CIO magazine recently ranked the city of Chicago as one of the top ten cities for technology jobs and overall growth. Chicago is also home to some of the highest ranked data center providers in the domestic United States. Located in the Midwest part of the United States, Chicago is great cloud data center point of presence for companies with clients and employees accessing the cloud from both the US East and West coasts. Reduced “ping times” are a huge plus for companies that rely on a speedy internet connection. The Internet gaming community loves Chicago! Equinix at 350 Cermak in downtown is one of the most well known data center providers in the world. Latisys is a tier 3 data center outside of Chicago in the suburb of Naperville. With all the available data center space and IT personnel, Cloud Computing in Chicago is growing and is a very hot commodity!
Cloud computing can be simply defined as using the Internet to run your website, software and applications. Simple examples would be Gmail, Yahoo Mail and a CRM like Salesforce.com. Just connect to the Internet, open a browser and you are ready to go to work. The Cloud eliminates the need to purchase and manage server hardware. Cloud computing hosting is flexible and allows the end user to scale up and down on processors, ram and hard drive space thus saving valuable time and money. Cloud computing is here to stay and is a great option for both start ups and enterprise clients alike.
Many reputable and qualified service providers offer cloud computing services in Chicago. Steadfast Networks offers both private and hybrid cloud computing options. Private cloud servers are dedicated resources for clients concerned about meeting security and compliance regulations. Hybrid cloud solutions are available for clients looking to mix existing colocation or dedicated server infrastructures with the advantages of a cloud environment (ie.) cloud storage.
Outside of Chicago, NT Source offers a very robust cloud platform within their PCI and SSAE 16 type II compliant Naperville data center. Clients can get going with a starter cloud package at $49 a month. Cloud servers can be provisioned in minutes and clients can add on advanced managed services like server monitoring, backups, storage, etc.
Cloud computing in Chicago is here to stay. With its advantages of low cost, scalability and speed of install, more and more companies are choosing the cloud over traditional hosting options.