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PLDT opens largest data center in PH

Facility worth Php 4B, expected to give supreme protection of critical data
By Elyssa Christine Lopez |



From left: PLDT ALPHA EVP and head Jovy Hernandez; ePLDT president and CEO Eric Alberto; ePLDT COO Nerisse Ramos; ePLDT chief technology officer David M. Simon





In a bid to increase its data footprint, PLDT opened the largest data center in the country with a total of 3,600-rack capacity in Makati City on Thursday, July 28.



The P4 billion-worth facility boasts an “11-layer security” for supreme protection of clients’ critical data, usually in the financial, business process outsourcing (BPO) and gaming industries. It sits on a 2-hectare property or more than 7,500 square meters of white space in the heart of Makati, increasing the telco’s rack capacity to nearly 7,000 as of July.


Data centers are tasked to safe-keep large data of different firms like customer client information from cyberattacks and natural and man-made disasters.


“Data centers will serve as a critical foundation for the emerging data-driven enterprise of the future,” Eric Alberto, PLDT Executive Vice President and ePLDT President and CEO said in his opening remarks. “These are digital innovations which allows large enterprises and SMEs to be globally competitive in today’s digital market context.”


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ePLDT Chief Operating Officer Nerisse Ramos said the facility’s strategic location will cater to most institutions with headquarters in the country’s financial district as it is the more “cost-efficient and [a] safe choice.”



“More than a colocation and hosting site, customers can take advantage of the facility’s offer of business continuity and recovery solutions inside the building,” Ramos said in her speech.


The state-of-the-art data center can withstand up to intensity eight earthquake, with concrete walls that can endure up to six hours of fire. Moreover, its design is also in compliance with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) specifications, making it an environmentally efficient facility.


The PLDT Vitro Center Makati is an addition to the telco’s growing data portfolio, now with seven in total nationwide. PLDT aims to increase its rack capacity to 10,000 by the end of 2017, with plans to expand its data center in Cebu by next year and to put up its first facility in Davao, by next month. It will also open PLDT Vitro Center Clark before the quarter ends.


“It’s a good time to do business in Davao today. There are obviously opportunities there,” Alberto told reporters on the sidelines of the event.



The telco's enterprise arm enjoyed a 10 percent growth in sales for the first quarter of the year to Php 7.55 billion buoyed by strong performance of data services in the corporate realm. The latter’s revenue alone accounted for 24 percent of the total data and broadband revenue.

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