Microsoft to invest US$1 billion in Malaysian data centre
Microsoft is investing US$1bn to build its first data centre in Malaysia over the next five years, the Malaysian Prime Minister announced on Monday.
The U.S. tech company's investment will also fund its "Bersama Malaysia" - Together with Malaysia - initiative, which aims to educate 1mn citizens in digital technology, as well as help to roll-out the government-supported MyDigital Alliance Leadership Council.
The council aims to allow businesses to collaborate on cloud-first and digital-native technology.
Talking of the new project, Malaysia's Prime Minister, YAB Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said: “This significant investment from Microsoft further fortifies Malaysia’s position as a potential regional data hub, and we stand to welcome more such partners as we work with our stakeholders to continually improve Malaysia’s value proposition in this big data space.”
Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President of Microsoft Global Sales, marketing and Operations, believes the new data centre will be a transformation for the country.
He said: “The upcoming data centre region will be a game-changer for Malaysia, enabling the government and businesses to re-imagine and transform their operations to the benefit of all citizens."
Companies such as Petronas - a Malaysian corporate organisation - and Celcom Axiata Berhad have signed to be cloud customers for the new facility.
Microsoft hopes that its investment, partners, and customers will help to create more than 19,000 new direct and in-direct jobs in the country.
Malaysia recently made the headlines in data centre news following its "cabotage policy" which saw Malaysian politician and President of the Malaysian Chinese Association receive criticism for revoking an exemption put forward by the policy.
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GTR and SEGRO agree first UK data centre facility
SEGRO, a property investment and development company, has announced it has come to an agreement with the European data centre platform, Global Technical Realty (GTR) to construct its first UK-based data centre. SEGRO claims that the facility, which will span a total area of 400,711 sq ft, will be located in Slough and is to become “the largest data centre campus in the UK’s premier data centre and communications hub”.
What will SEGRO’s data centre facility be used for?
Supported by the global investment firm KKR, Global Technical Realty says it will be using the facility’s space on a 25-year term to operate bespoke data centres for high-growth global technology companies. The new facility aims to support the growing demand for third-party data centre provision amid ever-increasing growth in data usage and cloud services adoption.
Franek Sodzawiczny, CEO & Founder of GTR, said: “We are excited to be back in the UK alongside our partner KKR and look forward to working closely with SEGRO to deliver this state-of-the-art data centre campus. The data centre space is a fast-moving one. GTR was established to support its customers in providing a data centre solution wherever in the world there is a demand for it. We are delighted that the UK will become home to our flagship concept”.
James Craddock, Managing Director, Thames Valley at SEGRO, said: “We’re pleased to welcome GTR as the latest data centre operator to our thriving estate and our team of experts look forward to developing a stunning new facility for them and their customers. “Homeworking, data streaming, e-commerce and businesses’ reliance on cloud services have all grown during the pandemic, meaning demand for data centres is unabated.
“Slough Trading Estate is home to Europe’s largest data centre cluster and data centres are increasingly regarded as part of our key national infrastructure given the critical role they play in our daily lives”, he added.
The facility is expected to be delivered in two phases with operations beginning by Q4 of next year. The first phase plans to provide 132,575 sq ft of space phase two will create 268,136 sq ft of space. “Vacant possession of the site delivered to the customer by early 2022”, SEGRO said.
The project is also expected to create around 200 jobs during its construction, and a further 80 permanent roles once completed.