SingleHop Opens Chicago Data Center After $30 Million Investment

SingleHop, a provider of on-demand hosted private clouds and managed hosting, has launched its newest and largest data center facility in Franklin Park in Illinois, Chicago. SingleHop custom-built a network from the ground up and a data center to meet the growing demand for SingleHop’s most popular infrastructure product category: hosted private cloud solutions.

Demand for SingleHop’s private cloud offering has grown steadily since last year, making it the company’s fastest growing product segment. Enterprises deploy hosted private clouds as an alternative to on-premise private clouds, colocation and even large-scale deployments within public mega-clouds because they would offer a faster time to market, a superior blend of features and better economics than traditional infrastructure options.

singlehop-private-cloudHosted private clouds are especially preferable for a wide range of enterprise workloads from ERP systems to large-scale HIPAA and PCI compliant environments, according to SingleHop. The company recognized that a larger, more sophisticated data center and network design was required to meet the specific needs of hosted private cloud deployments.

A $30 million, 10-year investment, SingleHop’s new Chicago-area data center is located in a new, carrier-neutral Digital Reality Trust campus. The data center is the company’s largest and most sophisticated. Some of the core features of the new data center include:

  • Highly redundant (N2) core electrical and environmental systems
  • Approximately 13,000 square feet of whitespace with adjacent space for expansion
  • Capacity for up to 20,000 servers
  • On-site network operations center staffed 24×7

SingleHop’s new data center features software-defined networking, designed for both capacity and security, which facilitates faster time to market for private cloud solutions. The new facility includes advanced security features that provide 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week on-site surveillance, dual checkpoints, and numerous layers of biometric security, including fingerprint and iris scanners.

“Enterprises are adopting our hosted private cloud service at a rapid rate because it offers the same level of agility and control as a public cloud services do, but with fixed economics and the white glove service that enterprises have come to expect from SingleHop,” said Zak Boca, Chief Executive Officer of SingleHop. “We’re committed to meeting this demand at every level, which is why we have invested tens of millions of dollars and extensive planning into this new facility.”

SingleHop currently has data centers strategically located in Chicago, Phoenix, and Amsterdam.