Latisys Expands Suburban Chicago Data Center
Inside a Latisys data center in the Chicago market (Photo: Latisys)

Latisys Expands Suburban Chicago Data Center

As market continues growing, provider brings 3.6 megawatts of additional capacity online

Latisys has commissioned 25,000 square feet of raised floor in its suburban Chicago data center. The new build is called DC-06 and comes with an additional 3.6 megawatts of critical power. The company will make space available in increments.

The 146,000 square foot Chicago data center campus serves as the company's Midwest hub. Denver serves as a potential disaster recovery site for Chicago customers. Its other data centers are located in Southern California and Northern Virginia. Latisys also recently deployed Cloud-Enabled Systems Infrastructure (CESI) in London.

Latisys specializes in tailored, hands-on solutions in addition to colocation space. Its CESI is a hybrid suite of cloud computing and infrastructure services that includes colocation, managed hosting and private cloud, managed storage, backup, replication, and security services. The company does well with enterprises seeking hybrid configurations that leverage the right product and setup for the right application.

Latisys Chicago is in close proximity to downtown Chicago and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, offering low latency to the Central Business District and surrounding areas.

The company's Chicago story began in August of 2008, when it purchased the Stargate facility under its former name of Managed Data Holdings. The company expanded in Chicago by 9,000 square feet in 2009, added 32,000 square feet the following year and another 10,000 in 2012 as part of an expansion in four different markets.

The metro's two markets

Downtown Chicago and the suburbs are two distinct markets. The suburbs began as primarily a disaster recovery location but have grown in popularity for primary infrastructure as server huggers have learned to not hug so tight. Latisys’ hands-on managed hosting and cloud also means less need for the customer to be a stone’s throw away from their servers.

Colocation pricing remains stable in both markets, though downtown continues to go for a premium. Due to tight supplies, the new expansion is welcome among Chicago-based organizations whose existing capacity has been reached or whose limited power densities make it difficult to grow efficiently.

Supply is particularly tight downtown, although projects such as McHugh’s planned 350,000 square foot facility, Centerpoint's construction close to 350 E. Cermak, and QTS’ Chicago Sun-Times plant acquisition all mean lots of capacity is in the pipeline. There are also Ascent Corp., Digital Capital and Server Farm Realty, among others.

In the suburbs, providers other than Latisys include DuPont Fabros Technology, Forsythe Technology, ByteGrid, Server Farm Realty and Continuum.

“Chicago’s western suburbs continue to gain in popularity as the primary alternative for Chicago enterprises looking for new capacity and the ability to extend their infrastructure nationally and internationally,” said Doug Butler, Latisys CFO and president of colocation services.

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