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VITRO Sta. Rosa Will Sustain PLDT's Data Center Dominance

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The VITRO Data Center will be constructed on a five-hectare plot in Sta. Rosa, Laguna, aims to be the largest data center campus in the country once it becomes operational by the end of next year.

PLDT, through its wholly-owned ICT subsidiary ePLDT, maintains its data center dominance in the Philippines by growing its overall rack capacity through additional investments. The Philippines' largest fully integrated telco continues to add racks to its vast network of VITRO data centers, which is now at 74% rack utilization.

Following a surge in demand coming from local and global enterprises, the Group recently reported that it has added 612 racks. “We will continue to add more to ensure we are ahead of the demand not only for local enterprises but also for hyperscalers. This supports the reinforced push of the government, particularly the Department of Trade and Industry, for hyperscaler data centers as the second coming of the BPO industry,” PLDT and Smart President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio shared during a recent briefing.

Currently operating 10 VITRO Data Centers, ePLDT has deployed 4,541 of 6,133 available racks. The ICT division intends to further enhance the capacity of its Makati, Paranaque, and Clark VITRO data centers.

“We are currently expanding capacity in three of our existing data center sites and building our 11th Vitro Data Center in Sta. Rosa. The target is to add 1,500 racks by the end of the 4th quarter of 2022 and 1,500 racks by the end of 2023. So all told, you're looking at an additional 3,000 available racks from now until the end of next year,” said ePLDT President Viboy Genuino.

The PLDT Group also announced earlier the buildout of its biggest VITRO data center, a premier hyperscaler facility in Sta. Rosa, Laguna with a power capacity scalable to 100 Megawatts. This facility will further fortify its capacity by another 4,500 racks, equal to the total racks already being serviced by all of its data centers combined.

“We are looking forward to opening our VITRO Santa Rosa Hyperscale Data Center. If you look at enterprises in the Philippines, there is a very clear need to digitize their operations in order to drive business agility. This way they can deliver better customer experiences to their end-users. Having a digital channel is a way to do that. Once customers adapt to that, it will further fuel the number of hyperscalers and enterprise customers in need of our data center solutions,” added Genuino.

VITRO Sta. Rosa combines sustainable aesthetics with power, efficiency
The VITRO Sta. Rosa facility is PLDT's biggest data center when it opens next year, it will be an energy-efficient and eco-conscious facility. Tier-3 certified and Tier 4-ready design includes sustainable operations and aesthetics, minimizing environmental effects.

The PLDT Group has teamed with award-winning engineering firm RED Engineering to create VITRO Sta. Rosa, a first-of-its-kind facility in the Philippines.
Among its initial sustainability initiatives are construction programs for monitoring and conserving fuel and water usage, using solar-powered lighting to reduce fuel dependency, optimizing natural lighting, passive cooling insulation cladding to regulate thermal and acoustic insulation, and using and re-using excess and scrap materials such as aluminum, steel, and glass.

PLDT plans to hire and train local workers to create a skilled workforce. The Sta. Rosa data center will deploy solar on its roofdeck to offer clean backup power, like other PLDT sites.

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