Cloud storage provider SingleHop announced in early December that their newest Chicago data center has officially opened for business.
The $30 million facility, located within one of Digital Realty’s existing Chicago data center campuses, hosts data for more than 5,000 customers around the world, including The Federal Savings Bank of Chicago, which hosts its infrastructure with SingleHop. The new site offers 13,000 square feet of available space and the capacity for 20,000 servers. The state-of-the-art facility employs advanced physical security techniques like checkpoints, guards and iris scanners, as well as data security measures such as highly redundant power sources.
The new facility will replace two existing Illinois data centers used by SingleHop and will offer nearly twice the available space. Consolidating two sites into one helps save the company time, as there will be less physical space to cover. SingleHop’s vice president of product, Jordan Jacobs, said that the average system tech is now walking two miles per day when they once walked nine, saving multiple minutes when responding to network issues or working to prevent costly downtime.
The Illinois data center will help to support SingleHop’s custom-built network, which incorporates third-party technologies and a proprietary automation engine.
“Underneath the hood, data center infrastructure is a primary building block that supports a sophisticated stack of enterprise-grade gear running on high-capacity networks and drawing large quantities of power; legacy infrastructure does not always do the trick,” said Philbert Shih, SingleHop founder and managing director of structure research. “So building from the ground up, with updated technologies and advanced redundant design to meet these complex requirements, has increasingly become table stakes.”
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