Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Digital Realty Plans to Build Really Big in Chicago

Digital Realty plans to expand its colocation facility on Cermak Road in Chicago into one of the largest data centers in the world.

Specifically, CBRE Group has commenced pre-leasing for a new data center at 330 East Cermak Road in Chicago, to be developed by Digital Realty on a site adjacent to Lakeside Technology Center at 350 Cermak, which is one of the largest existing data centers in the U.S. at 1.1 million square feed and also one of the largest interconnection hubs in the world with over 110 service providers in the building.

Upon completion, which is expected to be within two years of breaking ground, the 330 East Cermak data center will provide up to 698,000 square feet and 54 megawatts of utility load. The new data center building will be 12 stories high and will provide zero-latency connections to the meet-me-rooms at 350 East Cermak.
“Data center demand is surging, driven by the rapid growth of cloud adoption and corporate IT outsourcing,” said Todd Bateman, North American Agency Practice Leader for CBRE’s Data Center Solutions Group.  “Demand is outpacing supply, both at the national level and within the Chicago area in particular.  The state-of-the-art proposed design at 330 East Cermak, along with the proximity to Lakeside Technology Center at 350 East Cermak, would address market demand and provide prospective customers with the expansion capacity and network density to meet their colocation and interconnection needs.”

“We are delighted to be working with CBRE to build upon the success of our connected campus strategy in Chicago,” said A. William Stein, Digital Realty’s Chief Executive Officer.  “With the expansion of our Cermak flagship, Digital Realty will be even better positioned to future-proof our customers’ growth, while simultaneously satisfying their most performance-sensitive requirements.”