first hyperscaler data centre facility in the Philippines
PLDT, together with ePLDT, is set to build the first and biggest data centre in the country designed to service the massive power and IT requirements of global hyperscalers. It will be telco neutral and will incorporate sustainability in its design and operations.The facility will be Tier-3 certified and Tier-4 ready once it starts operations.
VP and Head of ICT Business for Enterprise at PLDT, Nico Alcoseba said, “we are very optimistic and bullish about the hyperscaler demand in the enterprise sector. To support the growing needs of global technology giants and cloud service providers expanding in the region, we at the PLDT Group are proud to announce that we will be building the first hyperscaler data centre facility in the Philippines.”
“This hyperscaler data centre is a first of its kind. It will have more power capacity in one facility versus all our 10 VITRO data centres combined. It will also be designed to be global class in energy efficiency and reliability, and will make use of the latest in green technology,” added Alcoseba.
In line with the government’s initiatives to make the Philippines a more attractive destination for hyperscalers, the PLDT Group is further enhancing its network of data centres to serve and deliver the much bigger requirements of hyperscalers, particularly to service their availability zones which are the core nodes of their global network to deliver cloud solutions.
Hyperscalers offer organizations access to infrastructure via an IaaS model. Examples of today’s hyperscalers include Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Alibaba, and Amazon. Currently (2021) the largest hyperscale data centres in the region are:
- The Inner Mongolian Information Hub -10.7 million square feet
- Hohhot Data Centre -7.7 million square feet
- The Citadel Campus (northern Nevada) -7.2 million square feet
- Range International Information Hub, Langfang, China -6.6 million square feet
- Switch SuperNAP, Las Vegas, Nevada -3.3 million square feet
The PLDT Group operates the largest network of data centres in the country with its VITRO Data Centre facilities situated in different strategic locations.These facilities are linked to the PLDT Group’s extensive participation in fourteen international submarine cable systems and one terrestrial system carrying data traffic going in and out of the Philippines, with three more new submarine cables in construction such as the Jupiter Cable system, the Apricot Cable, and the Asia Direct Cable.
In continuing Alcoseba explained how the company was enhancing existing data centres.”First, we are adding more power capacity per rack to support the dense and high powered equipment of hyperscalers. Second, we’re further enhancing the reliability and energy efficiency of our data centre facilities. And last, we’re also looking for ways to deliver Renewable Energy to support the carbon neutrality commitments of these companies,” he added.