VITRO continues to expand

Riding a surge in demand from local and global enterprises, PLDT, through its wholly-owned ICT subsidiary ePLDT, is increasing the total rack capacity of its VITRO data centers.

The telco disclosed Wednesday, August 24 they have added 612 racks and attaining 74 percent total rack utilization.

“We will continue to add more to ensure we are ahead of the demand not only for local enterprises, but also for hyperscalers," according to PLDT and Smart President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio.

Currently operating 10 VITRO Data Centers, ePLDT has 4,541 of 6,133 ready racks already in service.

The ICT arm plans to further expand the capacity of three of its major VITRO data centers located in Makati, Paranaque, and Clark.

“We are currently expanding capacity in three of our existing data center sites and building our 11th Vitro Data Center in Sta. Rosa," says ePLDT President Viboy Genuino.

"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,” he explained.

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.

The facility will 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," according to Genuino.

"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 amount of hyperscalers and enterprise customers in need of our data center solutions,” he elaborated.

The VITRO Sta. Rosa facility, set to be PLDT’s biggest data center once it becomes operational by end of next year, is being built to be an energy-efficient and eco-conscious facility.

Its Tier-3 certified and Tier 4-ready design incorporate sustainable operations and aesthetics into its construction to minimize its impact on the environment.