ePLDT opens first Cebu disaster recovery facility

Published April 26, 2021, 5:00 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

 ePLDT, the Information Communications Technology  (ICT) arm of PLDT Enterprise, recently launched its first disaster recovery (DR) facility in Cebu.

Housed in ePLDT’s VITRO Data Center Cebu 2, the biggest data center outside Luzon, the facility enables Cebu-based enterprises to develop their own Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and become compliant with global standards.

ePLDT’s newest disaster recovery facility in VITRO Cebu 2 offers 100 DR seats available for enterprises

It has 100 DR seats available for enterprises in a 250 square meter area, with  a shared conference room and options for both dedicated or shared seats.

Clients benefit from all service level agreements (SLAs) available within the facility, including physical resiliency and power redundancy which is an ideal business continuity site for manpower relocation and a backup site for IT infrastructure in the event of a disaster.

A disaster recovery facility serves as a data backup site or alternative office space which companies can use to recover and restore their IT systems or operations in case of  failure or natural disasters. 

The site is a crucial component of any company’s Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and part of standards on operational risk management.

Highly regulated industries such as banking & financial institutions are required to abide by a clear and complete BCP to keep its services running at all times.

“The Cebu DR facility is part of ePLDT’s initiatives to fortify businesses’ BCPs as we continue to face disasters and disruptions,” remarked Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups.

“We believe that disaster recovery is key to strengthen the resiliency of businesses,” he underscored.

Overall, Cebu’s DR facility has 12 layers of security and is seismic zone-4 compliant, which means it is able to withstand strong earthquakes, says Nico Alcoseba, VP & Head of ICT Business for PLDT Enterprise.

VITRO Cebu 2 is one of the first three data centers in the Philippines to receive the ANSI/TIA-942 Rated 3 Facilities Certification and is recognized by NTT Communications as a Nexcenter-accredited facility, complying with the global design standards of the world’s most competitive data centers.