CoreSite to expand Chicago data centre campus

WCN Editorial Team 16 Feb 2018 NORTH AMERICA BUSINESS

CoreSite Realty, a US-based provider of data centre and interconnection solutions, has acquired a two-acre land in downtown Chicago, Illinois, to build CH2, a greenfield development of a 175,000ft2, turn-key, four-storey data centre supporting 18 critical megawatts of power capacity.

CoreSite will commence construction on CH2 at the end of 2018 or the beginning of 2019 subject to entitlements and permits.

CoreSite plans to construct the building in three phases, consisting of 6MW of capacity per phase, with a total estimated cost of $190m to $210m at full build-out.

The CH2 data centre will be located one mile from its existing CH1 facility and network node.

CoreSite plans to link the two sites via diverse, high-count, dark fibre to create the type of campus interconnectivity most valued by its customers.

CoreSite’s centralised downtown location, adjacent to the Board of Trade, provides access to exceptionally low-latency connections for the many financial, healthcare, and media companies in this market.

CoreSite’s Chicago campus will provide current and prospective customers with ideal co-location environment for enterprises looking for scalable high-performance capacity to meet high-density compute and storage needs close to the edge.

It will provide access to an already robust community, with high-performance connectivity to more than 30 natively deployed networks; access to leading cloud on-ramps, including AWS Direct Connect, Microsoft Azure ExpressRoute, and Google Cloud Platform.

The campus will also offer access to on-demand cloud services through the CoreSite Open Cloud Exchange; round-the-clock remote hands services from CoreSite’s technicians; tenured on-site facilities and operations team; a 100% uptime SLA guarantee; and compliance support for industry-specific customer requirements.

CoreSite CEO Paul Szurek said: “We are pleased to have acquired land in downtown Chicago, providing us with much-needed capacity to serve new and expansion requirements of current and prospective customers in the fifth largest multi-tenant data centre market in North America.

“We expect CH2 to enhance our ability to compete effectively in the Chicago market for customer requirements seeking a high-performance, cloud-enabled and scalable, higher density co-location solution.”

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