Interconnection and colocation provider Telx today announced a 13,500 square foot expansion of its data center footprint at 350 East Cermak Road, the primary connectivity hub in the Chicago market. The multi-suite expansion doubles the capacity of sellable cabinet equivalents and will enable the company to support up to 300 watts per foot.
Telx says the expansion reflects strong demand within the financial, service provider and enterprise markets for colocation and interconnection services in the Chicago area. "Telx has experienced tremendous growth in our 350 East Cermak Road data center, driven primarily by our success with Financial Markets clients seeking low-latency access to the key financial venues such as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME)," said Brad Hokamp, chief marketing officer for Telx. "Our latest expansion in Chicago demonstrates our commitment to not only meet the needs of financial clients, but also provide an excellent data center environment for the broader enterprise and commercial customers that require high power density and cost effective network connectivity."
Originally developed by the R.R. Donnelley Co. to house the printing presses for the Yellow Book and Sears Catalog, 350 East Cermak was converted to telecom use in 1999, and today it is one of the world’s largest carrier hotels and the nerve center for Chicago’s commodity markets, housing data centers for financial firms attracted by the wealth of peering and connectivity providers among the 70 tenants. The building, which is owned by Digital Realty Trust, tops our recent ranking of the World's Largest Data Centers.