Chicago Data Center Market Update 2011

Steadfast Networks Goes SSAE 16

The Chicago-based hosting and colocation provider, Steadfast Networks, recently announced that both of their Data Centers located in Chicago and Data Centers located in New York successfully completed an Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 audit. “We are extremely happy to have completed this recent third-party audit,” says Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks. “We have always focused our resources on giving our customers the standards of security they require in all of our policies and procedures, so this SSAE 16 audit was treated as a matter of priority. Now, we are pleased to be one of the first SSAE 16 compliant data center facilities in the USA, giving every one of our clients the confidence to attract new customers.” This new audit requires the facility’s data access dependability, network security and data redundancy to be meet a set of standards, which is check and tested by a third-party. Data Center Research has pointed out that these audits, although costly, provide a sense of valuable security for their clients. “At Steadfast Networks, we understand the importance of third-party reassurance when it comes to safeguards for hosted data,” says Zimmerman. “Knowing that your data is adequately protected and accessible helps to keep your business running and to attract new clients. That is why we have treated SSAE 16 with such priority, and that is why we will continue to strive for operational excellence and compliance across our data centers in the future. We love it when customers grow with us and aim to remove every barrier that could prevent that.” By providing this compliance, Steadfast Networks is pioneering a valuable concept for data protection.

Hostway Resigns Boeing Building

Hostway, a Data Center Hosting provider, recently resigned a long term lease for 52,660 square-feet of the Boeing Building in Chicago. The building’s 31,000 square-feet of Data Center space contains 17,000 servers powered by 1,500 kVA which is delivered by five different substations. The Data Center Design consists of several HVAC systems, redundant power source systems, manned security, biometrics and live closed circuit TV security monitored 24/7. Making it one of the largest operating sites in the Chicago Data Center Market.

About WiredRE

The Wired Real Estate Group Inc. (“WiredRE”) is the nation’s leading colocation and data center brokerage firm. The company maintains a proprietary data base of sites and supply / demand trends and conducts detailed primary market research on the colocation and wholesale data center markets, on a facility-by-facility basis. WiredRE uses this proprietary data center research to consult on data center design, equipment, project management, brokerage and finance. The firm has completed over 200 engagements in the last 36 months, including Agilent Technologies, Verizon, and half of the top investment firms in the US. Nationally, the firm represents nearly 1 M square feet of colocation and data center real estate for lease. To search over 1,500 data centers for lease or sale, go to

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