Hawaiian colo DRFortress plans to expand its Honolulu facility.

Adding 130 cabinets, the facility at 3375 Koapaka Street in the island's capital city will bring its total number up to more than 600 cabinets and also increase its footprint to about 55,000 sq ft (5,000 sq m).

The company's data center in Honolulu – DRFortress

Hawaiian capacity

The additional capacity is for DRFortress' telco partners and global cloud providers and to also meet the increase in demand due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Fred Rodi, president and founder of DRFortress, said: "As a proven data center partner serving Hawaii for over 14 years, our customers and partners rely on our ability to meet their growing demands for colocation and cloud services.

"This represents our third significant expansion in Hawaii and we are proud to offer our world-class facility at competitive rates."

The expansion is expected to be completed in late 2020.

Back in 2006, the company was founded by four ex-Equinix employees, Jeff Brown, Fred Rodi, Rosa White, and Vinh Do.

With the backing of several investors, DRFortress gathered around $11m to invest in buying its current data center from Equinix, along with tenants and the Hawaiian Internet exchange.

Shortly after it was bought, the Honolulu data center underwent an expansion in 2007 increasing capacity by around 15 percent.

GI Partners acquired a majority stake in DRFortress in January 2020 for an undisclosed sum.