PLDT partners with Schneider to upgrade data center

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PLDT, Inc. said it tapped energy automation firm Schneider Electric to upgrade its data center in Pasig City with the latest available technology.

The telecommunications giant’s digital solutions arm ePLDT, Inc. said in a statement Monday it entered an agreement with the French firm for a three-year transformation of its oldest data center, VITRO Pasig.

“The strategic transformation initiative will not only improve VITRO Pasig’s physical infrastructure but more importantly innovate our data center operations management. Beyond just a facility revamp, the project will optimize our current manpower to help us deliver even better and higher quality of data center solutions and services,” ePLDT Chief Technology Officer Dave Simon said in the statement.

Covered by the transformation is the optimization of the 19-year-old data center’s infrastructure facility to generate more power capacity, which is expected to improve its operational and technological capabilities.

Once the transformation project is completed, VITRO Pasig is expected to be on the same level of advancement as ePLDT’s data centers in Makati and Clark.

Last year, PLDT opened a P1-billion data center in Cebu City, increasing the number of the telco’s data centers across the country to 10. Other facilities of the VITRO Network of Data Centers are located in Makati, Pasig, Clark and Davao.

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