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September 22, 2014

Windstream Opens New Data Center in Chicago

Windstream (News - Alert) Hosted Solutions, a provider of cloud and data center solutions, recently opened a new data center in Chicago. The opening ceremony of the data center was attended by National Football League (NFL) legends Mike Ditka and Mike Singletary.

The data center, which covers a massive area of 20,000-square-foot, has 15,600 square feet of raised floor data center space and boasts of 3600 kVa of utility capability. Thanks to the modular design of the data center, Windstream can expand the capacity by up to five times the available amount. A massive cooling capacity, redundant 10Gbps OC-192 circuits and professionals working 24 x 7 x 365 make the data center fully equipped to help Windstream meet the demand for its EMC (News - Alert)-powered storage services. 

“Our growing network of data centers is designed to support the changing and growing needs of our enterprise customers,” said Chris Nicolini, Windstream’s senior vice president of cloud and data center operations. “In essence, the Windstream Hosted Solutions team becomes an extension of our customers’ Information Technology (IT) staff, handling their maintenance tasks, providing compliance support for industry regulations, keeping critical data protected and making sure their business operations continue in the event of a disaster.”

Windstream, a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, provides network communications solutions, including cloud computing and managed services, to businesses nationwide. The company also offers broadband, phone and digital TV services to consumers primarily in rural areas.

The company recently announced the official opening of its fourth data center in Charlotte, N.C., bringing its nationwide total to 27. The new enterprise-class data center is currently 39,300 square feet, with 10,380 square feet of raised floor space. Using a phased approach, Windstream Hosted Solutions plans to expand this new Charlotte data center to a total of 60,800 total square feet, with more than 20,500 square feet of raised floor space.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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