NTT Ltd to build 5th data centre in Malaysia to support digital ecosystem

  • Designed to meet requirements of hyperscalers and high-end enterprises
  • Will meet BNM guidelines for Risk Management in Technology for financial institutions

A close-up view of NTT Ltd's Cyberjaya campus where it plans to build a 5th data centre.

NTT Ltd, a global technology services provider, will construct its fifth data center at the NTT Cyberjaya Campus in Malaysia. Due for completion in 2020, CBJ5 boasts a Tier 4 ready, compact and modular design, to provide clients with a flexible and scalable power and cooling solution. Without offering any details, NTT claims the facility will offer an industry leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) that is the first of its kind in Malaysia.

The announcement comes on the back of Malaysia’s Budget 2020 tabling that has placed focus on driving economic growth through the new digital era. Understanding that data is in the epicenter of successful digitization, the government of Malaysia and other key enterprises are harnessing data and analytics as competitive weapons that will accelerate digital transformation across industries.

With the additional grants and incentives that have been put in place, there are increasingly more organizations considering digital transformation, leading to increased data center demands to support expanding data needs. This is the very demand that the new CBJ5 is looking to fulfil – providing clients with the facilities they require to enhance readiness of digital adoption.

“CBJ5 is designed to meet the requirements of hyperscalers and high-end enterprises, especially those that require solid power management capabilities. CBJ5 is able to accommodate progressive power increments and cooling of up to 10kW/rack. This is revolutionary as it will allow our clients to maximize the power resources in their chosen data center,” said Henrick Choo, CEO, Malaysia for NTT Ltd.

NTT aims to become the leading digital infrastructure provider in Malaysia and will attract both domestic and global traffic into its carrier neutral data center campus that also includes NTT’s global Tier-1 IP network, Multi-Cloud Connect platform and domestic Internet Exchange. The Cyberjaya campus features a high-density fiber network facilitating inter-connection among clients to create a digital supply chain ecosystem.

Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) recently announced a set of guidelines defining Risk Management in Technology (RMiT) for financial institutions, meaning security becomes a crucial consideration as they are now responsible for the safety of the bank’s information infrastructure, systems and data. NTT will address these new requirements by working together with financial institutions, so they are able to comply to BNM’s guideline.

Choo also stated that security will be heightened as the company grows.  “NTT’s physical data center access control will be increased to safeguard all data center blocks within the NTT Cyberjaya campus. We will also be introducing smart security technology integrating Visitor Management Systems with facial recognition technology. Essentially, we will double our security cover with the two combined,” he added.

With NTT, clients are able to choose from multiple architectures from on-premise, to cloud and even multi-cloud. More importantly, the all-encompassing solution comes with solid managed security solutions that gives customers maximum protection while minimizing business disruptions.

“Malaysia is moving in the right direction with positive and encouraging change in the digital economy. We at NTT are proud and excited to be part of this movement by playing a role in boosting the economy. We hope to continue the momentum and to help make the nation’s vision a reality through more public-private partnerships in future. Together, we do great things,” concluded Choo.

The NTT data center platform has global reach alongside local operational expertise and provides access to a wide portfolio of ICT solutions which clients in Malaysia can utilize to support their digital transformation needs and maintain critical applications in a comprehensive, hybrid IT environment.

“NTT will invest aggressively in Asia Pacific as we foresee growth potential in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand.  NTT in Malaysia has been successfully operating the campus data center for the last 20 years.  This data center model has gained popularity all over the world, especially in US and Europe given its flexible growth record and comprehensive network connection,” commented Ryuichi Matsuo, CEO of NTT Global Data Centers and Executive Vice President, Head of Data Center Services, ICT Infrastructure Services, NTT Ltd.

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