Digital infrastructure company Equinix plans to open its first data centre in Kuala Lumpur in Q1 2024, following its announcement last year of plans to enter Malaysia with a data centre in Johor.
Spurred by strong cloud growth and e-commerce adoption, as well as its continued investment in 5G, Equinix says Malaysia is one of the fastest-growing data centre markets in the ASEAN region, with much of the development in Johor and Kuala Lumpur.
Equinix says its expansion is expected to provide greater digital infrastructure capacity in Malaysia to address rising demand from local and global companies expanding in the country.
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 and a regional digital economic powerhouse.
The new facility in Kuala Lumpur, named KL1, will be located in Cyberjaya within Kuala Lumpur. Cyberjaya is a key part of the Multimedia Super Corridor in Malaysia, a government-designated zone to promote and boost Malaysia's digital economy.
The first phase of KL1 early next year, will provide an initial capacity of 450 cabinets and colocation space of 1,300 square metres. When fully built, the data centre will provide a total of 900 cabinets and colocation space of 2,630 square metres.
KL1 will enable global networks, content providers and enterprises to exchange high volumes of internet traffic via Equinix Internet Exchange.
In Asia-Pacific, Equinix currently operates 51 data centres in 13 metros across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore, with expansion plans announced in Indonesia and Malaysia.