Zayo Group will open its fourth colocation data center in Chicago, adding over 23,000 total square feet and two megawatts (MW) of critical power at 840 South Canal Street. The expansion is driven by strong customer demand in Chicago, including a new agreement with a global software analytics company as an anchor tenant in the colocation space.
Zayo has experienced strong data center demand in Chicago, which is a hub for financial and enterprise infrastructure because of its central location. Demand drivers would also include the growth of cloud computing and as-a-service companies for both primary and backup facilities.
The new data center, which is already on Zayo’s fiber optic network, has “low-latency” connections to Zayo’s downtown data center at 600 South Federal Street and Chicago’s telecommunications hubs, including 350 East Cermak Road.
Inclusive of the expansion, Zayo’s Chicago data center assets grow to an aggregate of 268,000 total square feet and approximately 31 MW of power capacity within the Chicago market, including the existing Federal Street location as well as suburban facilities in Oak Brook and Mount Prospect. The colocation data centers provide access to Zayo’s diverse, high-count fiber network in Chicago.
“Chicago is a nexus for high-bandwidth traffic peering and connectivity, including our long haul dark fiber, which is driving demand in the region,” said TJ Karklins, senior vice president, zColo at Zayo. “Our customers benefit from extensive interconnections within our data centers, access to our global network and an integrated portfolio of communications infrastructure services.”