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The cost to develop the 707,244-square-foot data center was approximately $500 million and is located Northlake, Illinois, outside of Chicago.

The Microsoft facility is more than 15 acres located in direct proximity to a city water pumping station, adjacent Interstate and rail lines that provides fiber optic bandwidth, and its own on-site electric substation. There are three 66 MVA electrical substations that provide a total of 198 megawatts of power.

The facility was built in two phases. Phase1 was 396,695 sqft, and phase2 was 310,549 sqft.

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0.40 miles 505 N Railroad Ave - Digital Realty
The Digital Chicago Campus covers 21 acres of land with access to major fiber networks and can support up to 8 MW of IT load at N+1 redundancies.
0.55 miles Aligned Chicago ORD-01
Aligned's ORD-01 data center is a state-of-the-art facility located in Northlake, IL, just outside of downtown Chicago. At full build, Aligned’s Chicago campus covers 520,000 sq. ft. and offers ~ 100 MW of critical load.
0.59 miles Aligned ORD-02
Aligned's ORD-02 is a data center located in Northlake, IL near downtown Chicago. Part of Aligned's 18.5-acre hyperscale campus, ORD-02 offers exceptional connectivity at the convergence of over 12 metro/long-haul networks. At full build, ORD-02 building will provide 36MW of critical load capacity expandable to ~52 MW.
0.89 miles T5 Northlake IL
T5 Data Center is expanding its footprint in Chicago. T5@Chicago III will be build-to-suit, with the company spending more than $500 million to develop a three-story, 300,000 sq ft facility for multi-tenant or single-tenant operations.
3.12 miles 9355 Grand Ave
3.12 miles 9333 Grand Ave (DRT)
3.12 miles SingleHop Chicago
3.15 miles 9377 Grand Ave
3.18 miles Tierpoint Chicago West
3.18 miles Digital Chicago Franklin Park Campus on Grand Ave - Digital Realty
Digital Chicago is a master-planned 40-acre campus in the Village of Franklin Park. The campus has 3 existing buildings, totaling 574,994 sqft
4.33 miles Element Critical CH2
Element Critical acquired the site in January 2019 from Sungard. The facility was previously known as SunGard Wood Dale (341).
4.42 miles Element Critical CH1
Element Critical acquired the site in January 2019 from Sungard. The facility was previously known as SunGard Wood Dale (711).
4.66 miles LexusNexis Oak Brook
4.66 miles Verizon: Swift Dr
4.66 miles DataBank (ORD4) Oak Brook
5.28 miles Server Farm Oak Brook
The campus was originally built as the corporate headquarters of the Chicago Bridge & Iron Company (CB&I).
5.29 miles Centersquare: Chicago ORD2
Cyxtera's CH3 Elk Grove site is across the street from the Digital Realty Chicago campus (former Dupont Fabros) and close to Equinix CH3.
5.29 miles Verizon: (Oak Brook)
5.29 miles US Signal Oakbrook
800a 480V 3 phase 450kW diesel generator with 24 hour run time at full load 500kVa UPS capacity with battery backup
5.40 miles NYI Chicago (Oak Brook)
5.43 miles 2299 Busse (CH2) Digital Realty
5.50 miles 2200 Busse Rd (CH1) DRT
5.50 miles Rackspace Elk Grove ORD1
5.51 miles Digital Elk Grove Village Campus
Digital Realty Trust's Chicago campus is massive and is split among 3 buildings. The campus was acquired from Dupont Fabros in September 2017.
5.51 miles ServerCentral CH1
5.51 miles HostPapa CH1
Formerly known as "ColoCrossing CH1"
5.55 miles 1450 E Devon Ave (CH3) DRT
5.58 miles Lumen Broadview
5.72 miles EdgeConneX CHI01
5.74 miles Stream Chicago II
Stream Data Centers' Chicago II data center in Elk Grove Village, Illinois is a 226,000 square foot facility.
5.74 miles Skybox Chicago I
5.79 miles EdgeConneX CHI02
5.82 miles Equinix Chicago CH3
5.86 miles Stream Chicago I
6.28 miles CoreWeave: US Central ORD1
6.34 miles STACK Chicago CHI01
6.38 miles NTT: 1200 N Arlington Heights (Planned)
NTT has acquired two office buildings in Chicago, Illinois, and plans to replace them with data centers.
6.40 miles STACK CHI01B
STACK INFRASTRUCTURE CHI01B Chicago Data Center is located at 1441 Touhy Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL, which currently offers 24 MW of critical power and 221,000 square feet of space.
6.43 miles NTT: 1250 N Arlington Heights (Planned)
In November 2023, NTT Global Data Centers in November paid $27.5 million for the building.
6.45 miles Iron Mountain Chicago
First announced in 2018, the former Hart Schaffner Marx suit factory started construction in 2024.
6.58 miles NTT Chicago CH1
RagingWire’s Chicago CH1 Data Center is under construction and in the pre-leasing stage. It will be a 654,000 square foot, 52 megawatt facility on a 19-acre fenced campus near Chicago.
6.79 miles Digital Fortress: Chicago Lombard
6.79 miles 360TCS-Lombard
7.35 miles Prime Elk Grove
Prime Data Centers is building a 750,000 square foot hyperscale data center campus in Elk Grove Village (Chicago), Illinois, which will comprise an investment of around $1 billion.
7.40 miles Prime: ORD1 Bldg B
Prime Data Centers is building a 750,000 square foot hyperscale data center campus in Elk Grove Village (Chicago), Illinois, which will comprise an investment of around $1 billion.
7.43 miles Prime: ORD1 Bldg C
Prime Data Centers is building a 750,000 square foot hyperscale data center campus in Elk Grove Village (Chicago), Illinois, which will comprise an investment of around $1 billion.
7.55 miles CyrusOne Chicago Lombard
9 MW of critical capacity Both a 1.5MW and a 2MW transformer
7.59 miles T5 Chicago II
T5 Chicago II campus is located at 200 Innovation Drive in the Elk Grove area.
7.79 miles CenturyLink: Arlington Heights
8.00 miles CloudHQ: Mount Prospect ORD2
CloudHQ is building a $2.5 billion data center campus at the former United Airlines world headquarters office campus in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
8.00 miles Equinix Chicago CH7
8.07 miles CloudHQ: Mount Prospect ORD1
CloudHQ is building a $2.5 billion data center campus at the former United Airlines world headquarters office campus in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
8.13 miles CloudHQ Mount Prospect ORD3
CloudHQ is building a $2.5 billion data center campus at the former United Airlines world headquarters office campus in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
8.45 miles Aligned: ORD-03
Aligned is about to build a datacenter campus after acquiring an assemblage of beleaguered office properties near O’Hare International. The company’s plan for the 36-acre site calls for a pair of two-story, 520,000-square-foot data centers.
10.77 miles Colocation America CH3
10.77 miles DataBank ORD3 Mount Prospect
12.09 miles Complete Source Schaumburg
12.21 miles Centersquare: Lisle CHI1
Centersquare's cloud-enabled Lisle data center is situated approximately 20 miles from O’Hare International airport.
13.19 miles Metro Edge: Illinois Medical District (IMD)
Commercial real estate investment firm Metro Edge Development is building a data center in Chicago, Illinois.
14.05 miles QTS Chicago
The campus was a former Sun Times Press Facility and was acquired in 2014
14.14 miles Cogent Naperville
14.21 miles Lumen Chicago 2
14.28 miles Lumen Chicago 4
14.61 miles TierPoint Chicago Polk
14.62 miles EXA - 111 North Canal
Former GTT suite
14.62 miles Lumen Chicago 1
14.63 miles First Communications Chicago
14.78 miles DataBank (ORD2) 840 S Canal
14.78 miles Server Farm Realty 840 South Canal
4 MW Critical Load on Each Floor (Floors 1-5) 130-160 Watts per Raised Floor SF
14.78 miles Lumen Chicago 6
14.88 miles CoreSite Chicago CH2
In February 2018, CoreSite acquired a two-acre land parcel in downtown Chicago, Illinois, on which CoreSite built CH2, a greenfield development of a 175,000-square-foot, turn-key, four-story data center supporting 18 critical megawatts of power capacity. The building was completed in June 2020.
14.91 miles Lumen Chicago 3
14.95 miles Cogent: 216 W Jackson
15.09 miles Netrality Chicago: 717 S Wells
The 10 story building was constructed in 1923 and eventually was converted into a data center.
15.09 miles Crown Castle 725 S Wells
15.09 miles Steadfast Chicago 725 Wells
15.09 miles Atlantic Metro ORD3
15.09 miles Colo@ Chicago
15.09 miles 725 S Wells - 1547 Critical Systems
1547 Acquired the site in December of 2018.
15.13 miles QuadraNet Chicago
15.13 miles InfoRelay Chicago
15.13 miles CoreSite Chicago CH1
Once owned by the Western Union company, the building was formerly known as "The Telegraph Building."
15.13 miles 365 Chicago
The site is a former Switch and Data site (also owned by Equinix for a short period.)
15.13 miles Cogent: 427 S LaSalle
15.17 miles Verizon: 140 S Dearborn
15.23 miles Colocation America CH2
15.23 miles Lumen Chicago 5
15.23 miles Cogent: 600 S Federal
15.23 miles 600 S Federal - Digital Realty
15.32 miles Microsoft Hoffman Estates 2
Microsoft Hoffman Estates data center campus is located on a 53-acre site on the north side of Lakewood Boulevard.
15.49 miles Microsoft Hoffman Estates 1
Microsoft Hoffman Estates data center campus is located on a 53-acre site on the north side of Lakewood Boulevard.
16.12 miles NetSource Chicago
16.16 miles Centersquare: Chicago ORD1(B, C & D)
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16.16 miles Atlantic Metro ORD0
16.16 miles Steadfast Chicago 350 E Cermak
16.16 miles Centersquare: Chicago ORD1
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16.16 miles Colocation America CH1
16.16 miles 350 E Cermak - Digital Realty
16.16 miles Equinix Chicago CH1, CH2, & CH4
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16.17 miles ServerCentral Chicago DRT-CH1
17.25 miles New Continuum: 603 Discovery
17.53 miles 1547 Chicago Midway Technology Centre
18.36 miles Edged Energy: Aurora, Chicago
The new data center campus, known as Aurora TechPark, facility will offer 100 MW of capacity built to handle dense AI-driven workloads on their way to transforming the IT industry.
18.45 miles Edged Energy: Chicago ORD02
The new data center campus, known as Aurora TechPark, facility will offer 100 MW of capacity built to handle dense AI-driven workloads on their way to transforming the IT industry.
18.47 miles 4267 Meridian Pkwy: Lincoln Rackhouse
The facility was acquired when Lincoln Rackhouse acquired Bytegrid in 2019.
18.56 miles Edged Energy: Chicago ORD03
The new data center campus, known as Aurora TechPark, facility will offer 100 MW of capacity built to handle dense AI-driven workloads on their way to transforming the IT industry.
18.71 miles CyrusOne: Bilter Road campus
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18.75 miles CyrusOne Chicago Aurora CME
In 2016, CyrusOne acquired the CME data center for $130 million. CME hosts its electronic trading platform CME Globex on site. Globex will continue to be hosted on site as part of the 15-year lease agreement between CyrusOne and CME.
18.80 miles CyrusOne: Aurora CHI2
The CyrusOne CHI2 data center is located on 16 acres, 45 minutes southwest of Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
18.82 miles CyrusOne: Bilter Rd Bldg 2
CyrusOne plans to develop a pair of new data centers in Aurora, Illinois, a project that will also include the construction of three 350-foot telecommunication towers.
18.85 miles Compass Hoffman Estates
18.97 miles CyrusOne: CHI2 Bldg 2
CyrusOne's CHI2 second building is located at 2805 Diehl Road, Aurora, IL.

Microsoft Chicago Northlake Data Center Photos


Container Canyon" area

Northlake substation on campus

Gens stacked up
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Cooling Towers
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State of Azure Locations as of July 2019
Posted in Microsoft Azure
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Conceptual Azure Regions and Availability Zones diagram
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Operating Company

Microsoft uses Containers (called ITPACs) to build out its data centers. These Containers are Shipping Containers fitted with all the necessary climate control, networking, server racks and other hardware necessary to be a “mini” data center all in one.

Azure Regions

An Azure region is a set of data centers deployed within a latency-defined perimeter and connected through a dedicated regional low-latency network.

With more global regions than any other cloud provider, Azure gives customers the flexibility to deploy applications where they need to. Azure is generally available in 46 regions around the world, with plans announced for 8 additional regions.

Geographies

An Azure geography is a discrete market, typically containing two or more regions, that preserves data residency and compliance boundaries.

Geographies allow customers with specific data-residency and compliance needs to keep their data and applications close. Geographies are fault-tolerant to withstand complete region failure through their connection to our dedicated high-capacity networking infrastructure.

Availability Zones

Availability Zones are physically separate locations within an Azure region. Each Availability Zone is made up of one or more data centers equipped with independent power, cooling, and networking.

Availability Zones allow customers to run mission-critical applications with high availability and low-latency replication.

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