WHIR: Latisys Completes 10,000 Square Foot Expansion for Chicago Data Center

Latisys Completes 10,000 Square Foot Expansion for Chicago Data Center
By Justin Lee

Infrastructure as a service provider Latisys announced on Friday it has expanded its Tier III Chicago data center (CHI-02) with an added 10,000 square feet of raised floor data center space and 1.35 MW of additional critical power.

The expansion of Latisys’ CHI-02 data center reflects an increasing national market demand for data center, hosting and cloud services. 

Located in Oak Brook, Illinois, the data center serves as the Midwest hub of Latisy’s national IaaS platform, which includes Denver as an ideal disaster recovery site and Southern California and Northern Virginia as gateways to Asia Pacific, Europe, and South America.

The latest expansion brings CHI-02’s total data center space of 49,000 square feet, and its power and cooling capabilities to deliver 175 to 225 watts per square foot of usable data center space.

In a Data Center Knowledge report (Latisys Adds 10,000 SF, 1.35 MW in Chicago), Jason Verge points out thatLatisys’ national expansion started last year and well into 2013, with the construction of Latisys’ Orange County data center, the opening of its DEN-02 in Denver and Latisys’ expanded ASH1 facility in Northern Virginia.

Latisys recently secured a new $200 million credit facility including a 6-year, $180 million institutional term loan and a 5-year $20 million revolving credit facility, enabling the IaaS provider to better fund its data center growth.

CHI2 is tied directly to existing fiber carriers in the buildings, 24-hour monitored by on-site NOC personnel and systems, and operated under SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3 audited controls, replacing the SAS 70 guidebook.

Latisys delivers several key features to meet a specific business drivers, including the capacity to meet increasing demand for power and space among Chicago-based organizations, key proximity to downtown Chicago and CME, flexible, tailored solutions to meet the dynamic needs of businesse, end-to-end IT outsourcing platform spanning colocation, managed hosting and cloud, and a full suite of managed services including network management, managed server hosting, server virtualization, storage, backup, replication and security services.

“Chicago is a very important market and key component of our national IT infrastructure as a service platform,” said Pete Stevenson, CEO of Latisys. “We remain focused on providing new and existing enterprise customers with the highest quality data centers powering innovative and highly secure, hybrid IT infrastructure solutions.”

Earlier this month, Latisys launched its disaster recovery as a service offering.

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