You may have heard the phrase “whatever you’re thinking, think bigger.” In business, getting bigger usually is a positive thing, regardless of the industry. When it comes to colocation, bigger means more space and power and a greater potential for growth for data center customers.

Our CH3 data center in Elk Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, recently expanded to include an additional megawatt of power and over 10,000 square feet or raised floor space. In addition to opening up more opportunities for our existing customers and giving prospective customers the chance to move into an exceptional facility in a centralized location, this expansion exemplifies CenturyLink’s continued investment in data centers to support our customers’ growth in Chicago and beyond.

One of CenturyLink’s three Chicago area data centers which total nearly 350,000 square feet of space and almost 30 megawatts of power capacity, CH3 is a high-quality facility that boasts several well-known industry certifications including the Uptime Institute Tier III Certification of Operational Stability (TCOS) and the Uptime Institute Management & Operations Stamp of Approval.

To celebrate the CH3 expansion and showcase the advantages it will provide for both current and prospective colocation customers, we hosted a unique and entertaining event recently featuring Chicago’s renowned comedy improv group, Second City. The gathering also included Uptime Institute COO Julian Kudritzki, who spoke about the data center’s operational excellence and the reliability it provides, and Elk Grove Trustee Sam Lissner, who focused on the positive economic impact growth-oriented companies such as CenturyLink have on the community. Attendees included CenturyLink customers and technology providers who helped make the expansion possible without any interruption of service.

Please take a minute to view the video prepared by Second City in advance of the event. To learn more about the processes involved in designing, building and maintaining a reliable data center with 100 percent uptime, please read our executive brief titled, “Data Center Selection & Design Best Practices.”

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