ePLDT opens 1st disaster recovery facility in Visayas

Published June 30, 2021, 9:31 AM

by Emmie V. Abadilla

ePLDT, the ICT arm of PLDT Enterprise, inaugurated its first disaster recovery facility in Cebu.
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Housed in the company’s second data center, VITRO Cebu 2, in Mandaue City, the new disaster recovery facility enables Cebu-based enterprises to develop their own Business Continuity Plans (BCP) and become compliant with global standards.
The disaster recovery site is a crucial component of any company’s 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 no matter the circumstance.
The facility will serve as a data backup site or alternative office space which companies can use to recover and restore its IT systems or operations in the event of a failure or natural disaster.
At present, ePLDT has two data centers in Cebu (VITRO Cebu 1, VITRO Cebu 2) serving businesses needs for co-location, cloud hosting, disaster recovery, managed servers, security and network services.
VITRO Cebu 1 has a capacity of 193 data center racks while VITRO Cebu 2, the biggest purpose-built commercial data center outside Luzon, offers 796 racks.
VITRO Cebu 2 is also the first TIA-942 Rated 3 Facility certified data center in the VisMin region and has Nexcenter, PCIDSS, and ISO Certifications.
“Cebu has always been a strategic area not just for the PLDT Group but also for the Philippine economy,” commented Jovy Hernandez, ePLDT President & CEO and SVP & Head for PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups.
“That is why we believe that building a Disaster Recovery facility in the region will further boost its booming and diverse business atmosphere,” he stressed.
Already, Cebu is one of the top-of-mind disaster recovery locations for Metro Manila-based enterprises.
The fast-growing economy of Visayas and Mindanao requires business continuity services to be in place to ensure the economy will remain strong and open regardless of the circumstance.
Furthermore, “This pandemic is an opportune time for enterprises to work on their business continuity plans, as more and more businesses have embraced e-commerce,” said Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes.