Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Globe opens new wing of Makati data center

With demand for cloud computing shooting through the roof, local carrier Globe Telecom recently announced the expansion of its flagship MK2 data center along Pasong Tamo Extension in Makati City.

Globe Business execs led by Jesus "Boboy" Romero (center) hold a press briefing at the new wing of the company's data center in Makati City

Officials of Globe Business, the telco?s corporate arm, said the company spent at least ?nine figures? ? meaning not less than P1 billion — for the new annex of the data center.

Two levels comprising of 1,400 square meters in floor area were added to the facility. Construction lasted for about five months, officials said.

Maximo Bernales Jr., head of service operations at the MK2, the expansion doubles the facility capacity and increases Globe?s current overall data center size.

?Our purposely-built data center is at par with its global contemporaries. It has redundant power and cooling through Building Management System (BMS) integration for the generator set, uninterrupted power supply and precision air conditioning units. A down blast of cold air underneath the raised floors separates hot and cold aisles in-between the racks,? he said.

In terms of safety, Bernales said cable trays isolate power and data cables. Fire suppression systems and smoke detectors are also in place, supported by closed-circuit TV network and BMS systems 24/7.

?Security is fortified with steel doors, card readers, door sensors, anti-tailgating and hand keys in the mantrap facility. Access-wise, a link-way from the old building serves as entry and exit points to the expansion areas,? he added.

Officials said all Globe Business data centers, which are located in Makati City, Mandaluyong City, Quezon City, Cebu City and the upcoming facility in Cavite which is soon to be operational, are all backed up by three global industry certifications: ISO 9001:2008 for Quality Management System, ISO 27001:2005 for Information Security Management System and BS 25999:2007 for Business Continuity Management System.


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