Element Critical to Acquire Two Chicago Data Centers
by Josh Anderson
CHICAGO, IL — Element Critical will acquire two enterprise data centers encompassing 195,000 square feet of data center space in Wood Dale, Illinois, 17 miles west of downtown Chicago and two miles from O’Hare International airport.
The facilities cumulatively feature 111,000 square feet of raised floor and up to 15 megawatts of available power capacity to serve the needs of large and midsize enterprise customers across a wide range of businesses verticals, providing solutions to support virtually any client requirement.
“Element Critical is building a world-class data center platform and Chicago is the natural next step in our national expansion strategy,” said Ken Parent, Element Critical’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are investing more than $40 million to develop and enhance the Wood Dale facilities to immediately provide customers with strategic, customized, and flexible colocation solutions.”
The facilities are tied directly to existing telecommunications and fiber carriers, including fiber routes to the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and East Cermak. Element Critical’s engineering and operations team has staff at both sites on a 24 x 7 x 365 basis, with expertise spanning facilities and IT infrastructure.
Element Critical’s data centers are highly secure, compliant operational platforms. They serve some of the world’s largest companies and government agencies, including several Fortune 100 businesses who rely on Element Critical to provide the data center and IT infrastructure solutions underpinning the support of sensitive mission-critical operations. Element Critical supports its customers diverse compliance requirements by performing self-maintained annual audits such as ISO/IEC 27001, SOC Type 1 and Type 2, and PCI, representing a core value of the company. Element Critical also provides comprehensive support of customer-specific audit processes, affirming its commitment to meet the highest standards for compliance and security.
Element Critical will now operate four Tier III, hybrid IT-ready data centers encompassing nearly 500,000 square feet of data center space in Silicon Valley, Northern Virginia and Chicago. Their facilities are network-rich, concurrently maintainable and available in a variety of deployment sizes and densities. Element Critical intends to continue to acquire properties in key primary and secondary markets in the U.S.