CoreSite Expands in Chicago with Opening of 18MW Colocation Data Center

CoreSite has designed and built a 169,000 square foot colocation data center with a total of 18 megawatts of capacity, known as CH2, in the heart of downtown Chicago. The facility is now open for business.

“Our CH2 Data Center delivers a large and efficient data center design that enables enterprises to solve for mission critical, performance-sensitive hybrid cloud applications, by providing a choice of new purpose-built space versus other market retrofit options,” said Matt Gleason, Vice President and General Manager of the Chicago market, CoreSite.

CoreSite has completed Phase 1 of its CH2 data center, a purpose-built development, representing 56,000 square feet and six megawatts of capacity.

“We designed CH2 to offer a new choice in downtown Chicago for high density, easy interconnection access, and sustainably focused operations, in a highly interconnected campus to appeal to those customers who require high performance and low latency at the edge,” said Brian Warren, Senior Vice President of Development and Product Engineering, CoreSite.

“We believe this new facility will meet our customers’ requirements, providing core retail colocation and scale solutions for high density applications with the extensive connectivity options of a multi-cloud and carrier ecosystem.”

 The CoreSite CH2 data center would feature:

  • Optimized connectivity access – three separate diverse fiber entry routes into the new data center.
  • High-count diverse dark fiber connecting CH2 to CoreSite’s CH1 data center – a highly interconnected Chicago data center, which recently added a Tier 1 cloud provider native cloud onramp.
  • Expansive network options – including leading network providers deploying natively into CH2, as well as 40+ domestic and international carriers, a cross connect away at CH1 on the Chicago campus.
  • Designed for high resiliency – with all systems concurrently maintainable with diverse power delivery paths to the customer during maintenance activities.
  • Sustainability focused – cooling system utilizes economization greater than 60% of the year and achieved Energy Star recognition.
  • Future tax incentives – in progress with the Illinois Dept. of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
  • Best-of-breed solution partners – for hybrid cloud architecture, migration and managed services needs.

“Our CH2 Data Center delivers a large and efficient data center design that enables enterprises to solve for mission critical, performance-sensitive hybrid cloud applications, by providing a choice of new purpose-built space versus other market retrofit options,” said Matt Gleason, Vice President and General Manager of the Chicago market, CoreSite. “The addition of CH2 increases our robust ecosystem to serve customers with one of the most interconnected data center campuses in downtown Chicago.”