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Iskandar Malaysia aims to be a key data centre hub

T.C. Seow | April 7, 2014
Factors such as good infrastructure, availability of skilled manpower, and geographical location, make Iskandar Malaysia in Johor an attractive site for data centres to cater to demands from within and outside the country.

Datuk Badlisham, MDeC
Photo: Datuk Badlisham, MDeC.

The third Southeast Asia Data Centre and Cloud Congress, held on 26-27 March 2014 at the newly opened Traders Hotel in the Iskandar region of Johor Bahru, was the focal point of the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) of Malaysia to showcase some of the key data centre players in the region, and the congregation of IT professionals from the region to discuss and present their latest findings.

The two-day event also saw presentations on cloud services, finance and investment, as well as new technological innovation, and data centre megatrends. The line-up of speakers included Steve Wallage, Managing Director of BroadGroup Consulting; Bob Sharon, Founder and CEO of Green Global Solutions; and Markku Lepisto, Technological Evangelist, APAC, Amazon Web Services.

According to MDeC, the event was to help establish Malaysia as a world-class data centre hub with Iskandar Malaysia being one of its primary regions. This is one of the key projects that are part of Malaysia's Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

Speaking at the event, Datuk Badlisham Ghazali, Chief Executive Officer of MDeC, said: "Creating and enhancing the data centre industry is an integral part of Malaysia's digital economy aspirations." He added that Malaysia's data centre industry has been continuing to grow, recording over RM630 million in revenue in 2013, which represented a 40 percent increase from the previous year.

Now in its third iteration, the two-day event highlighted Asia Pacific as a growing region for the data centre industry while showcasing Malaysia's potential as a preferred data centre destination. MDeC, working with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority, is touting a number of attractive factors such as infrastructure, availability of skilled manpower and talent, and its geographical location as key attractions of Iskandar Malaysia to becoming the region's data centre hub.

"As the lead agency for this project, MDeC's role is to boost the marketability of our data centre infrastructure and service providers through various platforms," added Datuk Badlisham. "This increases the opportunity for industry players to showcase their services and value propositions."

He also disclosed that MDeC is also spearheading the establishment of data centre parks, with Cyberjaya and Iskandar Malaysia earmarked as locations for these new facilities.

There are now 23 data centre providers in Malaysia under the ETP's Entry Point Project 3 (EPP3). Last year, the data centre industry in the country attained five more International Data Centre Organisational Certifications, in addition to the eight certifications that were achieved in 2012.


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