Site: Equinix Chicago CH1, CH2, & CH4

Company: Equinix
Site is located within: 350 E Cermak - Digital Realty building
Metro: Chicago
State: Illinois
Country: United States
Region: North America
Address: 350 East Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60616 (5th, 6th, and 8th Floors)
Gross SqFt: 296,927
Usable SqFt: 129,013
Total Power: 8.2 Megawatts
Ownership: Equinix does not own the building.

The Equinix CH1, CH2, and CH4 data centers are located at 350 East Cermak Rd in Chicago, which is one of the biggest carrier hotels in the world. The building is an unusual confluence of two Interconnection ecosystems, Internet Exchange and Financial Exchange. The two ecosystems create significant demand for space in the building and therefore available colocation space is limited and pricing is higher.

Although Equinix distinctly separates CH1, CH2, and CH4 into separate data centers, but in reality, the sites are in the same building. When Equinix ran out of capacity and expanded to a new floor the company gave the site a new name (ie, CH1, CH2, etc.) The chart below breaks down the sites.

Site Location Gross SqFt Usable SqFt Power MW
CH1 5th Floor 166,084 50,992 3.3
CH2 6th Floor 110,618 58,852 2.5
CH3 8th Floor 20,225 19,169 2.4
Total 296,927 129,013 8.2

Cross Connects & Reaching Non-Equinix Suites in the Building:


Equinix controls and manages conduit to deliver cross-connects between each of their suites in the building. From a cross-connect perspective, Equinix treats CH1, CH2, and CH4 as one large data center. If a carrier is on a different Equinix floor, they are reachable via a standard cross-connect and there are no additional charges to connect within Equinix's site(s) at 350 E Cermak beyond the standard XC fee.

However, it is expensive to connect to networks outside of Equinix space. An Intra-Building Cross Connect (IBCC) is a fiber pair (effectively a cross-connect) that runs from an Equinix suite (A-side) to the building's meet-me room (formerly Telx) on the 2nd floor. The total cost of the pair can be over $1,000 MRC. (IBCCs are at least $750 MRC and there can be Z-end charges as well.)

Telco Info:


Equinix connects their Cermak site to Equinix CH3 via IBX Link, which is a lit transport service.

NPA/NXX 312-255
CLLI Code CHCGILCA
LEC AT&T (Ameritech)
LATA 358

The Building:


Digital Realty Trust owns the building at 350 Cermak and is Equinix's Landlord. Digital Reality also operates the building Meet Me Room (MMR) on the 2nd floor. The MMR is a legacy Telx facility.

Map:

350 East Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60616
5th, 6th, and 8th Floors

SITES within 15 miles of Equinix Chicago CH1, CH2, & CH4

Distance Site name SqFt MW
0.0 miles Cyxtera Chicago CH2 142,346 8.50
0.0 miles Steadfast Chicago 350 E Cermak 16,000 2.00
0.0 miles Colocation America CH1
0.0 miles Cyxtera Chicago CH4 41,073 3.40
0.0 miles Atlantic Metro ORD0 20,000 4.20
0.0 miles 350 E Cermak - Digital Realty 1,133,391 100.00
1.31 miles CoreSite Chicago CH2
1.5 miles Atlantic Metro ORD3 10,000 0.75
1.5 miles Colo@ Chicago 1.50
1.5 miles Lightower Chicago 725 S Wells
This stacking plan shows the layout of CH1, CH2, and CH4 in the building. The Telx (now Digital Realty) Meet-Me-Room on the 2nd floor. Financial Exchanges such as BATS, CME, and ICE are also noted.
Outside of 350 E Cermak
This stacking plan shows the layout of CH1, CH2, and CH4 in the building. The Telx (now Digital Realty) Meet-Me-Room on the 2nd floor. Financial Exchanges such as BATS, CME, and ICE are also noted.
Stack Plan for Equinix Facilities in 350 E Cermak

This stacking plan shows the layout of CH1, CH2, and CH4 in the building. The Telx (now Digital Realty) Meet-Me-Room on the 2nd floor. Financial Exchanges such as BATS, CME, and ICE are also noted.

Source: Equinix

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