HONOLULU, Hawaii U.S.A.– August 28, 2007 – DRFortress, Hawaii’s premier colocation and Internet exchange provider, today announced the completion of an eight-month project to augment its flagship datacenter, The Fort, in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The state-of-the-art 21,300-square foot facility features 24/7 secure operations, N+1 continuouspower systems and local connections to all the major carriers and ISPs serving the region. The expansion project more than doubles the size of the datacenter and dramatically relieves the shortage of Class-A colocation capacity in Hawaii.
“The expansion was necessary to meet the underserved needs of the Hawaii market,” said Fred Rodi, President of DRFortress. “The demand for quality colocation services is high because of the ever increasing dependency upon technology to support primary business operations. Our datacenter offers a secure, economical and high-availability environment to house our client’s computing assets. Staying in business today means being online and accessible all day, every day. Companies are realizing this requires boarding your servers in a purpose-built datacenter like The Fort.”
With a much higher design standard for power and cooling capacity, the new development has already attracted strong interest from many reputable service providers and large enterprises. Among them, DataHouse and Aloha Airlines have both made commitments to grow their installations within The Fort.
“We selected DRFortress as our primary colocation provider in order to meet our customer’s expectations for progressive, best-in-class datacenter services,” said DataHouse President and CEO, Clyde Shiigi. “The advanced design at The Fort will allow us to deploy the latest generation of server technology and create new value in our business.”
The Fort occupies a crucial position in the Hawaii telecommunications market, serving as the intersection for all the major carriers and ISPs serving the state, including AT&T, Hawaiian
Telcom, Pacific Lightnet, Qwest, and Time Warner Telecom. As the only commercial Internet exchange in Hawaii, DRFortress’ peering platform makes it possible for participants to trade network traffic locally, eliminating the need for inefficient transit services to and from the mainland with every click of the mouse.
To complete the datacenter upgrade and expansion, DRFortress raised an additional $5 million in private equity financing from a distinguished group of investors from Hawaii, the U.S. mainland and Japan; including SevenSeas Techworks Co., Ltd. and AIPA Properties, LLC.
“SevenSeas Techworks is very excited about our partnership with DRFortress,” said Hidehisa Onda, CEO and Chairman of the Board for SevenSeas Holdings, Co., LTD. “Our decision to invest in DRFortress was based upon our strong confidence in the DRFortress management team, the premium quality of services that DRFortress delivers to their Clients and the opportunity to fill a gap in Hawaii’s growing technology market.”
DRFortress was founded in March 2006 and acquired the original Pihana Pacific datacenter from Equinix, Inc. in December 2006. The Company is managed locally by former Equinix
employees, blending their extensive colocation knowledge with a singular focus on the unique market in Hawaii.
DR Fortress is a managed colocation provider focused on providing premium datacenter and Internet exchange services to enterprises, network providers and eCommerce companies from its flagship facility in Honolulu, Hawaii. Locally managed and privately financed, DR Fortress was founded in March 2006. Institutional investors include SevenSeas Techworks Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of SevenSeas Holdings Co., Ltd. (TSE: 3750) and AIPA Properties, LLC. Additional information is available at www.drfortress.com.