THE Manny Pangilinan-led PLDT Inc. expects to increase its data centers to 10 by the middle of 2017, which would to boost its capacity to 10,000 racks by the end of next year from 3,600 racks at present.
The data centers are part of the project of PLDT’s information and communications technology subsidiary, ePLDT. They serve as nearby centers that can hold enormous data for big companies to source for their own big data storage needs.
The data centers are among PLDT’s network of centers under Vitro Data Centers.
Eric Alberto, PLDT executive vice president and ePLDT president and chief executive officer, said the expansion for this year would be in Makati City and Clark in Pampanga while two others are to be completed mid next year — a new center in Davao and an expansion of its Cebu data center.
“By the end of 2016, we’ll be at 8,300-rack capacity — certainly the largest in the country. And we’re looking to open our ninth and tenth by middle of next year . . . So we’re really trying to target closing in on 10,000 [rack]capacity,” Alberto said.
He said the P2-billion Makati data center to be opened within this month “is the biggest data center in the country with about 3,600 racks” which is “double [the]original” data center in Pasig.
After the Makati data center, the 1,600-rack Clark data center would be up and running in July, he said.
Without giving investment figures, Alberto said PLDT will then complete its Davao data center in the first half of next year, while the expanded Cebu data center — adding about 1,000 racks from the current 200-rack capacity — will be built and opened by the middle or latter part of 2017.
“Data center is just one piece of the SMACS [Social, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud and Security]. We made a deliberate decision as early as four to four and a half years ago to really put a bet and position on such investments, which today is proving to be the right decision as it augurs well to our aspiration to be the most trusted digital enabler in this country,” Alberto said.
With the change in administration, the ePLDT president said demand and investments to Mindanao, particularly in Davao, may improve since incoming President Rodrigo Duterte is from Davao City.
“[The one in Davao] is a small one because we don’t see as much volume of demand yet in Mindanao. But certainly there will be a market that would have a preference for diversity and being hosted in that part of the country,” Alberto said.
“It is smaller [in]size. Mindanao at large is not that big [in terms of demand]. But given the change in leadership, that might change, right?” he added.
To date, PLDT has six operating data centers located in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Cebu City, Makati City, Parañaque, Pasig and Subic.