Islands to see new Tier III data center

DC Alliance has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Palau-based Pacific Blockchain Corp. “to explore the development of a Tier III rated Data Centre in the Republic of Palau,” according to a Feb. 11 release.

DC Alliance is a Singapore-based company that specializes in the “development of tier certified colocation data centre facilities. It acquired Pier DC in Perth, Australia in 2020 as its first data centre facility and subsequently renamed it DCA | PIER,” according to its Web site.

Shalom Ngelechel Etpison is vice-president of Pacific Blockchain Corp. He is also CEO of the Ngiratkel Etpison Co. – known as the NECO Group. The announcement marks a new venture for the NECO group, which has largely grown in the tourism sector. Its assets include the Cove Resort, Drop-Off Bar & Grill, NECO Marine, NECO Marine Diveshop, NECO Construction, the Cliffside Hotel, the Splash Diveshop and the Etpison Museum, according to Journal files. It does business at the NECO Marina in Malakal and NECO Plaza in Koror among other locations.

A Tier III data center has multiple paths for power and cooling and systems in place to update and maintain it without taking it offline.

A data center or data centre is a building, a dedicated space within a building, or a group of buildings used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems.

Since IT operations are crucial for business continuity, it generally includes redundant or backup components and infrastructure for power supply, data communication connections, environmental controls (e.g., air conditioning, fire suppression), and various security devices. A large data center is an industrial-scale operation.

Plans for data centers in the region include a partnership between IT&E and Turbidite, which announced a “Tier III+” data center in March 2021 at the current IT&E building.   

GTA and RTI have a Tier III data center in combination with a cable landing station at Piti.

Docomo Pacific offers data center services through “multiple colocation facilities in Guam.”


In his own words

            The Journal is attaching in full a letter from Rear Adm. Benjamin R. Nicholson, commander of Joint Region Marianas.

            For more on some of the issues Nicholson raises, see “All business: JRM commander juggles multiple eggs,” in the Feb. 7 issue of the Journal or at

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Pacific countries press pause on Pacific Island Forum

In a statement on Feb. 14, President David W. Panuelo reiterated the sentiments of an earlier release on the Pacific Islands Forum, after attending a virtual Feb. 12 meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken who was in Fiji for a meeting with the group.

“… I announce today that the Federated States of Micronesia, following consultations among leaders of the Micronesian Presidents’ Summit, and on the basis of consensus, temporarily rescinds the withdrawal by the Federated States of Micronesia from the PIF Agreement in order to take a ‘pause’ on its withdrawal from the PIF from being effective, and to allow for specific substantive reforms of the PIF leadership to materialize by June 2022 and no later.”

Members of the Micronesian Presidents’ Summit – which is comprised of Palau, the Marshall Islands, Nauru, and Kiribati – also attended the virtual meeting with Blinken.

The five countries announced in February 2021 their withdrawal from the forum after what the summit said was the lack of a promised rotation of the secretary-generalship of the forum to the Marshall Islands.

 In September 2021, the Summit “reaffirmed the establishment and strengthening of the Micronesian Presidents’ Summit and its Secretariat in the Republic of Nauru and further agreed for the Republic of Nauru to continue in its role as interim Secretariat until such formalities are in place.”

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission’s secretariat is in Pohnpei in the FSM. The commission began operations in 2005. The construction of the building in Pohnpei was funded by the People’s Republic of China, according to Journal files.

The FSM is due to host the United Nations Multi-Country Office for the North Pacific, according to Journal files.

In other FSM news, repatriation flights to the FSM have been postponed due to the surge of COVID cases in Guam.


Company sues in procurement case

Johndel International Inc., which does business as JMI-Edison is taking the Guam Office of Public Accountability, the A.B. Won Pat International Airport Authority, Guam and Aircraft Service International Inc., which does business as Menzies Aviation to court, according to a Feb. 10 filing in the Superior Court of Guam, shared with the Journal.

The action follows a ruling by the OPA that it was denying the protest of JMI-Edison regarding the award to Menzies Aviation for work at the airport. JMI-Edison had argued that Menzies did not hold a contractor’s license, and that the ruling was improper, since it denied JMI-Edison the opportunity to be heard.

JMI-Edison said in documents that the airport was untimely in its response to a Freedom of Information request as to the licensing status of Menzies Aviation, after which the company contacted the Guam Contractors Licensing Board.

JMI-Edison protested the airport’s award to Menzies in September last year, and the OPA dismissed the matter on Feb. 3 following findings related to correspondence between JMI and Cecil Orsini, executive director of the Guam CLB.

Orsini has since resigned and Linda Ybanez, deputy director of the Guam Department of Public Works has been appointed as acting director, in addition to her other duties.



For your diary:

Guam Community College is taking orders for its Feb. 25 200-plate annual Alumni Lunch Fundraiser – a $45 menu created and to be prepared by GCC’s culinary chef instructors and students. For further details and orders, contact (671) 735-5516 or email [email protected] All proceeds will go to GCC student scholarships and campus improvement projects.

The Northern Mariana Islands Chapter of the American Red Cross is postponing its annual gala from Feb. 26 to April 23 at the Kensington Hotel “due to a significant surge in COVID-19 cases in the CNMI,” the organization said. The delay “will help reduce the possible exposure to COVID,” the organization said. mbj