AlteredScale Chooses Norland Managed Services to Operate 601 Polk Data Center

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Flexible, resilient data center space located in downtown Chicago will serve mission critical needs of Midwest companies

AlteredScale, a provider of mission critical data center solutions, today announced that they have chosen Norland Managed Services to operate and maintain their data center at 601 West Polk. Located in an historic, 100-year-old structure just west of the Loop, the building features 25,000 square feet of raised floor and the largest contiguous colocation space in downtown Chicago.

“Despite being one of North America’s most strategic data center markets, Chicago has suffered from a lack of capacity in the central business district,” said Kevin Francis, President of AlteredScale. “With the completion of phase one at 601 W Polk we are excited to serve the colocation needs of enterprises throughout Chicago and the Midwest. AlteredScale provides IT capacity in a convenient downtown location.”

601 Polk is situated on the primary fiber-optic ring serving downtown Chicago, and near multiple power substations, making it a sought-after locale for housing mission critical systems. In addition to the 25,000 square feet of data center space on the first floor, 601 Polk also includes 28,000 square feet of expansion space available for data center and office use.

AlteredScale chose Norland Managed Services, Inc. to operate and maintain the critical facilities as the company is a leading provider of facility operations and management for data centers throughout the world. In addition, AlteredScale has selected Chicago-based Tiburon Security Inc., who custom built security protocols and staffs guard personnel for the site.

Built more than 100 years ago, the 601 Polk building was at one point, a warehouse for the retailer Marshall Fields and was later slated to be a “carrier hotel” for a telecommunications company. Purchased by Pi Data Holdings, LLC in 2011, the building was renovated extensively and turned from raw industrial space into modern, flexible data center space.

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About Altered Scale
AlteredScale provides mission-critical data center solutions for businesses in downtown Chicago. Their 100-year-old restored building, 601 W Polk, is a multi-tenant facility that offers a range of flexible data center services from private suite to carrier-neutral colocation. The facility provides unparalleled access to power and connectivity, allowing AlteredScale customers in Chicago and beyond to easily scale their IT operations.

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