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A joint venture between a real estate company and a telco has seen them construct a data centre in the middle of a seismically active US state.

The new AlohaNAP (formerly Hawaii Pacific Data) facility in Hawaii is located two miles inland and 130 feet above sea level on the Island of Oahu. According to the USGS National Earthquake Information Center, Hawaii has the highest earthquake density of any location in the nation.

A dangerous spot

However, its owners - Fifteenfortyseven Critical Systems Realty (1547) and satellite and fibre based comms specialist Hawaii Pacific Teleport – are confident in the robustness of their data center. The site’s 10,000 square feet of turn-key space are already fully operational and accepting tenants.

The site may have to call upon the additional 50,000 square feet of white space available, since its access to trans-Pacific submarine cable systems, local fiber providers and a fleet of over 40 satellites has proved popular. Demand is high for this carrier-neutral data center, partly because of its meet-me accommodation and the proximity to Hawaii Pacific Teleport facility.

The fact that its high vantage point and inland location put it outside the flood and tsunami zones also helps, according to the owners.

“We‘re looking forward to introducing AlohaNAP to the PTC community,” said 1547 managing director Corey Welp. “This is state-of-the-art and truly secure,” said Welp, who has developed his data centre construction expertise in the course of financing more than $4 billion for investment opportunities in various asset classes.

Wel’s co-founders have expertise in data center construction. Jerry Martin and Pat Hines both worked at the Martin Group which has focused on the data center space for the last decade. Todd Raymond is a former CEO of data center service provider Telx Communications.

1547 is also working with Green House Data on a data center project in Wyoming.