As the economy start to right itself, some cities are becoming hotbeds for startups and existing enterprises alike. Chicago has found itself sitting near the top of the list thanks to digital innovation that is making the city desirable for companies of all sizes, in all industries.
A recent Crain’s Chicago Business article from John Pletz profiled why Chicago has become one of the nation’s most digital cities. The latest addition to the city that is driving companies desires to set up shop is a $200 million project from Server Farm Realty that will turn an old General Electric motor factory into a state-of-the-art data center. The facility with feature thousands of servers that will help connect traders, telecommunication companies and other corporations to the world.
“Things go to where things are,” said Hunter Newby, CEO of New York-based Allied Fiber, in the article. “Where there is manufacturing and industry, there are power plants and distribution, which cost a lot of money to build.”
Chicago’s chief technology officer John Tolva was also interviewed for the Crain’s piece, where he explained that incentive for the project. Providing the high-speed capabilities that a data center offers coupled with the economic benefits such a system can allow, supporting the solution is a no brainer.
Tolva went on to say that the bottom line is job creation. Digital companies don’t require much and broadband is something that the city can help with and make Chicago an attractive option for companies looking to relocate or start from scratch.
Regardless of how companies in the Windy City utilize the new center, without a quality cabling solution in their offices, it may be a moot point. Partnering with an experienced IT consulting firm like CTI Technology can help any business ensure their current network is up to the task.
A recent Crain’s Chicago Business article from John Pletz profiled why Chicago has become one of the nation’s most digital cities.