Responding to increasing enterprise demand for mission critical data center capacity in the Chicago suburbs, Latisys – a hybrid cloud hosting and services provider- has completed construction and is preparing to commission an additional 24,400 square feet of new high-density raised floor at its Oak Brook, Illinois data center campus 18 miles west of downtown Chicago.
The new data center build-out creates “CHI-06” and features an additional 3.6 megawatts of critical power – adding capacity at Latisys’ Tier III, high-density Chicago datacenter campus, which has a total of 148,000 square feet now.
Latisys also announced that NORC at the University of Chicago (NORC) has signed an early occupancy agreement, making it the first tenant in CHI-06. NORC is an independent research organization that collaborates with government agencies, foundations, education institutions, nonprofit organizations, and businesses to provide data and analysis that support informed decision making in key areas including health, education, economics, crime, justice, and energy.
“Confidentiality is central to NORC’s mission,” said Ron Jurek, Chief Information Officer and Executive Vice President of Operations at NORC at the University of Chicago. “We obtain confidential data on a daily basis. This requires a highly flexible IT environment that emphasizes best-in-class security to ensure both the fidelity of the data we collect as well as unparalleled performance for our customers. Latisys’ Chicago data center campus provides us the flexibility and reliability to support our current and expanding business needs.”
NORC is also evaluating Latisys’ Ashburn, Virginia data center campus for additional resiliency and redundancy solutions.
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