PLDT to spend P1.8B for Clark data center
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) earmarked P1.3 billion ($29.38 million) to construct its 8th data center in the country.
PLDT executive vice president Eric Alberto said ePLDT would construct the data center in Clark Special Economic Zone and Freeport in Pampanga.
The planned data center in Clark would be the 5th facility under the VITRO Data Center line. IP Converge Data Services, a ePLDT subsidiary, operates 3 data centers.
Alberto, who is also president and chief executive officer of ePLDT, said the facility would cater to the region’s business communities and planned Information Technology (IT) hubs in Central Luzon. It could also serve the disaster recovery requirements for other businesses elsewhere.
“We’re not doing this for the prestige of becoming the largest data center operator in the country. We’re doing this because we want to enable local enterprises to compete in the global arena and help fulfill our country’s destiny to become the next Asian Economic Tiger,” he said.
Once this center is completed, the PLDT Group would have 8 data centers with rack capacity of over 8,000. Adding an 1,230-rack capacity to the PLDT Group, the 5-storey building would have 8 level access security control and redundant infrastructure to ensure highest uptime service level.
Much like the new VITRO facility in Makati, the VITRO Clark would be based on TIA-942 and LEED standard guidelines and would undergo certifications once completed.
Clark Development Corporation president Arthur Tugade said PLDT's VITRO will make Clark more attractive to investors.
“We’re excited to partner with PLDT for this as we have always known them for quality service, and a provider of employment in the country,” Tugade said. – Rappler.com
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