Major Submarine Fiber Optic Cable Landings Making Business-Friendly Oregon Increasingly Attractive to Data Centers

PORTLAND, Oregon – Oregon has many attractive selling points in the data center industry. It boasts aggressive and low-priced power due to hydro-electric plants on the Columbia river. It’s also a famously clean and green power producer – a selling point for socially responsible companies, and has fewer regulations than neighboring Washington. There’s also no sales tax. A rack might cost anywhere from $200 to $300 thousand, and 10% can be a huge savings. It’s also not as seismically active as other west coast regions, such as the Bay Area. But some of Oregon’s potential is still a bit untapped – new major submarine fibre optic cables are making the region even more competitive. Though there are already three major cables, ViaWest has plans for three more, creating an “eco-system” that Bill Cory, Regional Vice President Sales for ViaWest says will link six of the largest data operators in Hillsboro. This, according to Cory, will create an “eco-system” that will make the area “much more interesting and attractive for business looking to come to Oregon for colocation or cloud.” Service across the first of ViaWest’s three endeavors -- the New Cross Pacific subsea cable --will begin in late 2017, and today ViaWest released the following statement: Directly terminating in ViaWest’s Brookwood Data Center in Hillsboro, Ore., this high capacity subsea cable will significantly reduce the latency between the United States and Asia, delivering up to 80 terabits per second of…