ePLDT, Inc., the industry-leading enabler of digital business solutions in the Philippines, recently received a global accreditation for its newly inaugurated VITRO Data Center in Cebu City. NTT Communications now recognizes the new robust facility as part of its network of Nexcenter-certified data centers, which are located in more than 140 locations in 18 countries.
All Nexcenter-accredited data centers passed rigorous in-house parameters set by NTT Communications, ensuring that all facilities meet the globally consistent data center standards in service quality, flexibility and cost efficiency.
NTT Communications employs consistent operational procedures across all its data centers worldwide, backed with the benchmarks set by international certifications and operational guidelines such as ISO and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL).
To date, ePLDT carries a total of five Nexcenter-accredited data centers that are in Makati, Pasig, Paranaque, Clark and Cebu.
“This accreditation comes at a very opportune time for the company as we recently launched our premiere data center in Cebu,” said Eric Alberto, ePLDT Group President and CEO and PLDT-SMART Chief Revenue Officer. “As part of the international network of the state-of-the-art data center facilities around the world, VITRO Cebu 2 is now more capable of offering technology solutions to businesses that are looking to expand their operations in the region. Similar to other Nexcenter-certified data centers across the globe, VITRO Cebu 2 is positioned to empower both local and multinational businesses with global scalability that conforms with NTT Communications’ consistent data center standards and service quality.”
VITRO Cebu 2 is ePLDT’s 10th data center facility in the country to date. It houses up to 800 racks, completing ePLDT VITRO Network’s 9,150 total rack capacity. These data centers are interconnected by Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology, which enables consistency of services across the VITRO Network.
For instance, SDN minimizes the cost and complexity of backing up and replicating data from one VITRO site to another, therefore not only optimizing IT infrastructure resiliency but also providing geo-redundancy.
According to Nerisse Ramos, ePLDT Group Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, VITRO Cebu 2—with its global accreditation—will help drive economic growth by attracting more investors to build their business in the region and optimize its operations by collocating in a premiere data center.
“Knowing that there is a state-of-the-art data center in Cebu will help secure the growth of Cebu-based businesses and will help attract more investments in one of the country’s fastest-growing economies,” Ramos said. “Our new VITRO Cebu 2 Data Center will help drive positive economic impact in Cebu, ensuring that businesses meet their demands for managing and safeguarding mission-critical data from natural and operational catastrophes.”
Built from the ground up, VITRO Cebu 2 has 12 layers of physical security, which is one layer more than what other VITRO Data Centers usually have. Furthermore, the server farm is also built with fire-rated walls that can hold fire for up to six hours. VITRO Cebu 2 also uses high-grade security technologies, including finger-vein scanning features, CCTV cameras, and 24/7 monitoring and surveillance.
Jovy Hernandez, Senior Vice President and Head of PLDT & SMART Enterprise Business Groups, said: “Our network of VITRO Data Centers answers the need for more robust infrastructure in supporting the operations of growing enterprises across the country. With globally recognized accreditation and industry-leading best practices, we can readily provide the best solutions for collocation, security, connectivity and disaster recovery, among others. These inspire fearlessness and peace of mind in customers and allow them to focus on expanding their business.”