The World's Largest Data Centre

May 1, 2014
Kevin Hohman

The world today is inundated with data. And with that massive amount of data comes a need for immense data centres.

Data Centre Knowledge, a prominent online source for news and information about data centres, recognizes that "the mega-data centre has become a staple of our global technology infrastructure." To that end, they recently compiled a list of the world's largest data centres.

Ranging anywhere from 400,000 to 1.1 million square feet, Data Centre Knowledge's list covers single-building facilities dedicated to data centre use-they've excluded multi-facility campuses and mixed-use buildings. Although we definitely recommend giving the list a look, we're proud to say that we have a hand in the world's largest data centre.

At the top of the list? 350 East Cermak in Chicago, coming in at 1.1 million square feet. 350 East Cermak is home to the Lakeside Technology Centre. It was converted to telecom use in 1999, and today is one of the world's largest carrier hotels. It's also "the nerve centre for Chicago's commodity markets, housing data centres for financial firms attracted by the wealth of peering and connectivity providers amongst the 70 tenants."

As Data Centre Knowledge notes, one of the most distinctive features of the facility is its cooling system-an 8.5 million gallon tank of a refrigerated brine-like liquid. You can find more information about that cooling system and the rest of the data centre here.

How does Telx play into the equation at 350 East Cermak? Since 2006, the Telx CHI1 data centre has been active in the Lakeside Technology Centre, providing access to over 40 of the leading domestic and international carriers and physical connection points of the world's telecommunications networks and Internet backbones.

With over 8 stories, 59,000 square feet, 8000 kW utility power capacity, N+1-2N UPS redundancy, 24x365 manned security, SOC 2 compliance, and more, CHI1 at 350 East Cermak is a top-of-the-line data centre serving some of Chicago's most important digital infrastructure. We are glad to be a part of Lakeside Technology Centre, and were excited to see it top off the list of the world's largest data centres.

If you'd like to learn more about CHI1 and its place within the world's largest data centre, just let us know! You can connect with us through the contact page of our site, or by Facebook or Twitter.

Check out part two and video tour in this follow up blog - "Revisiting the World's largests Data Centre"

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