Aligned Breaks Announces its New Hyperscale Data Center Campus
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Aligned Breaks Announces its New Hyperscale Data Center Campus

By CIOReview | Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Andrew Schaap, CEO, Aligned

Andrew Schaap, CEO, Aligned

The Aligned’s Chicago campus will have a capacity of more than 100 megawatts when it is done.

FREMONT, CA: Aligned, a leading data center company that offers cloud, business, and managed service providers advanced, affordable, and adaptable colocation and build-to-scale solutions has announced the groundbreaking of its new hyperscale data center campus in Chicago, Illinois. ORD-01, the first data center being built on the 18.5-acre campus, is a 520,000-square-foot, 48-megawatt (MW) facility (expandable to 60 MW). The Aligned’s Chicago campus will have a capacity of more than 100 megawatts when it is done.

“Whether by rail, road, air, or network packet, Chicago has long served as a major infrastructure hub for the nation’s commerce and now, a rapidly transforming digital economy. Were excited to bring our adaptive infrastructure and ExpandOnDemand capabilities to serve the needs of fast-growing customers in the Chicago market,” says Andrew Schaap, CEO, Aligned. “The city’s central location, attractive data center sales tax incentives, long-haul connectivity and access to ample renewable energy options make it an ideal site for hyperscalers, cloud companies, and multinational enterprises to deploy their mission-critical infrastructure.”

The ORD-01 facility, located at 505 Northwest Avenue in Northlake, IL, will showcase the Company’s proprietary and award-winning Delta3 cooling technology, which uses up to 80% less energy and 85% less water than conventional cooling systems to increase power consumption effectiveness (PUE), minimize environmental impact, and lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for customers. Customers can ExpandOnDemand with the Delta3 cooling systems, incrementally scaling in place up to 50 kW per rack without stranding power.

“The City of Northlake welcomes Aligned. Northlake is well-positioned in the Chicago market, being centrally located and having a great infrastructure to support the new facility,” adds Northlake Mayor Jeffrey Sherwin. This will be Northlake’s third data center development.  We work closely with developers to make their projects a reality. Their success is our success.”

ORD-01 is strategically located at the intersection of over 12 metro, long haul, and international fiber networks, providing customers with a wide range of local and international connectivity options. The facility would draw redundant, essential power from two on-site substations with a combined capacity of 170 MW, thanks to direct access to existing power and municipal utility services. Chicago is one of the most affordable and sought-after data center markets in the United States, owing to its economic stability, low utility rates, and lucrative tax benefits, including exemptions from sales and usage tax for eligible data centers through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.