, Plymouth, Minn and three cities in Ohio – Cincinnati, Cleveland and Columbus. zColo reported $38.7 million in annualized adjusted revenue and $13.5 million in annualized adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter of 2011.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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