Iskandar hub for data centre

Multimedia Development Corp Sdn Bhd (MDeC) chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali

NUSAJAYA: Iskandar Malaysia has been earmarked for the establishment of a second hub for data centre parks in the country under the Entry Point Project 3 (EPP3) of the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP).

Multimedia Development Corp Sdn Bhd (MDeC) chief executive officer Datuk Badlisham Ghazali said that Iskandar Malaysia’s ecosystem was conducive to attract data centre service providers to set up their operations in the economic corridor.

Iskandar Malaysia’s close proximity with Singapore is also an added advantage,’’ he told a press conference.

Badlisham said this at the annual Southeast Asia Data Centre and Cloud Congress that was attended by data service providers from Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam.

Under the EPP3, Malaysia aims to achieve RM786mil in revenue in 2014, RM7bil in private investments and RM2.46bil gross national income contribution by 2020 respectively.

Badlisham said at least half of 23 data centre service providers currently in the Klang Valley region were keen to expand their services to Iskandar Malaysia.

He said they covered the entire spectrum of data centre services – cloud, business continuity, managed services, hosting and co-location, and wholesale space/facilities leasing.

“It only makes sense for these players from all over the world to consider setting up their facilities in Iskandar Malaysia in view of the progress and development taking place in the economic growth corridor,’’ he said.

Badlisham said that in the data centre services industry, players normally would expand their services to other parts of the respective country or the region.

Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) head of economic and investment Engku Ahmad Kamel Engku Taib said that with more investors coming to Iskandar Malaysia, they would need data-related services to support their activities.

“Irda will help to facilitate players who are interested to set up their operations and we are working closely with MDeC to attract data service providers from all over the world,’’ he added.

Engku Ahmad Kamel said the ICT and creative industry was one of the nine key economic sectors being promoted by Irda to transform Iskandar Malaysia into an international metropolis by 2025.

Others are electrical and electronics, petrochemical and oleochemical, food and agro-processing, logistic and related services, tourism, health, education and financial services.