To accommodate the service requirements of global hyperscalers entering the Philippines, PLDT is going to build the biggest data center in the country.
The top telco player will be collaborating with ePLDT, its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) arm, to bring the project to actualization.
According to PLDT VP and Head of ICT Business for Enterprise Nico Alcoseba, they’re intent on making the venture happen, noting that there’s substantial demand for it.
“We are very optimistic and bullish about the hyperscaler demand in the enterprise sector,” he said.
“We will build the first hyperscaler data center facility in the Philippines,” Alcoseba added.
Design-wise, the facility will be focusing on sustainability. When it comes to operations, it will be telco neutral and be Tier-3 certified and Tier-4 ready.
Alcoseba said this data center will be a first in the country, adding it will be much larger in scale compared to their past projects.
“This hyperscaler data center is a first of its kind,” he pointed out.
“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,” Alcoseba explained.
Besides creating this new data center, PLDT is also planning to upgrade its existing data centers as part of its effort to attract hyperscalers in the country.
The company said they want to start by servicing their availability zones to deliver cloud solutions, which serve as the core nodes of their global network.
“First, we are adding more power capacity per rack to support the dense and high-powered equipment of hyperscalers,” Alcoseba shared.
“Second, we’re enhancing the reliability and energy efficiency of our data center facilities.”
“And last, we’re looking for ways to deliver Renewable Energy to support the carbon neutrality commitments of these companies.”
At present, the PLDT Group owns the largest network of data centers in the Philippines. It’s connected to 14 international submarine cable systems and one terrestrial system and is being supported by the telco’s 524,000-kilometer fiber-optic network spread across the country.
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