PLDT opens P4-B data center in Makati, said to be biggest in PH

With an estimated cost of P4 billion, dominant telco PLDT has opened its newest data center in Makati City – said to be the country’s biggest — to cater to financial firms likes banks and insurance firms, as well as BPO companies and government institutions.

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Set up by PLDT subsidiary ePLDT, the Vitro Data Center sits on a nearly two-hectare property in Nicanor Garcia Street with a 3,600-rack capacity. It is equipped with systems and facilities to guarantee continuous operations and features an 11-layer security design.

The facility, which has an airy lobby akin to that of a hotel, also houses PLDT’s seventh Innovation Lab, where the company’s ICT products are developed and tested, according to ePLDT chief operating officer Nerisse Ramos.

The launch is part of PLDT’s aggressive roll-out of data centers nationwide, with the company expecting to open its new data center in Clark, Pampanga in mid-September. It expects to have a total of 10 data centers with capacity of over 10,000 racks by next year.

The company is also busy drawing up plans to put up its first data center in Mindanao to be built in Davao by next month while its data center in Cebu will be expanded by next year.

IP Converge (IPC), an ePLDT unit, also operates three more data center facilities located in Makati, Bonifacio Global City, and its biggest in Sucat, Parañaque, that primarily serve small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

By end-2017, PLDT said it would have invested about P10 billion in data centers nationwide.

Shown in photo during the launch are top PLDT execs (from left) Nerisse Ramos, Eric Alberto, and Jovy Hernandez

Shown in photo during the launch are top PLDT execs (from left) Nerisse Ramos, Eric Alberto, and Jovy Hernandez

The Vitro Data Center in Makati is touted to be earthquake-resistant as it is built on solid ground without seismic faults within its proximity. In addition, special architectural techniques and materials planning were implemented to provide the data center with fire-rated concrete walls and flood-protected design.

As a result, PLDT said Vitro Makati is rated to withstand earthquakes up to Intensity 8 in the Richter scale. The data center is also compliant with global design standards.

“The need for scalable and secure hosting facilities to house and manage critical platforms is also growing in importance as the enterprise becomes more data-driven as a result of continuous digital transformation initiatives,” said PLDT executive vice president and ePLDT president and CEO Eric R. Alberto.

The company said each major component of the facility is configured with redundant counterparts in place that seamlessly operate to anticipate adverse events, including power generators and Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) units, among others.

As part of the Vitro network of data centers, Vitro Makati also serves as a carrier-neutral Internet Exchange facility that provides numerous IP peering services, enabling access to local and international content.

ePLDT was the first to put up a purposely-built data center in the country with the Vitro Data Center in Pasig which opened in 2000 with a rack capacity of 1,800.

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