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Aug 17
Economic Development Council

Centeris' Transpacific Hub: Now Open for Business

By Economic Development Council
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david-jennings.jpgBy: David Jennings, Information and Communications Technology Business Development Manager

Like new housing and roadway developments in the Seattle-King County region, it’s important to stay on top of new Information & Communications Technology (ICT) data centers and infrastructure projects coming online that help to sustain Seattle’s tech growth and economic vitality.

Over the past few months, the EDC’s ICT team has been working with Centeris to understand the benefits of its recently announced SH1 data center as well as the “Transpacific Hub®” in order to help get the word out to regional public/private organizations, as well as to prospective new domestic and international clients.

Launched in March, the nation’s first Transpacific Hub is located at Centeris’ massive 86-acre data center campus in Puyallup (35 miles south of Seattle), which was originally built in 1996 as a chip manufacturing facility but was never operated. The site was later purchased by Bellevue-based The Benaroya Company and repurposed into a data center campus. The Hub combines fast and secure connectivity with industrial IT power for businesses in the U.S. and throughout important Asian markets requiring high performance computing, storage, e-commerce, disaster recovery and cloud computing applications. It also leverages dense fiber networks connecting to key Network Access Points (NAPs) along the West Coast, including direct links to Seattle’s Westin Building Exchange and Silicon Valley, in addition to new fiber that connects directly to Asian markets via nearby subsea cable systems.


Today, the Centeris SH Campus includes a world-class datacenter (SH1) with 56,000 square feet of white space already servicing content, logistics, medical, cloud, technology, and gaming companies from around the world. The second data center (SH2) is a 176,000 square-foot powered shell ready for custom build-out. Another significant benefit of the new campus is the dedicated on-site substation with 50 megawatts of green power with both physical and power capacity for another 1.5 million square feet of space. It also enjoys the security of a private campus, while being located in greater Seattle, the ‘Cloud Capital’ of the world.

The Hub likens itself to a major West Coast port, able to quickly aggregate and reliably shuttle data between Asia and the United States. With help from partner Wave Broadband’s western fiber network, data can travel to more than 80 other Points of Presence (POPs) along the West Coast, as well as to major subsea cable systems connecting the two regions. It also offers a great redundancy option to downtown Seattle and California data centers.

With more businesses dependent on the Internet and with increased data traffic going between Asia and the United States, new infrastructure options like Centeris are critical. But, like any business, competition is fierce. Centeris has been well prepared as it has differentiated the scalability, reliability, connectivity and application set of Centeris South Hill.

If you’re interested in further IT expansion data or information, please email David Jennings - djennings@edc-seaking.org.