THE country’s leading telecommunication services provider Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) expects to complete its P1 billion data center in Makati in the second quarter of 2016.
The data center is a project of PLDT’s information and communications technology subsidiary, ePLDT.
PLDT started building the state-of-the-art data center in the Makati central business district earlier this year with an original target of completing construction by the end of 2015.
“We experienced a little bit of delay (in the construction) but we are targeting the end of the first quarter (2016)… around April or May,” PLDT vice president Eric Alberto told reporters on the sidelines of a product launch last week.
Alberto said that the construction of the Makati data center is in full swing and once it is completed in 2016 it will add 3,600 full racks to PLDT’s network.
The said data center is among PLDT’s network of data centers called Vitro Data Centers. Currently, PLDT operates three data centers in Subic, Cebu, and the flagship data center in Pasig which has 2,000 racks capacity. Another data center located in Clark is currently being built.
When the data centers in Makati and Clark become fully operational, PLDT expects to have a total capacity of 8,000 racks, tripling its current capacity of more or less 3,000 racks.
“Once all of these data centers are finished our capacity will move from, I think, we are about 3,330 racks now to over 8,000 racks by middle of next year, nearly tripling our capacity,” Alberto said.
Vitro Data Center will have the largest floor space among its current line of data centers at 18,000 square meters and will deploy eight-layer level security to safeguard customers’ critical equipment and data with maximum protection.
Vitro Makati will have data center-rated generators designed to run continuously to eliminate the need for periodic cut-over to other gensets (generator sets) during long commercial power failures. This ensures the continuous operation of client servers colocated at Vitro Makati, even during lengthened power outages.
Alberto said PLDT is also looking at diversifying its landing stations in the next two years or so as it plans to put up landing stations in Davao, Batangas and in a yet to be determined location in the Visayas.
“In the next two or three years we are looking at not only data centers but we are also looking to diversify our landing stations,” he said.
PLDT also expects to complete a partnership project with PCCW, a Hong Kong-based information and telecommunications technology company.
In 2014, PLDT and PCCW commenced the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) Cable System, an international fiber optic system that will increase PLDT’s international bandwidth capacity and raise the resiliency of its overseas links as it enhances the quality of data and internet connections for its customers.
The 25,000-kilometer undersea cable network system that will connect Asia, the Middle East, East Africa, and Europe uses 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps) technology with a minimum capacity use of 10 Gbps.
Alberto said PLDT expects to finish this project by 2016.