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2012 Founders & Visionaries - Wahine Edition

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Truly powerful women inspire others. They don’t talk about what they want. They go out and get it. The women featured in this section are nothing short of remarkable. They exude an incredible work ethic, and they are driven by a dream to succeed. See how they became pillars in the community, as they look back on how they got here, and look forward to the opportunities to come.






Committed to Expanding Technology Opportunities in Hawaii

DRFortress Hawaii Datacenter & Local Cloud Node

Rosa White has always believed “the harder I work, the luckier I get”. Perhaps what Rosa calls “luck” is what the rest of us see as the outcome following years of determination, self-discipline, and optimism.   Growing up in San Jose, California as the oldest of three sisters born to non-English speaking immigrant parents, Rosa took on many adult responsibilities to support her family.  “As my parents struggled to learn English, by junior high I managed the family finances.”  After putting herself through college, Rosa graduated from Santa Clara University with an accounting degree and worked for a Silicon Valley software company.  Following some significant promotions and a move to Hawaii, Rosa joined the Hawaii-based Internet datacenter start-up, Pihana Pacific, as Product Finance Manager in 2000.

Twelve years later, Rosa is a founder of DRFortress where she serves as the Chief Financial Officer.  In 2006, faced with a full datacenter and clients desperate for more space but also with a company unwilling to expand further in the Hawaii market, Rosa and her partners raised over $16 million dollars, obtained approval allowing a management buy-out of the Hawaii Internet datacenter from Equinix (who had merged with Pihana Pacific), and expanded the datacenter.  “We saw an unmet need in our technology community that may have otherwise gone unfulfilled for years”.

Rosa White, Chief Financial Officer & Founder

DRFortress is now Hawaii’s largest Internet colocation and cloud-based services provider with hundreds of customers housing their IT systems and applications in its world-class facility.  “When we expanded the facility, we spared no expense and utilized industry best practices. We employ local staff with top-notch technical skill and operational experience.  What this means to our customers is that they have access to a top tier datacenter providing world-leading disaster recovery and cloud services right here in Hawaii.”  After years of hard work, a strong commitment to customer service, and building relationships with Hawaii’s leading businesses and government entities,  it is clear that DRFortress has gained the trust and respect of Hawaii’s IT community. 

When asked what is next for DRFortress, Rosa has the following to say: “We want to build upon our success and strive for significance in the community.  Each employee is required to find a charitable cause each year for which DRFortress provides monetary donations or volunteers time and resources.  In addition, the entire DRFortress team is dedicated to supporting and helping guide the growth of Hawaii’s technology industry by participating in many IT and communication organizations, provide technical education, and help sponsor technology-based events and initiatives.  DRFortress is committed to making a difference in Hawaii.”


3375 Koapaka Street
Honolulu, HI 96819


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