PLDT invests $22.5m in new data center

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The Philippine Long Distance Telecommunications Company (PLDT) is beefing up its data center business by investing in $22.5 million (P1 billion) for the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility based in Makati City’s central business district.

Dubbed Vitro Makati, the facility will serve as the fourth Vitro Data Center in the Philippines by PLDT’s wholly-owned ICT subsidiary ePLDT. The construction is set to be completed by fourth quarter of this year.

PLDT EVP and ePLDT President and CEO Eric Alberto said that once completed, Vitro Makati will add 3,600 full racks to their network of Vitro Data Centers designed to support the growing ICT requirements of the enterprise market.

“The PLDT Group is investing in ensuring that the latest Vitro facility is at par with data centers in leading countries with world-class security features adhering to global-standard operations,” Alberto said. “Over the years, we have strived to ensure that PLDT is at the core of enabling this country to be digitally ready.”

Among the network of Vitro Data Centers, Vitro Makati will have the largest floor space at 18,000 square meters and will deploy 8-layer level security to safeguard customers’ critical equipment and data with maximum protection.

PLDT, as a telecoms and multimedia service provider, currently operates three other Vitro facilities located in Subic, Cebu, and its flagship facility in Pasig having more than 2,000 racks capacity – currently the largest in the country. Aside from ePLDT Vitro, the PLDT Group also operates three other data center facilities under ePLDT subsidiary IP Converge Data Services.

The Makati facility will largely cater to the colocation and other data center service requirements of large corporations, and the banking and finance companies with headquarters in the business district.

Vitro Makati will also be designed according to the TIA-942 infrastructure standards for data centers based on global parameters on network architecture, electrical design, system redundancy, network access control and security, and environmental power management.

To eliminate the need for periodic cut-over to other gensets during long commercial power failures, Vitro Makati will have data center-rated generators designed to run continuously to ensure the continuous operations of client servers collocated at Vitro Makati, even during lengthened power outages.

ePLDT COO Nerisse Ramos said the company has always been committed to investing in and expanding its data center business not only in building world-class facilities adhering to global standards but also in offering globally recognized services from colocation, hosting platforms, network and security services to big data dynamic platform.

“Proof to our commitment is our investment on the training and expertise certification for our personnel, to provide our enterprise customers with best-in-class service experience,” Ramos said.

Vitro Makati’s other data center features will be isolated rooms for the Air Handling Units (AHU) which are intended to increase security and privacy of client-availed collocation services. Maintenance work can be done without having to access or expose the client’s servers. This new configuration will also minimize the possibility of dust and dirt entering the colocation space.

In addition to the new technology that the PLDT Group has invested in, Vitro Makati will also be PCI-DSS compliant and ISO certified, both globally-recognized and widely-required by multinational clients.

Complementing ePLDTs data center services is PLDT’s cloud-based solutions and services for both large enterprises and small-and-medium enterprises or SMEs.

PLDT’s last traded price went up by 3.10 per cent or P88 to close at P2,928 on Monday.

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