QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS), an international provider of data centers, managed hosting and cloud services, is nearing completion of Phase 1 construction of a highly secured 317,000 square foot mega data center in Chicago’s downtown corridor scheduled to open mid 2016. QTS currently operates 24 multi-tenant data centers encompassing more than 4.8 million square feet worldwide.
QTS Chicago features the transformation of the iconic ‘Chicago Sun-Times’ facility into a Tier 3 compliant mega data center on Chicago’s south side. It will serve as QTS’ Midwest hub delivering its full portfolio of highly compliant IT Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) featuring customizable data center solutions, colocation, managed hosting, hybrid cloud, and disaster recovery services for the enterprise and government organizations.
Situated on a 30-acre campus, QTS Chicago is highly secured and monitored 24x7x365 by QTS’ Operations Services Center (OSC), and on-site network teams and building management systems.
Phase 1 will include 48,000 square feet of new raised floor and 8 megawatts of critical power. When fully developed, the 317,000 square foot Building 1 will support a total of 133,000 square feet of raised floor encompassing 24 megawatts of power. QTS has the ability to add an additional 213,000 square feet of raised floor and 32 megawatts of power in Building 2 for a total of 346,000 square feet of raised floor and 56 megawatts of power within the campus.
“Chicago has rapidly become a destination of choice for large and midsize enterprises looking to outsource data center and IT infrastructure services,” said Rick Kurtzbein, Research Analyst with 451 Research. “With capacity constrained in downtown Chicago, 451 believes the addition of 317,000 square feet of new multitenant data center space will be both well received and disruptive reflecting the city’s need both for new capacity and increasing demand for IT infrastructure outsourcing across industries.”
QTS Chicago’s key features would meet a variety of critical business drivers for enterprise, financial and government organizations including:
- Integrated data center platform – QTS’ interconnected global platform delivers a hybrid suite of cloud computing and infrastructure services ranging from data center outsourcing, colocation, managed hosting and private cloud, managed storage, server virtualization, backup, replication, and managed security services.
- Connectivity, Capacity, and Proximity – “Robust connectivity” including direct access to long haul fiber networks for enterprises in the Central Business District and surrounding areas for low latency. A variety of telecommunication, fiber and dark fiber carriers will be in place with others expressing interest in establishing a presence based on QTS’ plans for additional enterprise, government and service provider customers coming online.
- Flexible, tailored solutions – QTS would provide a collaborative, high-touch enterprise approach focused on the dynamic needs of today’s agile enterprises who seek a single IaaS partner that can right-size flexible and scalable IT solutions for today and tomorrow.
- Innovations in cooling and power efficiency – Taking advantage of the local climate with modular, dry KyotoWheel technology, QTS Chicago was built to achieve an annualized power usage effectiveness (PUE) of 1.17.
“The Chicago market is strong and represents a natural next step in QTS‘ expansion strategy,” said Dan Bennewitz, Chief Operations Officer, Sales and Marketing, QTS. “Our downtown mega data center is world-class and purpose built to deliver secure, scalable and highly flexible IT infrastructure solutions for organizations seeking both high performance and business value.”