PLDT switches on first data center facility in Mindanao

Telco giant PLDT has formally opened Vitro Davao, the first industrial-grade data center facility in Mindanao that is specifically aimed at the region’s booming business sector.

PLDT chief revenue officer and ePLDT president Eric Alberto speaks during the formal launch of Vitro Davao at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City

PLDT chief revenue officer and ePLDT president Eric Alberto speaks during the formal launch of Vitro Davao at Marco Polo Hotel in Davao City

Operated by PLDT’s digital unit ePLDT, Vitro Davao was launched on Monday, Feb. 13, by top company executives through a ceremonial ribbon cutting and a press conference at the Marco Polo Hotel.

The facility is the PLDT Group’s eighth data center in the country. It currently operates Vitro and IP Converge data centers located in Luzon (Subic, Bonifacio Global City, Paranaque, and two in Makati) and Visayas (Cebu).

The activation of two more facilities located in Clark and the expanded data center in Cebu will bring the PLDT Group’s data center total count to ten with a rack capacity of 9,000, which is nearly quadruple of its original capacity from five years ago of sub-2,000 racks.

“We’re particularly optimistic of the thriving industries in Mindanao and we hope to further boost this economic development by providing the region the solid foundation for their much needed digital infrastructure,” said PLDT chief revenue officer and ePLDT president Eric R. Alberto.

“More than simply investing for business, the PLDT Group firmly believes that data centers will serve as the critical foundation for the emerging data-driven enterprise of the future,” Alberto added.

Vitro Davao will offer hosting, co-location, and business continuity services for enterprises in Mindanao, and can serve as a secondary backup location for businesses with data already housed in other data centers across the country.

According to Alberto, various industries have begun to look at Mindanao, the Davao region in particular, as the next area for their expansion.

“The Board of Investments or BOI has recognized the area to be one of the more attractive investment destinations in the country and foresees business process outsourcing (BPO), agricultural, power, and real estate investments to pour in,” Alberto said in his speech.

Per BOI-Davao’s estimate, approximately P887 billion investment leads have been recorded in 2016, which was an exponential leap from the P15 billion worth the year previous. Ninety percent (90%) of these leads were foreign investments, Alberto said.

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Aside from the data center, PLDT also completed the Davao cable landing station project that links Mindanao to PLDT’s three existing international gateways located in Nasugbu, Batangas; Bauang, La Union, and Daet, Camarines Norte.

The company said this will improve the network resiliency in Mindanao through high-bandwidth global connectivity with automatic re-routing and switching capability through different international cable routes in the event of cable faults.

PLDT has also opened the upgraded Innovations Laboratory housed in PLDT Davao, where products and digital services are showcased for customers, and enterprise clients can experience and test out new offerings.

The InnoLab also serves as a venue for collaboration with the local ICT community and educational institutions to spur technopreneurship and build the region’s ecosystem of developers.

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