The Nasdaq OMX Group's Virginia data center is moving from Ashburn to Chicago, Illinois to the Equinix CH4 facility at 350 E. Cermak, a major carrier hotel and data center hub in the area.
This move has two apparent motivations. The first is based on customer feedback, according to Nasdaq OMX Group. However, the shift also provides better geographic diversity for the organization. The transition to Chicago will allow them to connect to different financial data centers in and around Chicago and reduced networking costs.
The Nasdaq Stock Market and Options Market will be online in Chicago in August, before the feeds shut down in Ashburn next January. The disaster recovery options the center also provides will move along through the remainder of the year, with everything in place by early 2016.
Nasdaq's service portfolio includes not only connection to financial markets, but also data center colocation and high speed services.
This move comes on the heels of other recent center shuffles by Nasdaq. Its primary data center in the Nordic regions has moved from Lunda to a DigiPlex facility in Sweden in 2014.
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