Silicon Valley, the world’s beloved tech corridor, is no longer the only coveted ground for tech entrepreneurs, engineers and giants of industry. Cities across America like Boston, Phoenix and Salt Lake City offer the low housing costs, favorable business incentives and access to talent required to support an emerging tech environment. As alternative silicon cities crop up throughout the country, a cluster of high-tech companies have chosen Portland, Oregon, dubbed the “Silicon Forest,” as the home for their data colocation centers. Oregon is home to one of the most dense fiber networks in the Pacific Northwest and offers the best seismic profile of any of the West Coast states, making it an ideal location for data networking and telecommunications.
Approximately 600 miles north of California, Portland, emerged as a prime locale for tech companies in the 1980s. Today, the state’s absence of sales tax, low energy costs and moderate construction costs help position Oregon as a viable outpost for tech giants and their data centers, including Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.
“We have always thought of Hillsboro, Oregon, as a destination market for IT operations,” said John Sheputis, President of Infomart Data Centers. “Infomart recognizes the area’s growing technology prowess and is happy to support our customers’ local IT departments and extended contractor base.”