QTS plans 317,000 square feet of capacity, 24 megawatts of power in new Chicago data center

QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS) said it is nearing completion of Phase 1 construction of a highly secure 317,000 square foot mega data center in Chicago´s downtown corridor scheduled to open mid 2016.

QTS currently operates 24 multi-tenant data centers encompassing more than 4.8 million square feet worldwide.

QTS Chicago features the transformation of the iconic Chicago Sun-Times facility into a Tier 3 compliant mega data center on Chicago´s south side. It will serve as QTS´ Midwest hub delivering its full portfolio of highly compliant IT infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) featuring customizable data center solutions, colocation hosting, managed hosting, hybrid cloud, and disaster recovery services for the enterprise and government organizations.

Situated on a 30 acre campus, QTS Chicago is highly secure and monitored 24x7x365 by QTS´ Operations Services Center (OSC), and on-site network teams and building management systems.

Phase 1 will include 48,000 square feet of new raised floor and 8 megawatts of critical power. When fully developed, the 317,000 square foot Building 1 will support a total of 133,000 square feet of raised floor encompassing 24 megawatts of power. QTS has the ability to add an additional 213,000 square feet of raised floor and 32 megawatts of power in Building 2 for a total of 346,000 square feet of raised floor and 56 megawatts of power within the campus.

Chicago has long been a business hub and is a center of high performance, next-generation technology service providers. Its vast fiber network infrastructure, and reliable and abundant energy serves the region´s dispersed business community, including the financial services, healthcare, technology and consumer packaged goods industries.

QTS Realty Trust provides secure, compliant data center solutions, hybrid cloud and fully managed services. QTS´ integrated technology service platform of custom data center (C1), colocation (C2) and cloud and managed services (C3) provides flexible, scalable, secure IT solutions for web and IT applications.