Wednesday, March 27, 2024

PLDT cements data center leadership with VITRO Inc.

MANILA, Philippines, March 2024 – ePLDT, the ICT subsidiary of PLDT, officially established VITRO Inc. to serve as its dedicated data center operations company to spearhead the PLDT Group’s advancements in its data center builds, innovations, and services as well as optimize operations. The move is also part of the Group’s strong commitment to further elevate customer experience and cater to the demands of hyperscalers and enterprises.

Structure Research 2023 DCI Report Series Market: The Philippines noted that the Philippine data center market is currently worth US$ 219 million and is projected to grow steadily at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 36% through 2028. The rapid growth of the market is driven by the immense demand of hyperscalers, requiring up to 36KW per rack, with projections reaching 50KW by 2027, according to JLL Data Centers's December 2024 Global Outlook study. Even bigger power demand is anticipated from the rampant adoption of Artificial Intelligence (AI), demanding 80-100KW per rack.

“The surge of AI necessitates a rethink in the way we design and build our facilities and an even deeper focus on how we innovate. The creation of VITRO Inc. allows us to be more agile as we adapt to the evolving needs of the digital market and build more world-class facilities that will advance the Philippines’ digitalization,” said Victor S. Genuino, President & CEO of ePLDT and VITRO Inc.

VITRO Inc. also announced it is on track to open its biggest data center facility in July this year – the country’s first true hyperscale data center facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. VITRO Sta. Rosa is a massive purpose-built 50-megawatt hyperscale facility designed to be ANSI/TIA-942 Rated 3-Certified and Rated 4-Ready and equipped with at least three fiber routes to ensure network diversity, resilience, and carrier neutrality.

“Our aggressive capacity build positions VITRO as a key player with the largest local data center footprint readily available to serve the stringent needs of the rapidly growing hyperscale and AI market,” said Gary F. Ignacio, Chief Commercial Officer of VITRO Inc.

With the full activation of VITRO Sta. Rosa, VITRO Inc. will double its ultimate facility capacity to 99.5 MW, cementing its Philippine market leadership and the country’s position to be the next data center hub in Asia Pacific.

VITRO continues ramping up its aggressive capacity build intended to serve global hyperscale demand and tighten its stronghold on the local data center market space.

Since PLDT’s establishment of its first data center in 2000 under ePLDT, VITRO Inc. together with the PLDT Group, continues to advance the country’s digitalization with its hyperscale-grade data centers and robust connectivity solutions enabling both local and global enterprises.

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