Equinix is planning to open a new data centre in Kuala Lumpur's IT corridor, Cyberjaya, in the first quarter of 2024.
This follows the company's announcement in November last year of its decision to enter the Malaysian market with a US$40 million (S$54 million) data centre in Johor.
The new International Business Exchange (IBX) data centre in Cyberjaya, called KL1, will provide an initial capacity of 450 cabinets and colocation space of 1,300 square metres, the company said.
When fully built, it will have a total of 900 cabinets and a colocation space of 2,630 square meters.
Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA)’s CEO, Datuk Wira Arham Abdul Rahman, said the establishment of the two new data centres by Equinix "will accelerate the development of the nation’s digital economy".
He added that these data centres will power digital innovation, enabling businesses to harness the power of advanced technologies, including cloud computing, artificial intelligence and big data analytics.
KL1 will enable global networks, content providers and enterprises to exchange high volumes of Internet traffic via Equinix Internet Exchange.
Further, the Internet service providers (ISPs) will have access to new digital corridors to exchange data directly with other ISPs, in the digital economy and e-commerce landscape in ASEAN.
Equinix’s Asia Pacific President, Jeremy Deutsch, said by expanding Platform Equinix in the two strategic metros in Malaysia, the aim is to enable Malaysian businesses and multinationals with a presence in Malaysia to leverage a trusted platform to bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure to power their success.
The new facility aims to accelerate the digital vision laid out in the government’s MyDIGITAL blueprint to establish Malaysia as a hub for colocation in ASEAN.
In Asia-Pacific, Equinix currently operates 51 data centres in 13 metros across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore, with expansions announced in Indonesia and Malaysia.