Telx Adds Capacity In Chicago’s Digital Fortress at 350 East Cermak

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An aerial view of 350 East Cermak, the huge Chicago data hub operated by Digital Realty Trust. Telx has expanded its presence in the building with two new data suites.

Colocation and interconnection specialist Telx is adding 1.2 megawatts of capacity in its primary Chicago facility, located in Digital Realty’s huge data hub at at 350 East Cermak. It’s additional space in market where it’s scarce and dear, and within the city’s primary internet hub, the 1.1 million square foot digital fortress that is 350 East Cermak.

The 1.2 megawatts will be spread across two new suites developed by Digital Realty. Telx signed new leases and took possession of these spaces when previous tenants moved out, retrofitting the space to meet its design standards.

Telx now operates 8 suites in the building, exceeding 3.7 megawatts of high density colocation space, making it one of the biggest multi-tenant providers the building.

Connectivity is Critical

Expanding in such a hub plays right into Telx’s connectivity-centric strategy. The expansion enables new and existing clients to grow amidst a bustling ecosystem of cloud services, digital media, financial markets and enterprises of various size that call the hub home.

“Chicago is a critical marketplace for not only financial services, but content and digital media as well,” said Ron Sterbenz, senior vice president of product and marketing for Telx. “The power and capacity expansion in such a globally important location for enterprises to deploy and connect key edge applications is further proof of Telx’s commitment to provide best-in class services for the continued growth of our clients. CHI1 offers a high degree of interconnectivity between enterprises as well as an ideal facility for businesses ecosystems across the economic spectrum.”

350 E Cermak in downtown Chicago is a storied and very recognizable building. At a staggering 1.1 million square feet, it’s critical to the global business community. Telx operates the Meet Me Room (MMR) there, the critical interconnection area that’s arguably the heart of the building.

Connection has always been a large part of how Telx differentiates. Telx facilities are well connected facilities, with this one providing access to more than 40 leading domestic and international carriers. Located in the South Loop of the Chicago Central Business District, the CH1 facility offers access to the CME/LNET Exchanges, direct access to SFTI Network and other carriers via fiber to the other suites within the building.

“Telx’s expansion strategy as well as their ability to foster new business connections for our company via their robust ecosystem was a big factor in our decision to nearly triple our suite space in Telx’s Cermak CH1 facility,” said Tom Guinan, executive vice president & chief technology officer for Advantage Futures, a futures clearing firm.

About the Author

Jason Verge is an Editor/Industry Analyst on the Data Center Knowledge team with a strong background in the data center and Web hosting industries. In the past he’s covered all things Internet Infrastructure, including cloud (IaaS, PaaS and SaaS), mass market hosting, managed hosting, enterprise IT spending trends and M&A. He writes about a range of topics at DCK, with an emphasis on cloud hosting.

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