The World’s Largest Data Center – 350 E Cermak Rd – Lakeside Technology Center – CHI1

If you asked anyone what they imagined the world’s largest data center looked like, they likely would not have guessed it was a building over 100 years old.

It turns out the world’s largest data center, which is home to one of NewCloud’s facilities, is contained inside a building that began construction in 1912. Of course, it wasn’t originally built to be a data center.

At the beginning of the 20th century, R.R. Donnelley printing company sought out a new building for its printing operations. Thomas E. Donnelley was working with architect Howard van Doren Shaw “to make the whole building dignified and beautiful–something that will be beautiful not only today but one hundred years from now.” The design is one of many aspects that make this beautiful building stand out for NewCloud.

Coincidentally, the same traits that made the building exceptional for housing printing equipment when first created, made it an excellent structure for housing NewCloud’s servers used for cloud networking solutions. The support structure was originally designed for large, heavy printing presses, now allows the building to safely house modern equipment and heavy servers.

The vertical shafts which the building incorporates were once used to lower huge bundles of newspaper from the upper floors of the building are now used as risers for power cabling and fiber. The location of the building was even positioned well for the future, 350 E. Cermak is known for being one of the most well-connected buildings in the world and an optimal choice for NewCloud, with access to hundreds of providers offering everything from internet, voice, and data, and connection to several important financial exchanges.

The building, which is now known as the Lakeside Technology Center, was purchased in 1999 and renovated for telecom use. Even though it may have started out to host printing operations, it is now at the top of the list for the world’s largest data center, and recently ranked higher than Chicago’s O’Hare Airport as Commonwealth Edison’s biggest customer in Illinois, with more than 100 megawatts of power. As of today, the building has over 1.1 million square feet of space.

Even though several other companies currently lease space at the Lakeside Technology Center, NewCloud’s servers are at the center of all the connectivity within the building. Our CHI1 data center allows access to more than 40 of the leading international and domestic carries, including physical connection points of the world’s Internet backbones and telecommunications networks. Additionally, the space and power we offer customers in our 59,000 square feet of space is where Telx runs the meet-me-room. With Telx’s considerable amount of experience running meet-me-rooms, NewCloud customers are a simple cross connect away from the technology and networks that keep them one step ahead in the digital age at the Lakeside Technology Center.

When the founder’s son, T.E. Donnelley, had a vision of a building that would be beautiful more than a century in the future as well as the present, he could not have imagined this building would evolve over time to be the largest data center in the world. Although, his long-term vision is what has allowed this building to remain so relevant over time. At NewCloud, we are proud to be at the heart of the Lakeside Technology Center and we know that our customers appreciate the prosperous connectivity that we are able to provide in what used to house bundles of newspaper and printing equipment.