High Tech Hawai'i
Tuesday, February 27, 2001
7:30-8:30 p.m.

"Data Centers in Hawaii"
Host: David Lassner
Lambert Onuma, Chairman, Pihana Pacific
Burt Lum, President & CEO, netEnterprise
Craig Goldenberger, President & CEO, MidPacific Broadband

In spite of any slowdown in the technology sector, there is continued exponential growth in demand for network bandwidth in the marketplace. A new industry has grown up around providing physical facilities that can house networking equipment, network interconnections, large collections of network servers, and equipment. These can be large or small facilities and are variously called "Co-location Facilities", "Data Centers", "Internet Data Centers" and/or "Internet Exchanges".

Fundamentally, their objective is to provide high-quality physical facilities designed to house today's high-tech computer and network equipment. They generally lease space to customers such as Internet Service Providers, Telecommunications companies, large or small businesses that choose not to operate their own data center, Internet content providers, and the emerging businesses that run computer applications for third parties known as Application Service Providers. In addition to leasing space, a data center may offer a variety of value added services including management of equipment, interconnection with other tenants, network connectivity, consulting services and/or large storage systems.

The implementation of new high-speed global fiber optic systems that stop off in Hawaii has increased interest in Hawaii as a prime location for data centers. Such data centers have the potential to actualize Hawaii's potential as a telecommunications hub of the Pacific, much as major railroad interchanges and large harbor facilities defined the economic hubs of the industrial age.

February's High Tech Hawaii will provide viewers the opportunity to meet the founders of three of Hawaii's data center businesses. Burt Lum founded netEnterprise as a local networking and services company that created a data center to serve their local customers. Lambert Onuma founded Pihana Corporation in Hawaii with the initial vision to build a Honolulu data center as the initial facility kicking off construction throughout the Asia-Pacific region. Craig Goldenberger founded Mid-Pacific Broadband with the vision of creating a large data center in Hawaii that will provide global services via the new fiber optic systems being installed.

Join us as Hawaii's foremost data center entrepreneurs share their first-hand perspectives on the industry in general and its impact on Hawaii. As always, High Tech Hawaii is a live call-in program so viewers will be able to ask questions and share comments on the air. During the live airing of the program, questions may be called in to 956-5670 or 1-800-342-7949 (neighbor islands), or sent by email to hth@hawaii.edu.

High Tech Hawai'i is a live monthly call-in show produced by the University of Hawai'I to shed light on high technology activities within the state. It airs live on the fourth Tuesday of each month during the academic year from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. It can be seen live on PEG Access cable channels throughout the state as well as on GTE Americast. On Oahu

Cable it is on Channel 55, on GTE Channel 21, on Kauai Channel 10, and on Hawaii Channel 4 (Hilo area) or 13 (Kona). High Tech Hawai'i is also webcast live on the Internet the Internet using RealVideo by RealNetworks. Free player applications are available.

Now in its 4th year of production, previous High Tech Hawaii shows have highlighted topics such as Y2K, the prospects for high technology in Hawai'i, Internet technologies, telecom regulation, electronic commerce, telemedicine, distance learning, assistive technologies for the disabled and the Pacific Telecommunications Council.

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Related links

  • http://www.pihana.com/
  • http://www.netenterprise.com/

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