CHICAGO, IL – NTT Ltd., one of the world’s largest data center and technology services providers, today announced that its Global Data Centers Americas division is rapidly passing several key construction milestones as it targets an opening date for a new Chicago data center campus by early 2021. This campus will be a key strategic addition to NTT Ltd.’s global data center portfolio, which operates the third-largest data center platform in the world, with over 160 data centers spanning more than 20 countries and regions.
Located near Chicago in Itasca, Illinois, NTT’s new 19-acre campus will have two buildings offering a total of 72 megawatts of critical IT load. Each of the two buildings will offer 36 megawatts and 250,000 sq. ft. of space spread over two stories. The first six megawatts of critical IT load will be available by early 2021.
“The first building on our Chicago Data Center campus is standing up its core and shell now,” said Doug Adams, President and CEO of NTT Global Data Centers Americas (formerly known as RagingWire Data Centers). “By using modular construction techniques, economies of scale, and carefully planned supply chain management, we have lowered construction costs and will be able to affordably offer all the space and critical IT power needed to help companies grow and scale their data center presence as their business needs evolve.”
NTT chose to build in Chicago because of a compelling list of benefits for data center customers. Chicago has an extensive fiber network, affordable electricity, minimal risk of natural disasters, nearby airports, and abundant amenities. In addition, Illinois recently passed a bill that exempts qualifying data centers from paying state and local sales tax on equipment such as servers and storage racks.
“Tax incentives make Chicago one of the most affordable national markets for data center clients,” said Andy Cvengros, Senior Vice President of JLL. “We anticipate that an uptick in leasing activity will occur in 2020, with major cloud companies continuing to expand in the Chicagoland market.”
The two data centers on NTT’s Chicago campus will be designed with customizable high-density vaults in order to support both single-user and colocation requirements of hyperscale cloud and enterprise clients. Power and cooling systems will offer a 100% availability SLA by leveraging a “4 to make 3 design” to provide N+1 redundancy at the rack level.
Choices for network connectivity will be plentiful in a carrier-neutral environment with access to many global and regional carriers, Internet service providers, and cloud services. Clients will be supported 24x7x365 by highly-trained staff experts in operations, facilities management, security, and shipping & receiving.
Itasca is in a prime area for wholesale data centers, which includes Franklin Park and Elk Grove Village. Data center customers will appreciate NTT’s campus location in the Hamilton Lakes Business Park, at the intersection of the new Elgin O’Hare Expressway (I-390) and I-355. Hamilton Lakes Business Park is only 15 minutes from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport and features the Westin Hotel, the Hamilton Lakes Athletic Club, a daycare center, walking paths around lakes, and various restaurants and delicatessens.
Downtown commuters will find easy access to NTT’s Chicago Data Center Campus through the use of DASH cars, which are 100 percent electric vehicles that go from the Itasca Metra Station to the business park in just a few minutes.
About NTT Ltd.
NTT Ltd. is a leading global technology services company. We partner with organizations around the world to shape and achieve outcomes through intelligent technology solutions. For us, intelligent means data driven, connected, digital and secure. As a global ICT provider, we employ more than 40,000 people in a diverse and dynamic workplace that spans 57 countries, trading in 73 countries and delivering services in over 200 countries and regions. Together we enable the connected future. Visit us at our new website hello.global.ntt.
About the Global Data Centers division of NTT Ltd.
Global Data Centers is a division of NTT Ltd. and incorporates DPA, e-shelter, Gyron, Netmagic, NTT Indonesia Nexcenter, RagingWire and other NTT Communications group Data Center divisions. Our combined global platform is one of the largest in the world, with over 160 data centers spanning more than 20 countries and regions including North America, Europe, Africa and APAC. As a neutral operator, we offer access to multiple cloud providers, a large variety of Internet Exchanges and telecommunication network providers including our own IPv6 compliant, tier-one global IP network. Our clients benefit from tailored infrastructure and experience consistent best practices in design and operations across all of our highly reliable, scalable, and customizable data centers.