The Definitive Guide To Chicago Colocation

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"CoreSite builds mission critical facilities which they offer for very competitive rates with good interconnectivity and many certifications.

Our take. They excel at colocation and interconnectivity. Even with their robust build costs they don't appear to charge a premium for their space. CoreSite doesn't offer managed services directly. "

427 South LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60605


"Tierpoint has established a solid foothold in the colocation space through organic and acquisition of many competing data centers.

Our take. Enterprise grade colocation but one of a few that have the ability to do complex managed hosting, Cloud and Disaster Recovery as a Service. They allow businesses to outsource their facilities needs as well as other IT services for firms that don't have resources in house to do so. While we don't see in house IT staffs outsourcing everything in one shot, we can see the convenience of adding managed backups or disaster recovery as a service."

15 Shattuck Road Andover, MA 01810
500 Rutherford Ave, Boston, MA 02129
34 St Martin Dr, Marlborough, MA 01752

365 Data Centers

365 offers mission critical space and are extremely cost competitive. Although located in downtown Chicago many of their facilities are in tier 2 cities where they continue to compete aggressively on price.

Our take. You get a lot of service for your IT dollar with 365. They don't have super high level specs that some of their neighboring facilities offer but we still consider this a mission critical facility that boasts 14 connectivity partners

427 S LaSalle St, Suite 405, Chicago, IL 60605

Steadfast Networks

Steadfast Networks offers colocation at 350 E. Cermak in Chicago. They have a robust facility with great interconnection to multiple networks. 

Our Take: This is a colocation provider that is extremely flexible in that you can begin with a single server and scale up to a private suite. They also offer managed services and cloud to scale or grow into should colocation service not serve your needs. 

Steadfast Networks - 350 E. Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60616
Steadfast Wells - 725 S. Wells Street, Chicago, IL 60607

Digital Realty

You get much value for your IT spend with DRT. They offer flexibility in their power density which allows you to save money if you aren’t cramming multiple blade chassis into your rack. Although you can cram a bunch of blade chassis into your rack if you want to. They feature excellent interconnection options and they have extremely robust infrastructure.

DRT1 - 128 1st Ave, Needham, MA 02494
DRT2 - 105 Cabot St, Needham, MA 02494
DRT3 - 55 Middlesex Turnpike Bedford, MA 01730


You are buying some of the best interconnected and mission critical colocation on the planet. They will certainly not be the cheapest of prices but you will get a solid value. No client, partner or investor can say you took a short cut when it choosing Equinix. You can do some interesting multi campus connections between the facilities since they are interconnected. Businesses that require interconnections between various networks rely on Equinix to give them solid access. Major public cloud providers also are available through direct connections.

350 E Cermak Road, 5th Fl, Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60616
350 E Cermak Road, 6th Fl, Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60616
1905 Lunt Ave, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
350 E Cermak Road, 8th Fl, Suite 650, Chicago, IL 60616

Server Central

Server Central offers a robust mission critical facility. They are ready for major power outages with flywheel UPS, massive fuel storage and 33 Diesel generators backed by 200,000 gallons of Fuel. 

Our Take: Server Central is another colocation provider that offers enterprise cloud and additional managed services. While most do "in house" IT shops only want colocation, having the option to have managed backups or monitoring is a definite positive. Their cloud services offer direct connects to AWS and Azure which is an additional added bonus. 

350 E. Cermak Road, Chicago, IL 60616
2200 Busse Rd, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007


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