American digital infrastructure company Equinix plans to open its data center in Kuala Lumpur in the first quarter of 2024, following its expansion announcement last year to enter Malaysia with a data center in Johor.

Equinix said in a statement on Sunday that spurred by strong cloud growth and e-commerce adoption, as well as its continued investment in 5G, Malaysia is one of the fastest growing data center markets in the ASEAN region, with much of the development attributed to Johor and Kuala Lumpur.

It said Equinix’s expansion is expected to provide greater digital infrastructure capacity in Malaysia to address rising demand from local and global companies expanding in the country.

“Over the past several years, we have witnessed Malaysia emerge as an increasingly strategic location for global digital infrastructure, and we believe it to be an attractive destination for data center growth and investment,” said Jeremy Deutsch, President, Asia-Pacific, Equinix.

He said that following the firm’s initial investment in Johor, the firm is excited to add another data center in Kuala Lumpur.

“By expanding Platform Equinix in the two most strategic metros in Malaysia, we will enable Malaysian businesses, as well as multinationals with a presence in Malaysia, to leverage a trusted platform to bring together and interconnect the foundational infrastructure to power their success,” he said.

He also believes the two data centers will fuel Equinix’s existing data center momentum and support Malaysia’s aspirations as a digitally driven connectivity hub.

As Malaysia enters Phase 2 of its MyDIGITAL blueprint for a digital economy, Equinix expect demand for digital infrastructure to remain robust.

Cited Synergy Research, it said Malaysia is already the third largest data center colocation market in the ASEAN region, and is forecast to have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 11 percent from 2022 to 2027.

With extensive global experience in supporting 5G development, it said Equinix’s 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, together with the recently announced JH1 in Johor, will also provide digital infrastructure that businesses need to capitalize on the country’s digital economy, according to the statement.

The KL1 IBX data center 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.

Scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2024, the first phase of KL1 will provide an initial capacity of 450 cabinets and colocation space of 1,300 square meters.

When fully built, it will provide a total of 900 cabinets and colocation space of 2,630 square meters.

According to the statement, KL1 will enable global networks, content providers and enterprises to exchange high volumes of internet traffic via Equinix Internet Exchange.

Through one of the world’s largest global peering solutions at scale, internet service providers will have access to new digital corridors to exchange data directly with other internet service providers, participating in the flourishing digital economy and e-commerce landscape in ASEAN.

Equinix said Malaysia has positioned itself as an attractive digital infrastructure and cloud services hub, providing additional capacity to meet neighboring Singapore’s demand for digital infrastructure.

With a strong leadership position in multicloud connectivity, it said KL1 and Equinix Fabric will enable customers to deploy their infrastructure to connect with the world’s leading cloud service providers, including Alibaba Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, safeguarding their business-critical data in a private and secure environment.

In Asia-Pacific, Equinix currently operates 51 data centers in 13 metros across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea and Singapore, with expansions announced in Indonesia and Malaysia.

“Equinix’s decision to expand its data center investment in Malaysia with locations in Johor and Kuala Lumpur demonstrates the company’s confidence in Malaysia’s potential as a top-tier data center destination,” said Wira Arham Abdul Rahman, Chief Executive Officer of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA).

According to him, the establishment of the two new data centers will play a pivotal role in accelerating the development of the nation’s digital economy.

He said that these data centers will act as catalysts for digital innovation, enabling businesses to harness the power of advanced technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence and big data analytics.

As the principal national promotion agency, he said MIDA remains committed to supporting Equinix’s growth and success in Malaysia as we continue to propel Malaysia’s digital economy to greater heights.

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Chief Executive Officer Mahadhir Aziz said that Equinix’s investment and expansion propels Malaysia closer to its vision of firmly establishing the country as the digital hub of ASEAN.

He noted that the Malaysia Digital (MD) national strategic initiative serves as a catalyst to revolutionize our digital capabilities, bolstering our value proposition to attract digital investments and propel the digital economy forward.

He said the agency is committed to supporting Equinix’s presence in Malaysia and to fostering the growth of the nation’s data center industry through various PEMANGKIN initiatives.

“KL1 not only fortifies Malaysia’s digital infrastructure but also accelerates our ongoing digital transformation,

“This move signifies unwavering confidence in Malaysia’s resilient and robust data center ecosystem, its digitally skilled talent pool, and world-class infrastructure,” he added.

US digital infrastructure firm Equinix enters Malaysia with $40M data center investment