Asia Pacific

Malaysia Takes a Bite at Global DC Market

Malaysia aspires to grow the data centre market to RM2 billion by 2020 from RM800 million in 2014 as the demand for data outsourcing grows exponentially globally.

Already an international location for major enterprises, Malaysia is well positioned for market reach to potential growth opportunities in Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Indonesia and the Philippines, says Malaysia’s Minister of Communication and Multimedia Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, adding that the data centre sector in Malaysia was expected to be key to the region’s growth potential.

Ahmad Shabery said:  “The data centre industry in Malaysia has seen significant growth over the last five years with government’s emphasis placed on driving the industry by enhancing local capabilities, facilities and talent. There are 26 data centre service companies in the country, providing a total of one million square feet of data centre space.”

Currently, the biggest data centre in Malaysia is sprawled over 200,000 square feet, which is about the size of a two-and-a-half football fields, he added.

Ahmad Shabery said it is staggering to think about the overwhelming streams of data that people produced from activities on the internet.

“Collectively, we send more than 60 billion WhatsApp messages a day, upload 2.4 million photos on Instagram every hour, view six million Facebook pages every minute and make one million Google searches every second globally,” he said.

Hence, storing and managing these huge amount of data is definitely a challenge, he added.

“In the data economy, creating wealth requires the skill of an alchemist. In other words, management of this abundant resource will be key for countries and companies that aspire to surge ahead,” Ahmad Shabery said.

On the roll-out of the National Big Data Framework last year, he said it could provide guidelines for the country to propel itself as a data hub in the region.