With Malaysia a strategic hub for its submarine cables, NTT launches fifth data centre in Cyberjaya
By Digital News Asia February 4, 2021
- Features 6.5MW of critical IT load; boasts a Tier IV ready compact and modular design
- Views Malaysia a prime data center market due to favorable government policies
Global technology services company NTT Ltd announced the launch of its fifth data centre in Malaysia. Located within NTT Cyberjaya Campus, the 107,000 square-feet data centre – known as Cyberjaya 5 (CBJ5) – is designed to meet the requirements of hyperscalers and high-end enterprises.
CBJ5 has 6.5MW of critical IT load and boasts a Tier IV ready, compact and modular design, which can provide clients with a flexible and scalable power. It also features cooling solution of up to 15kW/rack.
In addition, CBJ5 has a cooling wall system that NTT touts as the first of its kind, offering optimum power efficiency and cost-effective cooling system to support high density hyperscalers as well as heavy corporate users in Malaysia.
“NTT in Malaysia has been successfully operating the Cyberjaya campus data center for over 24 years. Its expansion and growth are testimonies to Malaysia’s success in becoming the regional data center hub in ASEAN,” says Ambassador of Japan to Malaysia Hiroshi Oka.
“I believe the launch of CBJ5 is timely and it will certainly attract more international investors and enterprises to Malaysia as a business and economic hub due to its strong digitalization efforts and strategic location within Southeast Asia. This will be instrumental in making Malaysia the ‘Heart of Digital ASEAN’ by 2025 as outlined by the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).”
This is a growth that is in part spurred by the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns, which accelerated the digitalization of businesses in Malaysia.
According to Department of Statistics Malaysia data, the digital economy in 2018 grew to US$66.1 billion (RM267.7 billion), representing 18.5% of Malaysia’s GDP in 2018.
“The demand for data storage and managed hosting services is expected to grow exponentially across Malaysia. This fifth data center will meet the expanding needs of organizations to reach their digital business objectives, in particular the FSI (financial services and insurance) sector, as our data center complies with the Risk Management in Technology (RMiT) guideline set by Bank Negara Malaysia,” says NTT Ltd Malaysia’s chief executive officer, Henrick Choo (pic).
“We hope to play a key role in providing the vital data capacity at a high speed to keep Malaysia’s digital ecosystems and the digital economy ticking.”
The data center expansion in Malaysia is part of the ongoing growth strategy by NTT’s Global Data Centers division, which operates the third-largest data center platform in the world across 20 countries and regions.
For NTT, Malaysia is one of the prime data center markets in the region due to the abundant availability of resources and favorable government policies concerning data center infrastructure.
“NTT places Asia Pacific as a tactical key region, and Malaysia – a strategic hub for the submarine cables operated by NTT such as the new MIST cable system, as well as the existing Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) and Asia Pacific Gateway (APG),” says Ryuichi Matsuo (pic, left), Executive Vice President for NTT Ltd’s Global Data Centers division.
“Furthermore, CBJ5 will drive business opportunities in Asia through the upcoming MIST cable system which will link all our large-scale data centers in the region. Our continued commitment to Malaysia will help position NTT as a technologically innovative leader to address the industries of the future.”
More information about CBJ5 and NTT Global Data Centers can be found here.
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