Friday, February 17, 2023

ePLDT Expands Largest Operational Data Center to Meet Surging Demand in the Philippines

ePLDT Inc., the leading data center provider in the Philippines, has announced the expansion of its largest operational data center to date, the VITRO Makati 2 (VM2), with an additional 12 MW capacity that will power nearly 1,600 new racks.

This expansion will bring VM2's total capacity to 3,360 racks running on 20 MW of total power capacity, an increase of 150%. The additional capacity will be ready by March 2023, in line with the surging data center demand in the country.

The VM2 data center serves as one of PLDT's global points of presence and connects directly to major international cable landing stations in the country, thereby directing massive global data into VITRO's network. This seamless flow of data enriches the diversity of content and IP hosted in the data center's premiere peering platform, the VITRO internet exchange (VIX).

The expansion of VM2 will enable ePLDT to accommodate additional requirements of existing customers and to keep up with the country's ever-increasing data center demands. This strategy to rapidly invest in more capacity is driven by the accelerated adoption of digital financial services, e-commerce, digital media, as well as the government's strong push for digitalization and regional competitiveness.

Aside from VM2, ePLDT's data center network in the country also includes the VITRO Cebu 2, Clark and Paranaque data centers, which boasts of achieving the most number of global certifications in the local data center industry today.

The company is also building its 11th data center in the Philippines located in a 5-hectare property in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. VITRO Sta. Rosa will have an initial power capacity of 14MW in early 2024 and will further increase to 50MW once fully operational, making it the largest and most advanced data center in the country.

With a total rack capacity of nearly 10,000, ePLDT operates the widest data center network in the country to meet the requirements of local and global enterprises across various key industries.

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