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Now that we're sold out of the Atom 330's and have had enough time to test the Atom D510 systems, they're now our standard Atom offering. This will provide our customers with a greener and more efficient solution, with improved performance and features, at the same $99.95 a month price. With the Atom D510, all of the new systems we purchase now come with IPMI. IPMI gives you complete control of your systems, as if you were local to the system. It allows you to use remote/virtual media, reboot the system, view the boot-up process, run manual fsck, boot into a different kernel if your current kernel is freezing up, etc.

We can absorb the added cost of IPMI at this price point because of the significant power usage reduction in the new platform. Even though performance is roughly 5% better than the old line of Atoms, the power usage is cut nearly in half. The new Atoms allow us to run servers at full load while only using ~35 watts of power, making these an extremely "green" solution.

You can order these new Atom servers for only $99.95 a month here: http://steadfast.net/services/dedicated.basic.php

The interior of our new data center at 725 S Wells is now complete. We have some external things to complete yet, chiller and generator turn-up/testing, UPS testing, finishing the redundant dark fiber links, etc. The plan is to be live June 1 and we will, of course, be getting the network equipment and offices setup before then.

You can see some of the base details for the space, as well as how far we've come on this project, by looking at the initial in-depth report and pictures: http://steadfast.net/blog/index.php/2009/10/29/new-data-center-construction-update-october-29

I have a couple notes as well.
1) This has been complete for about a week and a half now, hence the reason there have been no construction updates.

2) We could not take pictures in the UPS room or the mechanical room yet as the epoxy on the floors is still drying, we'll hopefully have those soon.

3) We do not yet have pictures of the roof, as metal work is still being done, making it a bit unsafe.

Other than that, here are the pictures (click to see a larger version), and if you have any questions, certainly feel free to ask!

This first picture is of the kitchen area of the break room, complete with microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, sink and cabinets.

Here is a view from the other side of the break area, you can see the kitchen area to the back left.

This is our new office space on the 8th floor. You can see the nice big windows, to let in a lot of natural light and in the back are the stairs up to the raised floor data center.

Then here is a view the other way, with the conference room door along the back wall and the door to the "man trap" to the right of that, with a window looking into the data center next to that.

Now, to the exciting stuff, the data center, though we'll start with the IDF room, where all the cross connects and connections to other floors/carriers will be, along with our core networking equipment.

OK, now here is the open data center floor, "man trap" and entry ramp are to the left. You can see the basket rack and busway mounted above. The cold aisle will of course be where the perforated tiles are, and in the hot aisles there are vents in the drop ceiling to pull the hot air back to the HVAC units.

Talking about HVAC units, here are the guts of one of the 4 70 ton HVAC units. To note, this cooling is also supplemented by an air side economizer to pull in cool outside air when possible, improving overall performance and efficiency.

Here is a view of the wall you can't see from the first picture. You can see one of the three PDU units that is feeding the busway and one of the humidification units. As you can see, the cabling/wiring is done through the floors, walls, and ceilings, to keep the data center itself extremely neat and clean.

Those are just a handful of the pictures. You can browse through the rest of the pictures here: http://steadfast.net/images/725wells/complete/

Again, if you have any questions regarding the facility itself, availability, etc. please contact us!

Today, one of my favorite industry sites, Data Center Knowledge, came out with a list of the 10 largest data centers in the world. I found two things very interesting about this:

350 E Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL1) 350 E Cermak, our primary data center facility and our "home" since 2003, is #1 on the list. 1.1 million sq. ft. dedicated to data center and data center support infrastructure is enough to be the largest data center in the world, and we're proud to be a part of it, even if we only make up 20,000 sq. ft. of it. This shows the advantages we have with our location, with easy access to over 100 networks that occupy hundreds of thousands of sq. ft. of data center space, all with a simple cross connect.

2) The list is extremely Chicago-centric, proving that Chicago is a perfect location for data centers. 3 of the 10 largest data centers in the world are in the Chicago metro area, 350 E Cermak (#1), Microsoft's Container Data Center (#5) and DuPont Fabros' facility in Elk Grove Village (#8). No other city in the world even has 2 facilities on the list and there are no facilities on the list in California, New York, New Jersey, London, or Amsterdam. You can then see how Chicago has become one of the most important cities in the world as far as data centers and network connectivity, having grown to be a crossroads of the Internet.

This makes it easy to see the advantages we can provide with our location, being in the largest facility in one of the greatest Internet hubs in the world.  Bigger is better and provides our customers with the scale they need to compete. We have significant access to national networks, international networks and financial networks, such as CME and ICE. The service we offer is a significant advantage of our services, but our location in Chicago, specifically 350 E Cermak Rd, is also 2nd to none.

if you want to be located inside this amazing facility please contact us about dedicated servers or data center colocation out of this amazing facility!

Things are progressing nicely. The structural steel for the roof mounts for the generator and chiller is being fabricated off-site, thus you can't see it here, but progress is being made. The other major change is that a lot of the UPS gear is now in place, and it is basically just finishing work inside the data center space.

General Building:
Plumbing: New bldg domestic water riser from Basement to 8th Floor installation in-progress.
A/C condenser relocation: Condenser lines removed from future ComEd Vault.

Basement Construction Progress Summary:
Boiler Room: Building stored items primarily removed.
Future Elec Room: Hogan Ground box installation in-progress

6th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Doors/Windows: Awaiting man doors.
Walls: Completed.
Finishes: Painting complete on walls
Electrical: Further UPS Parallel board conduit installation in-progress. Three
UPS/Battery groups installed. PDU wire pulls to 8th floor complete. Wire pulls to DPRA at penthouse from 6th floor in-progress
Mechanical (Chilled water): Chiller lines complete, awaiting CRAH 5, insulation complete.
Mechanical (Vent): Room exhaust vents and supply vent near complete

7th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Tennant: Moved misc. equipment into 7th floor storage area.
Floors: Complete. Tile trim req. at suite door.
Voice/Data Security: Wiring of card readers and elec. Strikes in-progress.
Mechanical (Chilled water): Completed.

8th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Walls: Room walls complete. 8th floor stair walls complete awaiting paint.
Doors/Windows: Door complete.
Floors: Ceramic tile install in-progress at Toilets.
Ceilings: Ceiling tile installation in-progress in Office, Data Room and Toilets
Voice/Data Security: Wire cable tray install in-progress in Data Center, Security
& voice/data cable pull in-progress., Wiring of elec strikes in-progress
Electrical: PDU grounding complete, leak detection at CHRAH units complete.
Plumbing: Awaiting fixtures
Fire Alarm: Fire alarm control panel installed, wiring in-progress.
Mechanical (Chilled water): Piping near complete. Refrigeration piping primarily
complete.
Mechanical (Vent): Duct complete. Awaiting AHU-A install.
Sprinklers: Total Pac piping complete, sprinkler heads complete.
Finishes: Primer and first coat paint complete.
Freight Elevator: Awaiting painting.
Miscellaneous: Window screens replaced
Roof Construction Progress Summary:
Exterior: CU1 & CU2 piping and electric near complete.
Interior: Elec room door completed.
Elec: Conductor pull to DPRA from 6th floor in-progress

And the pictures: http://steadfast.net/images/april7progress.pdf

Good news, all of the roof work has been approved by the city and we now have a permit for everything. Also, we're already in the process of getting some of the various inspections done, etc. so we should be able to get an occupancy permit very shortly after everything is completed.

General Building:
Plumbing: New bldg domestic water riser coring in-progress from Basement to 8th Floor. Piping install in-progress in basement.
Dock: Temporary tap gen box installed.
Vertical Risers: Hogan ground boxes installed.
A/C condenser relocation: Condenser lines removed from future ComEd Vault.

Basement Construction Progress Summary:
Existing Electrical Room: Ground to water service in-progress.
Boiler Room: Building stored items primarily removed.
Future Elec Room: Hogan Ground box installation in-progress

6th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Doors/Windows: Awaiting man doors.
Walls: Completed.
Finishes: Awaiting primer and finish paint.
Floors: Conc housekeeping pads expansion complete.
Electrical: UPS Parallel board installed and conduit installation in-progress as well as lighting.
Mechanical (Chilled water): Chiller lines complete, awaiting CRAH 5 and insulation.
Mechanical (Vent): Room exhaust vents and supply vent near complete

7th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Tennant: Moved misc. equipment into 7th floor storage area.
Doors: Complete except card readers and elec. strikes.
Floors: Complete. Tile trim req. at suite door.
Voice/Data Security: Card reader and elec. strikes req.
Mechanical (Chilled water): Completed through HVAC closet, awaiting insulation.

8th Floor Construction Progress Summary:
Walls: Room walls complete.
Doors/Windows: Awaiting door install.
Floors: Handrails @ stairs and ramp complete. Toilet access floor complete.
Ceilings: Ceiling tile installation in-progress in Office and toilets
Voice/Data Security: Wire cable tray install in-progress in Data Center, Security cable pull in-progress.
Electrical: PDU grounding near complete, exit signs complete, wiring for fire alarm @ the total pac and smoke detection near complete.
Plumbing: Awaiting fixtures
Fire Alarm: Fire alarm control panel installed, wiring in-progress.
Mechanical (Chilled water): Variable frequency drives, Chemical Pot Feeder and filter installed and piping near complete.
Mechanical (Vent): Drips pans complete, ductwork near complete.
Sprinklers: Total Pac piping complete, sprinkler heads complete.
Finishes: Primer and first coat paint complete.
Freight Elevator: Elevator cab, frame and curb raised and back in-service.
Miscellaneous: Window screens replaced

Roof Construction Progress Summary:
Exterior: Curbs for AHU-A and CU1 & CU2 complete.
Interior: Elec room door completed.
Elec: Ground box installed.

The pictures: http://steadfast.net/images/march31progress.pdf

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