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PLDT subsidiary expanding up to 8 data centers in 2016

IP Converge Data Services Inc., subsidiary of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT), is expanding up to eight data centers by 2016, a PLDT official said.

PLDT Executive Vice President and ePLDT President and CEO Eric Alberto told reporters that IP Converge has completed its sixth data center, with its seventh data center set to be finished by end of this year while constructing its eighth facility by early next year.

Alberto disclosed the company is looking at a total of 8,000-rack capacity with eight data centers nationwide.

“We’re now on our sixth, building our seventh, and looking for our eighth,” he said.

IP Converge’s seventh data center is in Makati City, with the eighth infrastructure targeted to be built on the northern part of the country.

“[The eighth data center] is still under negotiation…. It’s outside Metro Manila in a very secure and investment-friendly area,” he added.

Other data-center facilities of the company are in Cebu, Subic, Makati City and Fort Bonifacio in Taguig City.

“It only reflects that the digital reality of today require us to build infrastructure that will support corporate demands for offloading their [information-technology]  requirements or looking to a partner to help them on their IT requirements,” Alberto said. He added: “More and more enterprises are seeing the reality and the efficiency and the business logic of offloading their IT requirements as it is not their key business but a very key enabler. They find their partner, and, in turn, they can put their efforts, time, and resources improving their core business.”

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