• PLDT aims to finish P2.5-B data center in H1 2016

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    Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co.’s (PLDT) wholly owned unit ePLDT is targeting to finish construction of two additional data centers worth P2.5 billion in Makati City in the first half of next year.

    “As we speak, we have six data centers that are operational for the group, Vitro and IP Converge, and then we’re finishing our two data centers in Makati,” said Ernesto Alberto, executive vice president and head of PLDT Enterprise International Carrier Business and president and chief executive officer of ePLDT.

    “Siguro mga [maybe]first quarter of next year, before the end of the first half. And then in Clark [the data center is]still ongoing,” Alberto told reporters.

    “If we finish the whole eight, we have over 8,000 racks. In Makati, well, we don’t have the final bill yet, but on its first phase, P1.5 billion. That’s for the first phase only. Maybe P2 billion to P2.5 billion if fully complete. In Clark, about P1.3 billion,” he said, referring to the investment cost of the data centers.

    The company is investing billions of pesos to construct a state-of-the-art data facility in Makati’s central business district.

    According to ePLDT, the PLDT Group is investing heavily 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.

    The new data center will have isolated rooms for the air handling units, 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. The new configuration will also minimize the possibility of dust and dirt entering the colocation space.

    The PLDT official said that the company is also looking to construct other data stations in southern part of the country such as Cebu, Davao, Iloilo and Bacolod.

    “Pupunuin muna namin iyong existing capacity [We will fill up the existing capacity first] but we’re looking at more of the south, fortifying our Cebu [presence]. We’re looking also at Davao, Iloilo, Bacolod. It is still fluid, but obviously there is still a need to fortify capacity and presence in this,” Alberto said.

    PLDT’s ICT infra
    Earlier, Alberto said that to meet the fast-growing requirements of Philippine businesses, the PLDT Group has invested heavily in ICT (information and communications technology) infrastructure and technologies that have empowered the country’s enterprises to compete successfully with more advanced IT (information technology) economies.

    “We are on track with the PLDT Group’s strategic efforts in enabling the economy’s digital enterprise transformation and to sustain our undisputed leadership in the enterprise segment,” he added.

    PLDT earlier said it was increasing its capital expenditure spending for 2015 to a record-high P43 billion, largely for enhancing network resiliency to ensure operational reliability, stability and quality of service, upgrades of service development platforms to handle more data service offers.

    Banking on ICT services, the IT-BPO (business process outsourcing) industry in the Philippines has grown rapidly over the past decade.

    According to the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines (IBPAP), the industry employed over 1.03 million Filipinos and generated more than $18 billion in revenues in 2014.

    The industry is also on track to hit its target of 1.3 million BPO workers by 2016 and $25 billion in revenues.

    Currently supporting critical industries with large-scale ICT needs like the BPO and the offshoring & outsourcing (O&O) sector, the PLDT Group has invested more than P300 billion in the last 10 years to roll out its network infrastructure.

    It has grown its suite of enterprise-grade solutions, and trained and developed organic expertise within the organization that benefits both large enterprises and SMEs in their operations and eventual expansion.

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