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Chicago 2 (CHI-2) Data Center
N+2 Military-Class, Tier-3 Suburban Chicago Facility.
CHI-2 is our largest data center facility. With three computer rooms, nearly 8,000 servers, 30 full-time employees, it is a bustling, highly dynamic operations center and the nerve center of our Chicago operations. The facility is entirely N+2 redundant; each computer room (we have 3) has its own dual backup generators, dual-feed Internet, and redundant network.
|Official Name||Chicago 2 (CHI-2)|
|Physical Location||Elk Grove Village, IL|
|Security||N + 2 – Physical Guards, Access Control, Biometrics, Security Cameras, Key Cards|
|Max Server Capacity||Over 10,000|
Network Speed Test
Test the speed of the network by downloading a speed-test file. These files are located in CHI-2 (Elk Grove Village, IL).
*Download will begin immediately.
Server models available in this data center:
|Intel Core i5-760(PDF)||4x2.8GHz||16 GB DDR3||2x500 GB SATA||10TB||105||$159||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon Lynnfield X3430(PDF)||4x2.4GHz||16 GB DDR3||2x500 GB SATA||10TB||18||$169||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon E3-1230v1(PDF)||4x3.2GHz||16 GB DDR3||1x500 GB SATA||10TB||50||$179||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon E3-1230v2(PDF)||4x3.2GHz||8 GB DDR3||1x500 GB SATA||10TB||50||$189||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon E3-1230v3(PDF)||4x3.2GHz||8 GB DDR3||1x500 GB SATA||10TB||76||$199||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon E3-1270v1(PDF)||4x3.5GHz||8 GB DDR3||1x500 GB SATA||10TB||2||$209||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon E3-1270v2(PDF)||4x3.5GHz||8 GB DDR3||1x500 GB SATA||10TB||2||$219||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon E3-1270v3(PDF)||4x3.5GHz||8 GB DDR3||1x500 GB SATA||10TB||13||$229||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon 5520(PDF)||4x2.26GHz||32 GB DDR3||4x500 GB SATA||10TB||105||$259||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon 5620(PDF)||4x2.4GHz||32 GB DDR3||2x500 GB SATA||10TB||409||$269||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon E5-2620v1(PDF)||6x2.0GHz||16 GB DDR3||1x500 GB SATA||10TB||54||$279||Order Now|
|Intel Xeon E5-2620v2(PDF)||6x2.0GHz||16 GB DDR3||1x500 GB SATA||10TB||54||$289||Order Now|
|Intel Dual Xeon 5520(PDF)||8x2.26GHz||64 GB DDR3||4x500 GB SATA||10TB||105||$339||Order Now|
|Intel Dual Xeon 5620(PDF)||8x2.4GHz||32 GB DDR3||2x500 GB SATA||10TB||409||$349||Order Now|
|Intel Dual Xeon E5-2620v1(PDF)||12x2.0GHz||16 GB DDR3||1x500 GB SATA||10TB||54||$359||Order Now|
|Intel Dual Xeon E5-2620v2(PDF)||12x2.0GHz||16 GB DDR3||1x500 GB SATA||10TB||118||$369||Order Now|
Data Center Photos
Empty Computer Room
Chicago 2 is organized into computer rooms, each one about 30,000 square feet in size. This is the view of a brand new, empty computer room at the facility. We occupy three rooms like this within the data center.
Outside Chiller and Water Storage
The facility is designed to be self-sustaining and that includes cooling systems. In this view, you can see one of two chiller bays that surround the facility. These provide cold water. In the event of a water system or electrical failure, the large tank contains enough water to cool the facility for several days. Gravity forces the water to flow into the chiller system.
Industrial Fly-wheel UPS System
Using an advanced, helium-based fly-wheel, UPS offers a number of advantages over traditional UPS systems (which use battery bays). The system provides uninterrupted power during the time in between a power grid failure and generator output. Since generators take about 6 seconds to start up, this system is only designed to provide redundant power for a couple of minutes. Unlike a battery system, it is always actively cleaning the electricity in the data center and does not require replacement of battery units.
Close Up View of Backup Generator
Chicago 2 features a robust power infrastructure, including these 16-cylinder diesel backup generators. These generators can power the facility for several weeks if there is a long-term power grid failure. Because of the facilities designation, it will also receive fuel at priority level should the generators ever need to be activated long term.
Data Center Specifications for Chicago 2
Detailed environmental, security, and design notes and important fact points about this facility.
- 24/7 staffing with SingleHop engineers
- Operations of 8,000+ servers
- Replacement part inventory for all servers
- 100% Cisco powered network
- 100% Cisco private network
- 2,600kW of critical load
- 240 Watts per square foot
- 450 Pounds per square foot
- Single story
- 42 inch raised flooring
- 8 x 40 ton cooling units
- 16 x backup generators
- 6 x UPS systems
- Capacity for 10,000+ servers
- 24/7 physical guarded security
- Biometric and keycard security controls
- 200 security cameras with 24/7 recording
- Pre-action fire suppression system
- 2 x utility feeds
Tours of this Data Center are Available
Schedule a live, in-person tour today of this data center with one of our Data Center Engineers. You will see how it’s all done, from the generators, to the cooling system, to the data center floor itself.
To access our data center, you will need to bring with you a photo ID. Please only wear closed shoes, no sandals or open footwear. Please do not bring any knives or weapons, any liquids or foods, or any chemicals. You must bring a government-issued, valid, and active photo ID. Security reserves the right to deny access to any person who does not meet the above qualifications or for any other reason if it believes that introducing that person into the facility could create any hazard. Please be aware that you will be escorted the entire time you are in the facility. Do not touch anything and have a good time.
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