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The security, flexibility and reliability of our data centres is a top priority for Symmetry. This Chicago data centre provides a seamless connection to Symmetry’s other data centres for built-in redundancy, and the platform enables high-performance, high-availability data transfer and accessibility for our customers’ peace of mind. 

Facility:

  • Tier 3
  • 147,000 sq. feet
  • Compliance: SSAE 16 (SOC 2 Type II), PCI DSS (sec 9 & 12), HIPAA
  • Purpose-built building originally constructed as a data centre shell in 1999
  • 12 in. thick reinforced concrete wall construction, able to withstand winds in excess of 90 mph, and located outside of flood plains
  • Building standards meet NEBS Level 3-compliance

Power:

  • 14 generators (1.25-2.25mW)
  • 22.5mW total utility power capacity, dual feeds from same substation
  • Redundant power infrastructure on all system levels
  • AC/DC breakered and metered power available
  • 2N, N+1 electrical design
  • On-Site diesel fuel-based power generation
  • Multiple power lineups with high-density deployments available
  • Power backup systems include redundant Power Distribution Units (A+B) and UPS

Cooling:

  • High-density redundant cooling systems
  • N+1 designed climate control
  • Multiple thermal layers and real-time electronic adjustment of cooling needs for each individual cage or cabinet space

Connectivity:

  • Maintains multiple top carrier options

Bandwidth:

  • Multiple fibre route entrances to the building
  • Redundant low-latency DWDM connection to 350 Cermak to pick up additional carrier as requested

Security:

  • 24×7×365 building access, monitoring, on-site security and NOC staff
  • Multi-factor challenge authentication policy (mantrap, proximity card, biometrics & memorised data points) to gain access to data centre areas
  • Alarm system includes an extensive digital recording network of high-resolution cameras monitoring all entry points and colocation areas with at least 90 days of recorded playback
  • Zone 1 earthquake-rated reinforced structure
  • Secure loading dock

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