St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) May 19, 2009
Ascent Corporation, a leading provider of comprehensive data center solutions, today announced the development of its second Chicago-area data center, CH2, a multi-tenant hyper-entitled development. The new data center is being developed in close proximity to Microsoft's Northlake Data Center, also known as CH1, a purpose-built data center developed by Ascent last year. The CH2 data center features a unique delivery model, Dynamic Data Center Suites, that was originally developed for CH1 prior to Microsoft taking sole occupancy of the facility. Dynamic Data Center Suites provide customers maximum flexibility, speed to market and control of data center and support space in a completely autonomous environment.
The new data center, a 250,000+ square foot structure scheduled for completion at the end of 2009, will provide customers with the option to operate in a wholesale colocation environment as well as the flexibility to house their information in Dynamic Data Center Suites completely independent of other tenants. The suites are fully customizable units that can maintain their own shipping and receiving docks, entrance doors, branded lobbies and personnel. Additionally, customers can choose among a variety of space and operational options, including selecting raised floors or on slab; chilled water or air-side cooling; container-based compute or racks; and the level of power density and energy efficiency to achieve their corporate sustainability initiatives.
In addition to providing fully customizable operations, the Dynamic Data Center Suites delivery model offers customers the flexibility to choose from a variety of infrastructure options, from a basic powered shell and core to a fully constructed, turnkey space. This model also guarantees customers a data center in which no indoor or outdoor space is shared, ensuring dedicated infrastructure and maximum security.
"The new Northlake data center, CH2, is designed to be a completely flexible environment, enabling customers to choose the most appropriate option for their needs. Dynamic Data Center Suites represent the future of the data center - this is the first time customers will have the option to fully customize their infrastructures," said Phil Horstmann, CEO, Ascent Corporation. "Planning the new data center geographically near the 707,000 square foot facility we developed last year in Northlake also enables customers to take advantage of the same power and connectivity capabilities."
The new facility will feature a dedicated utility substation with dual diverse connections to the transmission grid, yielding a powerful yet energy efficient data center. The substation is being constructed onsite, providing highly efficient energy delivery, increased power capacity and lower operating costs.
Compute spaces in CH2 will range from 10,000-250,000+ square feet, and customers will have the option to maintain self-sufficient suites or utilize Ascent's data center expertise throughout the build-out phase, as well as take advantage of fully managed maintenance services.
Ascent Corporation is a leading provider of comprehensive solutions for the planning, design, engineering, development, and operation of data centers and other mission critical facilities. Headquartered in Saint Louis, MO, Ascent specializes in powerful, efficient, and technologically advanced mission critical facilities and offers clients a broad range of delivery models spanning shell & core, build-to-suit, turnkey, and outsourced critical systems operations.
Founded in 1998, Ascent provides a full spectrum of fast track services that include project programming, design management, facility assessment, development and construction management, commissioning, and ongoing maintenance operations. Today, Ascent focuses on providing clients with innovative solutions and services yielding the highest levels of operational autonomy, efficiency, and control. Ascents clients include some of the most demanding mission critical organizations spanning multiple industries, Fortune 500 firms, and service providers.