The Windy City of Chicago is the third-most populous in the U.S. and the most important Illinois colocation spot. The state is home to many Fortune 500 companies—including Walgreens, Boeing, Caterpillar, and McDonald’s. The Chicago area is also a place where technology and tech expos abound—from conferences, trade shows, summits, and seminars.
Formed in the 1960s, the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor is home to the headquarters or regional centers for many Fortune 1000 companies, including many specializing in research, development, and logistics. Chicago has also become a world-class hub for tech talent and a top startup ecosystem in the U.S., driven by economic diversity and access to technology pros.
World Business Chicago states Chicago now plays in the top-tier tech league of San Francisco, New York, Boston and Los Angeles. Also, as a key launchpad for connectivity and cloud services, hyperscaler cloud providers and social media giants recognize the value of expanding operations in Chicago to provision applications benefitting from the low latency of edge computing based near large end-user bases.
Chicago’s population base and its location in the Central Time Zone make the four DataBank colocation data centers ideal for delivering edge computing services to the heartland of the U.S. In addition, companies with primary data centers on the east and west coast—as well as those in Minnesota, Kansas and other Midwest states—can utilize the data centers for disaster recovery. Taking this approach ensures business continuity by relying on a remote geographic zone for failover operations.
Our colocation data centers play a role in the mission of the City of Chicago to leverage technology to improve and expand city programs and services. In addition, Chicago aims to develop public access to technology across the metro area and is pursuing other digital excellence initiatives that encourage residents, businesses, and communities to participate fully in 21st century online economic and social spheres.
The four DataBank Chicago data center colocation facilities are conveniently located in both the downtown area and in the suburbs. Together, they offer more than 132,000 sq. ft. of data center space and 14 megawatts of power. These facilities also provide access to a broad range of fiber, Internet, and connectivity options. Each facility offers amenities that include loading docks, package service, parking, conference rooms, office space, break rooms, workspace, and Wi-Fi.
Total Square Feet
ORD1: Chicago Loop
600 South Federal Street
8,000 square feet, 1 MW of critical IT load
ORD2: Downtown Chicago
Near Little Italy
840 S. Canal Street
10,000 square feet, 2 MW of critical IT load
ORD3: Mount Prospect, IL
25 minutes from O’Hare Airport
800 E. Business Center Drive
28,000 square feet, 2.1 MW of critical IT load
ORD4: Tri-State Data Center-Oak Brook, IL
30 minutes from downtown Chicago
1808 Swift Drive – Oak Brook, IL
86,000 square feet, 8.8 MW of critical IT load
*World Business Chicago
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