Insight gained from Forsythe’s enterprise customers informed the program developed for this large scale fit-for-purpose and fit-for-future data center. The definition of “wholesale” and “retail” colocation data centers is primarily fostered by the investment community relative to level of service provided to their customers. Companies looking for data center space often fall in between the wholesale and retail classifications – the opportunity driving this development.
Retail Plus offers Forsythe clients flexibility to meet their needs for data storage, security, resiliency, and reliability. There are 56 private and secure hard-wall suites within the facility. Each suite consists of 1,000 sf of raised floor space that is entirely usable for IT equipment. In addition, each suite has an accompanying 670 sf support room for air conditioning and uninterruptable power supply (UPS) equipment. The suites are expandable up to 4,000 sf of contiguous data center space. The utility and generator yard are fully enclosed, secure and monitored.
Forsythe's data center was awarded Tier III Certification for Design Documents and Constructed Facility by Uptime Institute in June 2015, making it one of only two data centers in Illinois with this certification. Our commissioning team led the process for this certification with design review and construction verification. Other certifications such as LEED (v4 data center), SSAE-16, and ISO-9000 are in process.