Why are Chicago colocation prices so much higher than the rest of the Midwest?

If your company is considering the use of a colocation facility, you have dozens of choices.  Midwest colocation has become very popular because of a few factors:

  • the Midwest is less prone to natural disasters
  • power costs are low compared to the coasts
  • the central location offers fiber density and therefore telecom choices

Many companies consider Chicago colocation because of easy travel access and telecom density.  Yet Chicago colocation prices are almost always higher than similar data center facilities within a few hours.

What are your true requirements?  If you're using colocation for your enterprise data center, you may need carrier neutral data center facilities so you have multiple telecom provider choices.  If you're using colocation for a disaster recovery center, your requirements may be slightly different.  Chances are you are looking for:

  • Affordable colocation
  • Hardened data center
  • SAS 70 data center compliance
  • Carrier neutral facilities; plenty of telecom choices with no hidden fees

Chicago colocation is expensive for a few reasons:  high real estate costs, union labor, higher demand density of business and a higher cost of living.

Lifeline Data Centers in Indianapolis provides large data centers for companies looking to outsource their computer room facilities.  Lifeline has been providing affordable colocation in their hardened data centers since 2001.  Lifeline handles all the power, cooling, hardening, security and compliance issues so that you can concentrate on your IT and your business.  If you're looking for affordable colocation, call Lifeline at 317.423.2591.

Alex Carroll

Alex Carroll

Managing Member at Lifeline Data Centers
Alex, co-owner, is responsible for all real estate, construction and mission critical facilities: hardened buildings, power systems, cooling systems, fire suppression, and environmentals. Alex also manages relationships with the telecommunications providers and has an extensive background in IT infrastructure support, database administration and software design and development. Alex architected Lifeline’s proprietary GRCA system and is hands-on every day in the data center.
Alex Carroll