Philippine telco and digital services provider PLDT, through its business units together with ePLDT and PLDT Enterprise, has opened its second VITRO Data Center in Cebu, its tenth in the country, further cementing its leadership in providing best in class digital solutions to enterprises.
Located in Mandaue City, the P1 billion VITRO Data Center will serve the increased data and ICT needs of not just the city’s 10,000 industrial and commercial businesses but also the whole Cebu province which is known for shipping, furniture-making, tourism, business process outsourcing, and heavy industries.
“This new state-of-the-art facility is part of the PLDT Group’s nationwide effort to support local organizations and enterprises of all sizes — helping them store, manage and safeguard mission-critical data from cybersecurity threats and physical disasters,” said PLDT Group EVP and Chief Revenue Officer and ePLDT President and CEO Eric R. Alberto.
VITRO Cebu 2 is equipped with a maximum of 800 racks, adding to ePLDT’s current 8,300-rack capacity. The new facility is built from the ground up, using the most up-to-date and globally competitive technologies, including finger-vein scanning features, special CCTV cameras, and 24/7 monitoring and surveillance.
“We’ve made sure that all our critical systems — uninterruptable power supplies, switch gears, and transformers — are fully redundant, so collocated clients need not worry about service interruptions that could temporarily halt business operations. This infrastructure redundancy also allows us to conduct IT maintenance without any disruption on client operations, ensuring that crucial data remains safe, all of which resides behind 11 formidable layers of security,” said ePLDT Group’s SVP and Chief Operating Officer Nerisse Ramos.
The VITRO Network of Data Centers has established presence in key cities and locations across the Philippines—such as Makati, Pasig, Clark economic zone, and most recently, Davao, the first in Mindanao—to address the growing demand for colocation in the banking and finance industry, IT-BPM, content and media, retail, and public sectors, among others. The 10 sites are interconnected via a software-defined network, making data centric services available across all facilities.
“Digital infrastructure is becoming a non-negotiable for enterprises today, especially those in the Visayas region which continues to thrive. With local economic performance expected to grow significantly in the next five years, we’ve made considerable improvements to our infrastructure and services to keep up with the demands of our customers and fully support their growth and security,” said SVP and Head of PLDT & SMART Enterprise Business Groups Jovy Hernandez.
“The launch of our 10th VITRO Data Center is a milestone for us as we continue to fulfill our promise of enabling the business landscape of the Philippines. Ultimately, our vision has always been to lay the digital groundwork, so businesses can stay agile and competitive not just locally, but on an international level. Empowered enterprises make a solid foundation for a Philippines that’s ready to take on the future,” said Alberto.
Mandaue City, for example, produces 75% of the country’s total furniture exports and hosts Shemberg, the world’s top carrageenan supplier.
The second Cebu VITRO Data Center is supported by PLDT’s robust fiber optic network spanning over 187,000 kilometers, enabling the delivery of digital solutions nationwide.