PLDT to Develop its Biggest Data Centre for Hyperscalers in Philippines

Philippines’ largest fully integrated telco company PLDT announced on October 19 that will it build its first and biggest data centre in the country designed to service the needs of global hyperscalers.

The facility, which will be undertaken by its subsidiary ePLDT, will be telco-neutral and will incorporate sustainability in its design and operations, according to a report in Newsbytes. The facility will be Tier-3 certified and Tier-4 ready once it starts operations, the company said in a statement.

We are very optimistic and bullish about the hyperscaler demand in the enterprise sector. To support the growing needs of global technology giants and cloud service providers expanding in the region, we at the PLDT Group are proud to announce that we will be building the first hyperscaler data centre facility in the Philippines,” said Nico Alcoseba, VP and head of ICT Business for Enterprise, PLDT.

“This hyperscaler data center is a first of its kind. It will have more power capacity in one facility versus all our 10 VITRO data centers combined. It will also be designed to be global class in energy efficiency and reliability, and will make use of the latest in green technology,” added Alcoseba.

Further, PLDT said it is enhancing its network of data centres to serve and deliver the much bigger requirements of hyperscalers, particularly to service their availability zones which deliver their cloud solutions (in that particular region). The PLDT Group operates the largest network of data centres in the country with its VITRO Data Center facilities situated in different strategic locations.

These data centres are also supported by 524,000-kilometer fibre optic network laid out by PLDT across the archipelago, connecting the Philippines to the world. These facilities are linked to the PLDT Group’s participation in 14 international submarine cable systems and one terrestrial system carrying data traffic going in and out of the Philippines, with three more new submarine cables in construction such as the Jupiter Cable system, the Apricot Cable, and the Asia Direct Cable.

PLDT is continuously enhancing its existing data centres in three main ways. “First, we are adding more power capacity per rack to support the dense and high-powered equipment of hyperscalers. Second, we’re further enhancing the reliability and energy efficiency of our data center facilities. And last, we’re also looking for ways to deliver Renewable Energy to support the carbon neutrality commitments of these companies,” pointed out Alcoseba.

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Venkatesh Ganesh

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