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Web Host Industry Review - Latisys Expands Chicago Data Center by 48K Square Feet

By Justin Lee, July 14, 2010


(WEB HOST INDUSTRY REVIEW) — Data center operator Latisys (www.latisys.com) announced on Wednesday it has significantly expanded its Chicago-area data center facility in Oak Brook, Illinois.

Dubbed Latisys CH2, the expanded facility will now provide customers in the Chicago metro area and surrounding Midwest markets with about 136,000 gross square feet of space.

The data center is tied directly to existing fiber carriers in the building, will be monitored 24-hour by on-site NOC personnel and systems, and will be operated under SAS70 Type II procedures, which it completed in February.

The expansion space comes equipped with 32,000 square feet of immediately available, raised floor data center space, as well as an initial 5MW of utility power and 1.2MW of generator power which will be upgraded in early 2011.

Latisys continues to see consistent and growing demand in the Chicago-area and each of its geographically diverse markets among organizations for its managed hosting, medium/high density colocation and disaster recovery services.

The colocation provider was recently awarded a $3.4 million contract to provide colocation services to the State of Illinois Department of Central Management Services.

"Facility expansion at our Chicago-area data center colocation facility isn't just about supporting new customers, but ensuring that existing Latisys customers have the scalability, flexibility and agility they need to grow and thrive," says Kevin Knight, regional sales director of, Latisys-Chicago. "Throughout the Chicago area, power and space remain at a premium, which is why more companies are choosing to outsource their IT infrastructure to Latisys."

The suburban Chicago data center offers a wide range of managed services including network management, managed server hosting, server virtualization, storage, backup, replication and security services.