February 24, 2024

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The Philippines Pushing for More Data Centres

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With increasing data traffic and digital consumption in the new normal combined with the Philippines aspirations of being a regional hub, demand for data centres that support edge computing and cloud operations is accelerating rapidly. As more corporations aim to localise content for business efficiency, data centres – storage, analytics and solutions – offers a plethora of advantages. Data and related services are processed in edge data centres, which are located close to end-users. Latency decreases, websites will load faster and video streaming will be significantly better if content delivery providers use facilities closer to the customer.

Emerging trends in the Philippines show that new companies would be able to enter the Philippines market due to the rapid growth and development of data centre projects. By 2020, the Philippines data centre market was worth USD 280 million in terms of investment. Enterprise spending on cloud services is predicted to rise from USD 1.8 billion to USD 2.6 billion in 2024.

Against this backdrop, the Philippine government has developed the Integrated Government Philippines (iGovPhil) Programme aimed at enabling a whole-of-government ICT transition that will allow for strategic integration and improved efficiency across government organisations. The integrated strategy includes infrastructure, services, applications and tools to improve public service and governance by streamlining processes and improving service delivery.

One of iGovPhil’s objectives is to establish the physical infrastructure to connect government departments, and the government data centre (GDC) fulfils that goal. Many government services, including cloud computing, web hosting, server colocation, and other operations, are launched from here. Several government departments run their own data centres or outsource their data centre requirements. The current tendency in government is to consolidate data centres, not only to save money but also to optimise ICT resources and operations, as well as to address data security concerns. The GDC allows government entities to exchange data and collaborate more efficiently.

Most recently, with the country’s rapid adoption of digital technology, a Philippine telecom provider is considering expanding its data centres and using the high growth potential to serve more businesses in the country.

OpenGov Asia earlier reported that another tech company will be constructing the country’s “first and largest” data centre, which will serve the vast power and IT needs of global hyperscalers. It is expanding its data centre network to support and provide the considerably larger needs of hyperscalers, notably to service their availability zones, which are the key nodes of their worldwide network for delivering cloud products. The facility will be telco-neutral and will incorporate sustainability in its design and operations. The facility will be Tier-3 certified and Tier-4 ready when it launches.

The telco company maintains the country’s largest network of data centres which are supported by the company’s 524,000-kilometre fibre optic network that connects the Philippines to the rest of the world. These facilities are connected to the telco company’s participation in 14 international submarine cable systems and one terrestrial system that carries data traffic in and out of the Philippines, with three more new submarine cables in construction, including the Jupiter Cable, Apricot Cable, and Asia Direct Cable.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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