Hawaiki Submarine Cable has selected Peak 10 + ViaWest (now Flexential) Brookwood data center in Hillsboro, Oregon as its US PoP (point of presence) and terminal station to install the SLTE of Hawaiki cable system. The Hawaiki cable stretchs more than 14,000 km across the Pacific Ocean and is the first carrier-neutral, low-latency, fiber-optic connection between the continental U.S., Hawaii, Australia, New Zealand and American Samoa, with system capacity of 43.8 Tbps. The New Cross Pacific (NCP) cable system is also terminated at the Brookwood data center.

The PFE of Hawaiki cable system is installed at the Pacific City cable landing station owned by Tillamook Lightwave, an Oregon Intergovernmental Agency. Tillamook Lightwave also provides terrestrial infrastructure, including conduit from the beach manhole to the landing station. 

The PFE of NCP cable system is installed at another cable landing station in Pacific City.

The backhaul for Hawaiki cable system between the Pacific City cable landing station and the Brookwood data center is provided by CoastCom, a privately held Oregon Competitive Local Exchange Carrier, which has supplied and installed a brand new fibre optic cable network for Hawaiki cable system.  

CoastCom also provides backhaul for the NCP cable system. Both Hawaiki and NCP use the same two backhaul routes from Pacific City to Hillsboro, although they are in different landing stations with a couple miles from each other. In 2016, Wave Broadband (doing business as Astound Business Solutions) acquired CoastCom. In October 2017, Wave Broadband completed the build of the Nestucca Route backhaul network linking the undersea cable landing stations in Pacific City, Oregon, to six nearby data centers, with 97-mile and two 864 low-loss, single-mode fiber cables (Ring I). Businesses connected to the fiber ring or the landing station can now leverage Wave’s 7,500 miles of fiber network to transmit data along the West Coast in Washington, Oregon, and California.

In 2020, Astound built the Hillsboro Data Center Ring II (a 3,456-strand fiber network), together with above Ring I, connecting up to 14 data centers and 7 transpacific submarine cable systems.

Peak 10 + ViaWest (now Flexential) customers will have direct access to the Hawaiki cable and NCP using a simple cross connect. Also, the cable will provide access to international telecom carriers. These benefits will be available to customers in any of the 40 Peak 10 + ViaWest data centers across the country, leveraging the company’s 100 Gigabit network backbone. In addition, customers in other Hillsboro-area data centers may access the Hawaiki cable and NCP via metro cross-connects on the Coastcom Hillsboro Data Center Fiber Ring.

CoastCom Hillsboro Data Center Fiber Ring

Oregon is the home of hyperscale cloud computing on the US west coast, and Hillsboro is the fiber optic hub where the networks of all major cloud computing companies and internet service providers converge and interconnect. Hawaiki selected Peak 10 + ViaWest because of its long experience in the Hillsboro market.

Oregon offers one of the lowest business tax rates in the U.S., along with added attractive business tax incentives, credits and abatement programs. As a terminal station for both Hawaiki cable system and NCP, the Brookwood data center serves as a geographic gateway to conduct business within Asia Pacific.

The Brookwood data center features: 

  • 116,559-square-foot data center footprint (114,700-square-foot expansion underway)
  • 6 MW gross UPS capacity; 2(N+1) UPS redundancy
  • N+1 cooling redundancy
  • 100% SLA on power, network and bandwidth
  • 100 Gbps network backbone, scalable to 400 Gbps
  • 5-zone security access