Wholesale data center operator and colocation services provider DuPont Fabros Technologies announced mid-July the launch of Phase I of its second Chicago data center. The facility, CH2, sits on 15 acres west of downtown Chicago. Phase I currently provides 7.1 MW and 45,000 square feet of data center real estate, but when fully developed the entire facility will cover 336,000 square feet and offer 25.6 MW.
The company has already leased 20 percent of Phase I of the facility and attributes the first lease to an attractive Chicago computing market and demand due to customer growth.
"There are many reasons for us to expand our presence in Chicago, including customer demand, Cook County's competitive power rates, enhanced accessibility to O'Hare International Airport and Chicago's reputation as one of the country's leading telecommunications infrastructure cities," said Chris Eldredge, president and CEO of DuPont Fabros.
DuPont Fabros already operates one Chicago data center, CH1, which sits across the street from CH2. The company purchased the land for CH2 in 2013 for $14.2 million.
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