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Equinix opens two IBX data centres in Malaysia

Written by Thu 30 May 2024

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Equinix has launched two new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centres in Malaysia. These are the company’s first data centre facilities in Malaysia, and are intended to expand Equinix’s APAC footprint.

Malaysia, a strategic player in the digital market, is poised for significant growth. The Malaysian data centre market is projected to remain robust, with a growth trajectory from $1.21 billion USD in 2024 to $1.62 billion USD in 2028. Both Johor and Kuala Lumpur, where the new Equinix data centres are located, are integral to the country’s MyDIGITAL initiative. This initiative aims to elevate Malaysia into a technology-driven, high-income nation, fostering a regulatory environment that welcomes overseas technology investment from companies like Equinix.

Finally, Malaysia has benefited from the 2019 moratorium on data centres in Singapore. Cities like Johor have become attractive locations for data centres because of their physical proximity to Singapore, providing a necessary alternative to facilities located within Singapore’s borders.

For example, the Equinix Johor (JH1) data centre is located just 15km from the border and offers a direct connection to Equinix data centres in Singapore. This offers access to maximum connectivity as well as overflow capacity for customers of Equinix Singapore data centres.

“Malaysia is a cornerstone market and top destination that is highly sought after by our valuable customers,” said Jeremy Deutsch, president for Asia Pacific at Equinix. “Our unwavering dedication to the Southeast Asia region underscores our belief in its immense potential to drive digital transformation and accommodate a growing digital-savvy population.”

He continued, “We are dedicated to delivering exceptional digital infrastructure solutions that empower businesses to thrive in this dynamic landscape, fueling innovation, growth, and societal advancement.”

The JH1 facility reportedly cost the company $40 million USD in initial investment. The data centre offers 500 cabinets and 1,800 sqm colocation space. In Kuala Lampur, the KL1 data centre offers an additional 900 cabinets and 2,630 sqm of colocation space.

The two facilities, a testament to Equinix’s commitment to sustainable and innovative digital infrastructure, will reportedly operate on 100% renewable energy. This aligns with the company’s stated goal of total carbon neutrality by 2030, reassuring our stakeholders of our dedication to environmental responsibility.

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Written by Thu 30 May 2024

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